Kelp and Kickball….

Guess what! 
I joined an adult, intramural kickball team! 
We are called the “Sons of Pitches” and had our first official meeting last night. I threw aside my introverted self and tried to talk to each member of my team. It was exhausting, but worth it! I can’t wait to get started! Don’t worry…. Pictures and score updates will be posted as often as possible!
For dinner tonight, I found an amazing looking Soba Noodle recipe in this month’s edition of Better Nutrition Magazine. I made a few tweaks to the original recipe (you may notice I didn’t even use Soba Noodles!) and ended up with a delicious winner of a recipe! If you are not a fan of heat, reduce the Red Pepper Flakes to 1/8 tsp, or eliminate all together. 

Kelp Noodles with Wild Mushrooms and Ginger-Mirin Sauce
(Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 1 small pkg. Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles
  • 1/2 Zucchini, spiralized into “noodles”
  • 1 Tblsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 lg bunch Scallions, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 2 small Red Bell Peppers, cored and cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1/2 lb Shiitake Mushroom Caps
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg Beech Mushrooms
  • 2″ fresh Ginger
  • 1/4 cup Mirin
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 2 cups Snap Peas, trimmed and sliced 1/2″ wide on a strong diagonal
  • 3 Tblsp Black Sesame Seeds, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped, fresh Cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Rinse Kelp Noodles and cut to desired length. Set aside.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add scallions, red peppers, and mushrooms. Toss or stir to coat with oil and cook for about 2 minutes, until mushrooms are soft.
  3. Peel and cut Ginger into chunks. Press juice through a garlic press. Discard solids.
  4. Add mirin, Bragg’s, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and snap peas to the pan and stir to coat. Cook 3-5 min., or until snap peas are just tender.
  5. Add Kelp and Zucchini noodles to the pan with the vegetables and stir to combine.
  6. To serve, divide between four bowls. Sprinkle each bowl with black sesame seeds and cilantro and enjoy!
 This is one meal GF Guy would not enjoy. I seem to be making quite of few of those lately…. I guess it’s good to get it all out of my system before he comes back. 
Speaking of GF Guy….
I get to visit him in Chicago in 7 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 37 seconds!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
I’m just a little excited. Can you tell?!
Have a happy Friday, Everyone!
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