Mandarin Sesame Nutty Noodles

I swore I would never sing in front of a large group of people ( can you say, off-key much 😦 ?!?), but since this blog is where I go to just be me …….

*ahem – ahem*

….

“Noodle, use your noodle

Noodle, do the noodle dance  

Solve a problem, it’s no strain

Use your noodle, that’s your brain

Noodle, use your noodle

Noodle, do the noodle dance 

There’s an answer you can find

Use your noodle, that’s your mind

In a bind, just use your mind

Use your noodle!!”

p.s – thanks PB & J Otter – – your crazy otters are pretty snazzy!!

This is a double-whammy post, I’ve got dinner/lunch covered and I also just serenaded you 😉

I like you – – I really really like you ( you can also tell I really like you, because I didn’t tape myself actually singing this song)

And because I like you, I’m continuing the peanut butter pandemonium !!

These noodles are creamy, with a little zing of spice, they’re quick and easy – –

In a bind – just use your mind – – make these nutty noodles 😉

Mandarin Sesame Nutty Noodles

Nutty Noodle Sauce

1/2 Cup Peanut butter

1/2 Cup Kraft Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing

1 Tbsp Marmalade

1/8 Cup Light Soy Sauce

Nutty Noodles:

3 Lbs Flank Beef thinly sliced

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 Tbsp Ground Ginger

1 Tbsp Sriracha

110 Grams Spaghetti

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1 Cup chopped Brocoli

1 Cup sliced Celery

1 Cup sliced Green Pepper

1 Cup sliced Carrots

1/2 Cup sliced Onion

3 Tbsp Green Onions (for Garnish)

2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (for Garnish)

Directions:

In a small bowl, add all of the Nutty Noodle Sauce ingredients and mix until well combined.

Set aside until, you are ready to add to your noodles.

In a separate bowl, mix together beef, salt, black pepper, onion, ground ginger and sriracha sauce. Allow to marinade, while you prepare all of the other ingredients.

Next, chop all of your vegetables. Feel free to add more – or even less … it’s your noodles, make them as nutty as you’d like them to be!

 

Next, boil your spaghetti as directed on the package – normally boiling for 6-8 minuets. When finished, drain all of the excess water.

Then, over medium-high heat, add your sesame oil to a large wok ( a frying pan, will work just as well :)). Add your marinated beef. Cook for 3 minutes, until the beef begins loosing it’s pink-tone. Then, add your vegetables.

Cook for 3 more minutes

– – you really just want the vegetables to be heated, by cooking them for such a short time, you are ensuring they still have their yummy crunch.

Add your nutty noodle sauce.

And now, your noodles.

Mix it – dish it – dress it -eat it!

Happy Noodling Around my loves 🙂

Stay sweet

xox

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Spicy Beef Udooly-Noodley Soup

Yahoooo!! It’s SoupaPalooza time 🙂

Just in the nick of time too. As the weather is still pretty cold, there’s snow on the ground and all you want to do is swim in a bubbly hot tub of your favourite soup (what? – what do you mean you don’t do that … errmmm – – yea, me too – I totally don’t dream of doing that) the brilliant women of Tidy Mom & Dine and Dash bring you SoupaPalooza 2012.

Here you will find rich delicious soups, hot velvety stews, chilli’s that are to die for and all that warm yummy-goodness known to take away the chill during cold winter months.

And sweethearts, to add to this party of amazing-ness – – I’ve got a doozey for you!

Spicy Beef Udooly-Noodley Soup.

What makes this soup so amazing?

– The rich flavours used.

– The fact that it simmers all day, to bring you an out of this world broth

and most importantly …

It’s slurp-ability!!

Yep, you heard me !!

Remember when you were growing up and mom made chicken noodle soup ( even if it was from a can). I know I would sit there – – ever so silently attempting to slurp every noodle … one.by.one.

I was convinced, I was a ninja — cunning and swift in my soup eating skills.  That was until … I would hear from behind me

“ HEY!! STOP THAT?!?”

… you got’ta love moms. It’s their job to raise humans and make sure we don’t turn out like monkeys (for the most part)… hence, the seldom yelling is sometimes necessary.

Secretly though, I know mom’s find the slurping hilarious (just don’t tell my mom I said that 🙂 !!).

Let’s not tell any mom’s this .. but I’m encouraging you to get messy – – and slurp away!!

When this particular pot comes out in my kitchen – – the entire family knows what’s going down. They expect aromas of deliciousness to dance from room to room, throughout the day. They know, tonight  – well tonight’s going to be a great night, ending with us all have a warm soup tummy.

Get in on the slurpy-delicious-cozy soup tummy feeling tonight!

Spicy Beef Udooly-Noodley Soup.

The stock that will keep you going back for more

4 Sticks of Lemon Grass

1 inch Piece of Ginger

5 Cloves of Garlic

1/4 Cups Fresh Thyme

1 Tbsp Cinnamon Spice

3Tbsp Sriracha Sauce

1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce

2 Tbsp Onion Powder

2 Tbsp Ground Ginger Powder

2 Tbsp Salt

2 Tbsp Black Pepper

Directions

Add all of the above ingredients into a large soup pot.

Cover with 3 litres of water. Bring to a boil for 25 minutes.

Lower heat to a simmer and allow all of the flavours to make sweet sweet love – – for at least 45 minutes. To be honest, I normally allow this to boil all day. The longer it simmers, the more flavourful the stock.

After all of the flavours have meshed, remove all the large pieces from your stock.

The Meat of the matter

3 Lbs thinly sliced lean chuck beef

2 Tbsp Worchestire Sauce

2 Tbsp Salt

2 Tsp Black Pepper

Directions

In a medium sized bowl, add all of the ingredients above. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes  – or even better, over night.

Once marinated, add to boiling stock. Allow to cook for 10 minutes, do not over cook – as you don’t want your beef to become tough.

Let’s Veggie-size

(feel free to use any vegetables you may have on hand – – get creative with your soup … after all you’re the boss of it 😉 )

1 Cup Bean Sprouts

2 Cups Cabbage, finely shredded

2 Large Carrots shaved using a vegetable-peeler (GENIUS!!)

2 Cups Green Beans

2 Cups Broccoli

Directions

Prepare all of the vegetables as indicated above.

Keep in separate bowls so each individual can customize their soup to their liking.

The Udooly-Noodles

2 packs Udon Noodles

5 Cups Boiling water

Directions:

In a large colander, place udon noodles.

When ready to eat – cover noodles with boiling water and allow to steam for 5 minutes.

Drain and begin to build your soup!!

Bring on the soup tummy feeling!!

Now that everything is prepared – – let’s get hot and throw this noodley-delight together!!

Build your soup in the following fashion:

In your favourite soup bowl, add a cabbage base layer
Next, layer your shaved carrots – a couple green beans and enough broccoli to make your heart happy
Then, noodle up!!
Last and most importantly – – get beefy .. .and add that simmering stock to bring this home 🙂

slurp-slurp-slurpitty-slurp.

Enjoy, cupcakes 😉

If you want more of this warm and cozy soup action – – or even better, if you have a bowl that you want to share – – Come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset.

Happy slurping children of the playground.

Stay sweet

xoxo