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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vegetable Yakisoba

We have been making an effort to eat vegetarian a couple of times a week lately. This change was prompted by Tim looking for more natural ways to control his acid reflux. Tim has been on medication for his reflux his entire adult life, and to be honest, he is done with pills. One of the things Tim discovered in his research was that eating a more alkaline diet would help control both his reflux and in turn his heartburn. As we started researching which foods were acidic and which were alkaline, we were shocked by what was on each list. For example, the alkaline food list includes lemons, limes, tomatoes, most vegetables, and soy products. Acidic foods include milk, meat, cheese, most sweetners, coffee, beer, and wine... We were flabbergasted. Milk is acidic? Lemons are alkaline? We considered ourselves knowledgeable food people, and this shook us. It was time to make some changes.

This does not mean Tim is becoming a vegetarian, He would never give up meat or wine entirely! We are making some small adjustments to our weekly menu, and measuring the results. An added perk is that it makes cooking for myself easier. Twice a week the whole family is eating the same thing!

Which brings me to last Thursday night. I created this dish on a whim, and I am incredibly proud of how it turned out. When asked, Tim said there was nothing he would change. Plus while it is packed with vegetables, it still has massive kid appeal. They could even help make it. It is that easy!

1/2 package Baby Carrots
1 package Shitake Mushroom
2 handfulls Snow Peas
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 bunch Green Onion
Bok Choy (I used 1 Baby Bok Choy)
1 package Udon Noodles
2-3 tbsp Sesame Oil
1/3 low sodium Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Honey
1/2 - 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
 Chop your vegetables. If you do a variety of shapes it will add texture to your dish.
Cook Udon Noodles according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
While the noodles are cooking start on the sauce.  In a small bowl or measuring cup whisk together Soy Sauce, Honey, and Crused Red Pepper Flakes. Have a glass of wine while you are doing it. I am still me after all.
 In a large skillet or wok over high heat, add 2-3 tablespoons of Sesame Oil. I will usually start with 2, and then after I add the vegetables, add a little more if it looks like it needs it.

 Add your carrots and sautee for a minute or two, then add the remaining vegetables and sautee for an additional 3-5 minutes (until crisp tender).

 Add your noodles and the sauce, and toss until well coated, everything is combined, and heated through.

This makes 4-6 servings.


Note: If you would like to look at a complete Food Alkalinity Chart you can find a very good one here. It is a fascinating read!

1 comment:

  1. That looks sooo good! I cant wait to try it :) thnx.