ginger noodles with kale & shiitakes

Our vacation was filled with two weeks of unapologetic amounts of cheese, bread, wine and pastries… so coming home, this is the kind of comforting meal I look forward to… healing asian foods… shiitake mushrooms, ginger, sesame (and kale just for kale’s sake).

This is inspired by a recipe of Heidi’s that I’ve made countless times in a variety of ways. I just love the basic flavor idea – simmering ginger broth kicked up with lime juice basil, mint, and crushed red pepper flakes. Just because vacation is over doesn’t mean it’s time to eat boring food.

I kicked up the health-factor a notch by using shiratake noodles. (If you’ve never heard of them here’s the wikipedia description). The have no carbs or calories. I know… I was scared too. I had some rice noodles waiting in the wings in case these didn’t work out but they were delicious. The key is to use them in the right application. They won’t replace al-dente pasta, so I would not recommend using them in any kind of Italian dish. But they work well in Asian soups where you’re after a more slurpy noodle anyhow.

I seared some salmon to go on top, but it would be a delicious by itself as a vegetarian meal. If you’d like some more veggie protein, add some extra edamame or seared tofu.

serves 2
broth inspired by 101 Cookbooks

INGREDIENTS:
2 (7 oz) packages miracle shirataki noodles, (or kelp, soba, or noodle of your choice)
(I got mine in the refrigerated section at my Whole Foods, near the tofu)

splash of olive oil
1/2 -1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms, (cleaned gently with a towel, don’t rinse them)
1 cup thinly chopped kale (about 1/2 a bunch)
1-2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 clove minced garlic
2-3 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
2-3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup edamame, shelled and thawed
1 – 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
handful of chopped basil
handful of chopped mint
a squeeze of lime juice
drizzle of toasted sesame oil
crushed red pepper flakes or a splash of sriracha, (optional)
sesame seeds for garnish
salmon (optional)

Prepare your noodles – if you’re using the shiratake noodles, they don’t need to be cooked, but first, drain and rinse them. They have sort of a funky smell, so I recommend shocking them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then drain and rinse (again) in cold water. Set aside until you’re ready to use them.

In a large skillet (I used a stainless one where the sides of it are 4 or so inches high), splash a bit of olive oil. When it’s hot, add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until they have wilted down. 5 or so minutes. Toss in kale, ginger, garlic and scallions. Stir fry for a few minutes until the kale starts to wilt down, but garlic is not burning. (turn the heat down if garlic and ginger are starting to burn).

Add broth, edamame, and noodles and simmer for a few minutes. If your veggies are soaking up all your broth, add more.

Turn off heat, stir in soy sauce, basil, mint, lime juice, and red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Ladle in to bowls and finish with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Top with cooked salmon, if using.

to cook the salmon:
season with salt pepper, olive oil, and press some sesame seeds on top. In a hot skillet, place salmon, sesame seed side down, and sear so a light crust forms – 2 or so minutes. (some sesame seeds will fall off, that’s ok. Flip salmon and continue cooking until it’s more (but not completely) opaque in the middle. About 4-6 more minutes. Serve on top of bowls of ginger noodles. Sprinkle with more sesame seeds if some have fallen off.

17 comments

  1. Katy from Thestressbaker.wordpress.com on said:

    Sounds delicious but I’ve no idea how much broccolini to use, as the amount isn’t included in the recipe. How much broccoli I should I use?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      oops, I typed that wrong, I didn’t use broccolini this time (I have before so I happened to have it pre-written in my instructions). Really, you can use whatever veggies you like or happen to have on hand. This time, I just did kale, edamame, and mushrooms.

  2. Alicia on said:

    Shirataki noodles! – Something new to try, thanks for the idea.

  3. Laura from thespicedlife.com on said:

    I love this kind of soup. I crave it when I am sick–so much more interesting and flavorful than the standard chicken noodle. Pinning now.

  4. Autumn on said:

    WOW I can’t wait to make this! The flavor combination sounds amazing!!! Thanks for another great recipe!!!

  5. My gosh this looks incredible. I love how comforting it looks too. Yum.

  6. Laura from thefirstmess.com on said:

    I crave the same healing, typically Asian, foods after a vacation/indulgent food bender. I love the brothiness and strong flavours here. And I’m so stoked to try shiratake noodles now!

  7. Buckwheattobutter from Buckwheattobutter.blogspot.com on said:

    I am on my way home from an unapologetic vacation myself. : )
    This is the first thing I plan to cook. Good call.

  8. I’m a huge fan of shiritaki noodles–I ate them almost every day after my last baby. They helped me loose my baby weight. I agree, they don’t quite replace al dente pasta, but they go great in asian-style dishes, like this one.

  9. Heather from sundaymorningbananapancakes.blogspot.com on said:

    This is such a beautiful and simple meal – my kind of weeknight dinner!

    I just so happen to have a package of those noodles in my fridge – I feel an asian inspired soup is in order for dinner tonight!

  10. Jess from sweet-athena.com on said:

    This looks delicious! I plan on making this as soon as the weather gets colder.

  11. Oh my goodness, this looks divine. After a month of indulgence, I have been on the hunt for tasty clean food, and this broth seems just perfect! I have been a little wary of shiritaki noodles, especially as they’re so trendy and marketed to people as a “skinny” alternative to pasta, but this dish has convinced me to give them a try. A beautiful recipe!

  12. Jocelyn on said:

    Just found your blog and read all the way through every post! We are not vegetarians (or pescitarians) but I have been so inspired by your posts and have already begun thinking of ways to mix these ideas I to our usual line up.

    This recepie looks delicious and I wanted to add that we love these noodles too, though my boyfriend habitually refers to them as “space noodles”! They make a great alternative in a lite, Asian inspired dish though I would have to agree that they would not be a good substitute in a hearty italian dish.

  13. Shelley from unsailedships.blogspot.com on said:

    just made this. amazing! I loved all the flavors and it was so easy to make. I will definitely make this all winter long. reminds me of pho :)

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