Monday, October 3, 2011

Noodle Stir-Fry

{Meatless Monday}

I saw this one on Our Best Bites and I knew I had to try it!  I guess we don't eat very much chinese food at our table because my three youngest tried to say they weren't hungry and not eat a single bite.  My eleven year old would take a bite, gag, chew some more, and then make herself swallow.  (She REALLY wanted the orange cream bar that was for dessert!)

But my husband and I and our two teenagers LOVED it!  ; )  So I guess the little ones will have more chances to get used to it!

Here's what you'll need:

1 12-oz. package linguine
1/4 cup soy sauce (I mixed regular soy sauce with Soy Vay's Teriyaki Sauce---YUM!!)
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Asian sweet red chili sauce
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1-2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 small red onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced or pressed
1 large red or yellow pepper, sliced
1 cup fresh or frozen green sugar snap peas, snow peas, edamame, or green beans
1 medium zucchini, julienned

This was the first time I have used fresh ginger and we LOVED it!  I was most excited about this recipe because it is such a change from what we are normally eating.  Hooray for variety!  ;)

Cook linguine according to directions.  Drain and then toss with 1 T. olive oil.

Whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, sweet chili sauce, and dark sesame oil. 
Set aside.  (I actually didn't use dark sesame oil...just regular oil...and the only sweet chili sauce I could find was PRICEY, so I bought a cheaper garlic chili sauce that is listed as one of the ingredients in the pricey one and just used a little bit to give it some of the asian heat.)

While the noodles are cooking, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the sliced onions, garlic, and ginger with the canola/peanut oil. Stir fry 1-2 minutes or until fragrant, but the garlic isn’t burning. Add the peas/beans and stir fry for about 30 seconds.   (I meant to get pics of the steps...but then the evening turned to chaos, and I forgot! ; )

 (cut up your zucchini into small spears)

Add the zucchini and peppers and stir fry for another minute or two until the veggies are crisp-tender. Add the noodles and stir fry until the noodles are well-combined with the vegetables. Drizzle the sauce evenly over the noodles and stir fry the entire mixture for a minute or until everything is well-coated in the sauce. Serve immediately–garnish with chopped cilantro or lime wedges.


  1. Hello Rebecca! I'm Karen and after learning more about the health benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet and carefully rereading the Word of Wisdom in the D&C decided I needed to use less meat in the meals I prepare for myself and my family. I came up with the term Sparitarian on my own, then thought...I can't be the only one! So I googled the term sparitarian and found you! I truly believe there are a lot of people out there who want to eat less meat, but because of traditions, habit and society have a hard time doing that. That's why I think your blog is invaluable to people like us who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, more in line with the WoW teachings. It gives us options that are yummy and use regular ingredients. Thank you for that! I hope you don't mind me posting your link on my facebook page as I try to publicize the term sparitarian. For I have decided that is what I am trying to be. :) Thanks again, Karen.

  2. Karen...thank you so much for your wonderful comment! My husband was the one who came up with "Sparitarian" in our family. He started eating mostly vegetarian about two years before I switched our whole family over to eating meat sparingly. Now I cook it at home about once a month, but my kids have it once a week when they get to choose a school lunch.
    I started this blog because I had SO many people saying, "What do you eat?" and asking for recipe ideas. My hope has always been that I could help others know how to feed their families in a healthy way and help them move away from meat as the main dish every night! I have been delighted to find so many delicious vegetarian recipes...and I look forward to finding many more!
    Thank you for your enthusiastic support!