This part of my life began when my very sick partner was diagnosed with Celiac. Even the slightest exposure to gluten can make him very ill for several days, so I have pursued gluten-free options with thorough aggression. In the U.S. a recent surge of gluten awareness means we have more choices than ever, but it still means hunting and analyzing and tracking down parent companies. After several years now of doing so, I want to share my tricks and tips with others who are still struggling.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Recipe Box: Sesame Noodles with Bok Choy

A fresh, tasty, hearty meal or side dish that makes a great lunch the next day.

Ingredients (makes 6 full servings):

1 12-16 package rice noodles (more noodles = lighter flavor/less sauce)
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds)

1 lb bok choy or baby bok choy, leaves and stems chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, minced
6-10 oz mushrooms, sliced
peanut or sesame oil, for frying (2-4 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (can sub apple cider vinegar)
2 tablespoons tamari sauce
1 teaspoon sweet chili paste
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup corn starch in 1/2 cup cold water


Set a pot of water to boil for the noodles
Chop/mince all the veggies
Pre-heat a frying pan or wok with 1 tablespoon oil
Make the sauce:  Combine all but the corn starch/water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Once it boils, stir in the cornstarch/water, and continue stirring until it is evenly thickened.  Reduce heat to low and keep warm.
Put the noodles on to cook (6-8 minutes, or per package directions)
When the oil is hot enough to spit with a drop of water, stir-fry the veggies in batches, making sure you do not overfill the pan.  Add oil as necessary.  Before each batch, fry a proportionate amount of garlic and pepper until fragrant, then add mushrooms and bok choy.  Pull it from the pan when the bok choy leaves are wilted, but the stem pieces still have some crunch.  Set aside vegetables in large metal bowl.
Once noodles are finished cooking, drain and add to bowl with veggies.  Pour sauce over all and mix well.
Sprinkle top with sesame seeds before serving.  

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