I've been reducing my meat intake, but I'm not totally leaving meat behind.
I know this is not a dessert recipe but I'm excited to share some "new" recipes with you as I know a lot of you are just like me who wants to start eating clean.. since we notice.. some symptoms of... aging showing up every now and then... Who's old? Who's old?
Okay so though I want to eat healthy, I don't have much time to spare, but this recipe cooks in no time and you can make enough until dinner. The secret is planning. :)
Vegetarian Mee Goreng
- 2 Bundles of Buckwheat Noodles (cooked according to instructions)
- 1 cup Snow Peas
- 1/2 head of Cabbage
- 1/2 to 1 cup Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
- Onions (minced)
- Garlic (minced)
- Vegetarian Chicken Broth (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
- Coconut Sugar (optional)
- Sesame Oil (optional)
How to Prepare:
1. Prepare Buckwheat Noodle according to instructions and set aside. I'm new to this type of noodle but for me it tasted just like any Asian Noodle, a little more flavorful, and it's Low Glycemic. Yey. Meaning it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. It think it has a Glycemic Index of 59 so it's a good alternative to high GI noodles or pastas that keeps you coming back for more servings. It's grayish in color when cooked.
I bought this at Hypermarket in Mall of Asia costs around Php70 pesos only.
2. While boiling up your noodles, pour hot water to your dried shiitake mushrooms to hydrate it, place a saucer on top to make sure all mushrooms are soaked well and hydrated.
3. Next, prepare your veggies, slice up the cabbage, mince your onion and garlic. The drill.
4. It'll usually take around 5 minutes for the shiitake to be soft and ready, don't toss off the water just yet, this is what we'll use as a base to our stir-fry. It'll make your Mee Goreng more flavorful. And and oil-free stir fry. :)
5. Heat your wok or stir-fry pan, add 3 tablespoons of the Shitake water in to the pan and add the onions and garlic. Add a little bit of fish sauce, ground pepper and a dash of coconut sugar. (I just wanted to make the dish a little sweeter just like the Mee Gorengs usually served in Indonesia or Singapore). If it's drying up just add water and it'll keep it from sticking to your wok or pan.
6. Add your mushrooms.
7. Add the entire packet of Mee Goreng Spice Paste and saute.
Got this at the grocery for Php 79.
8. Add your veggies. You may add a few tbsps of shiitake water every now and then just to make sure nothing's sticking to the pan, add a dash of pepper.
I've added a few sprinkles of vegetarian Chicken broth (which you can buy at Healthy Options) as a replacement to salt and a tablespoon of Coconut Sugar, according to my taste.
9. Once the veggies are done, turn off the heat, add the buckwheat noodles and mix. I added a few drops of sesame oil for flavor. Serve immedietely.
This could serve 4 people. Or you can save some for dinner. That's what I usually do. :)