So after 5 weeks of chaos, dust, tears, angst, sweat, and “Moves Like Jagger”played on repeat at 2:00 in the morning, we have, like, 97% of a kitchen. We still have a few little projects and we also have to make the 4-hour trek to Ikea for a third time (don’t EVEN get me started. I vow to all of you here and now that if I ever do another Ikea kitchen, I will live within a 90-minute radius of Satan’s Swedish Storeroom.) I’m posting pictures next week so you guys can all take a little peek into our adventures (but only if you want to–if you don’t want to see my kitchen, we’ll provide you with plenty of alternative activities).

Anyway, during our time of kitchenlessness, I had such fabulous intentions of using my slow cooker and the burner on my grill (um, am I stupid?! That never happened), but really, we just ended up eating out a lot. It sounded kind of fun at first, but honestly, it got gross. All of us were longing for a home-cooked meal, preferably one with lots of vegetables. So once we got the dust cleared out of all the nooks and crannies (literally) and I refilled the fridge, I started experimenting with stir-frying noodles and veggies (and you can also add chicken to this which was missing in this incarnation and my husband was sad).

You’ll need garlic, ginger, bell peppers, zucchini, a red onion, something green and poddish (sugar snap peas, snow peas, green beans, or edamame), and noodles. I tried whole wheat and regular linguine and they were both delicious, but you could also use soba or rice noodles if you prefer them.

Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta according to the package directions. When the noodles are done cooking, drain them and quickly toss them in 2-3 teaspoons olive oil so they don’t stick together.

While the noodles are cooking, get the sauce ready–you’ll need soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sweet red chili sauce (Thai Kitchen has one that’s great and easy to find in the grocery store), and brown sugar. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside.

If you haven’t already, prep the veggies–cut the peppers, zucchini, and onion into thin strips and mince the garlic and ginger.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of canola or peanut oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the onions, ginger, and garlic and stir fry 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add the peas (or beans or edamame) and stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add the zucchini and peppers and stir fry for another 30 seconds or until the veggies are crisp-tender. Add the noodles and stir fry until the noodles are well-combined with the vegetables. Give the sauce a quick whisk and then drizzle it evenly over the noodles and stir fry the entire mixture for about 30-60 seconds or until everything is well-coated in the sauce. Serve immediately. if you want, you can garnish individual servings with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, and black sesame seeds.

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