Recipe Share #1: [Paleo] Kelp Noodle Japchae

5 Aug

One of the goals of this blog is to share delicious (and healthy) recipes. I’ve had several co-workers and friends ask me for recipes to try, so I hope this blog helps with that. Since I’m trying to stick with the Paleo diet right now, most recipes will be paleo/primal. And since the internet is already super-saturated with talented food bloggers, most of my recipes are ones I find online. Hopefully as I become a more seasoned cook, I’ll share highly-original, mind-blowingly awesome recipes that I create myself.

The first recipe I’d like to share is Paleo Japchae. For those of you who don’t know… Japchae is a delicious Korean dish that uses noodles (made from sweet potato), veggies, and meat. I had it for the first time at my boss’s baby shower… and I fell in love with the dish. It was so good, and I liked the different textures that the glass noodles, veggies, and meats offered. And really… it seemed like it could be a pretty healthy meal with a few adjustments. I decided I’d try to make a paleo version of it, so I googled “paleo japchae” and came across this recipe. Looked delicious, so I gave it a go… with a few adjustments. Instead of soy sauce, I used coconut aminos. And instead of sea food, I used chicken breast. And I didn’t cook the kelp noodles beforehand like the recipe originally called for. Here was the result:

Kelp Noodle Jap Chae

It was pretty damn good, and that’s why I’m sharing this recipe. Here’s a run-down of the recipe (with my modifications):

Ingredients:
Makes 4 servings
1-1.5 lb chicken breasts
5 oz spinach
4 oz white mushrooms (sliced)
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup slices carrots (julienned)
3 stalks green onions (approximately 1 cup chopped into 1 inch pieces)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoon coconut aminos
1/2 tablespoon of Sriracha sauce (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
2 bags of 12oz kelp noodles

Directions
Rinse the kelp noodles thoroughly and set aside.

Cut the chicken breasts into chunks. In a large (I’m not kidding — it needs to be big!) saute pan, heat the sesame oil on medium. Once oil is hot, add the chicken chunks and cook until no-longer pink.  Once the chicken looks about done, add the remainder of ingredients (except the sesame seeds). Constantly stir the spinach and mushrooms until they have wilted and browned, respectively. Then add the kelp noodles and sesame seeds. Continually stir for several minutes until the kelp noodles have absorbed the flavors in the saute pan and turn a nice light golden color.

Hope you enjoy. Kelp noodles are pretty cool actually — I’ve used them many times as a pasta substitue. They’re very neutral in flavor, and supposedly supply a good amount of iodine. They have a bit of a crunch to them — if you want it softer, you can boil the kelp noodles before using them in this recipe. That’s what the original recipe calls for — I just like my noodles al dente.

Okay so there you go! My first shared recipe! Yippeeee!

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7 Responses to “Recipe Share #1: [Paleo] Kelp Noodle Japchae”

  1. cpham22 August 5, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    If I sat next to you, I would grab a big chunk from your bowl with my chopsticks.

    • Meghan August 5, 2012 at 4:36 am #

      Haha — maybe someday I can make you some 🙂

  2. Jenny August 6, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Umm I love Japchae and this looks so good. I will definitely be trying it!

    • Meghan August 13, 2012 at 5:33 am #

      let me know how it comes out! when did you discover japchae? none of my friends have ever told me about it before! i was mad it took me this long to discover it! lol

      • Jenny August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

        There’s a good Korean bbq place in Austin (legit, the menu is in Korean) and that’s where I first tried it.

  3. sybaritica August 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    I’ve not heard of kelp noodle… do they have any special flavor?

    • Meghan August 9, 2012 at 3:12 am #

      They’re very neutral in taste — I wouldn’t say they taste like much of anything. There’s a regular kind, and a “green tea” kind. The green tea ones didn’t taste much different from the regular. I really like them because you can do pretty much any flavor/recipe you want with them.

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