Let me tell you about my favorite quick and tasty weeknight dinner. Yakisoba noodles. You can find these in the cooler section of almost any supermarket in Los Angeles, but they are hard to find in the Eastern states. I missed these noodles so much while I was gone, that I sometimes wonder if they weren’t partially responsible for my decision to return…
I consider asian noodles to be one of my guilty pleasure foods. Let’s face it, the noodles alone don’t offer much nutrition. But they do make a scrumptious vehicle for my favorite vegetables, which usually means every vegetable I have in the house.
I get Maruchan’s fresh Yakisoba noodles and more or less follow their directions. I pre-cook my veggies for a few minutes – in this case, bell pepper, onion, and kale. Then, I set my veggies aside, cook the noodles for about 30 seconds in whatever oil is left in the pan, add 1/4 cup of water and the seasoning packet from the package, stir about 2 minutes until the noodles completely soften, then add everything back into the pan for final seasonings. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes, and dinner is ready to go.
For protein, I’ve added everything from tofu to steak. But if you’re in a hurry, just add a fried or scrambled egg to the mix. Dinner for two in ten minutes AND I get to indulge my love of asian noodle dishes. Yes, please!
How do you turn your guilty pleasure foods into nutritious meals?