Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. When I am in the kitchen I resemble an orchestra’s conductor combined with an electronica DJ. I thrive in the kitchen so much so I find it more appropriate to call it my playground. As part of my work’s 90 day challenge I have committed to losing 30 lbs by 04/01/13. That’s 2.5 lbs a week-totally doable. Not only will I be exercising 5-6 days a week but I will be eating nutrient rich foods in smaller portions. Having fun, kicking ass, and taking names. Done done and done.
Tonight’s dinner was a perfect example of eating healthy without skipping on taste. Meet my mushroom chowmein.
1 portobello mushroom, washed and sliced into strips
1/2 cup olive oil plus 2 tbls for cooking
1/4 cup liquid aminos or soy sauce
6 garlic cloves, minced and divided
8 oz (half box) chowmein noodles or linguine noodles
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 onion, diced
2 zucchinis, chopped
1 broccoli bunch, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1/4 cup plus 2 tbls reduced sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tbls hoisin sauce
2 tbls sugar
Make this part at least 2 hours ahead. Mix 1/2 cup olive oil and liquid aminos in a ziplock bag. Chop your portobello mushroom and place in the bag. Place in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add noodles and cook according to package to reach an al dente consistency. Drain and reserve for wok.
Chop all ingredients ahead of time. In a wok, heat oil at medium heat. Add 1 minced garlic clove, carrots and celery stirring occasionally for 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl for later use.
Add 1 minced garlic clove, bell pepper, onion, and zucchini to wok stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add white wine in tsp increments as need to keep mixture from drying out. Transfer to the bowl with the carrot and celery mix.
Take out your mushrooms and discard liquid. Add 1 minced garlic clove, broccoli, and mushrooms to wok and cook 2 1/2 minutes. Add green onions and cook for 1 more minute.
Mix in noodles, remaining garlic and veggie mix stirring until incorporated. Mix in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sugar and cook for 4 minutes.
And that is that. Eat your heart out Panda Express, this dinner tasted like an absolute splurge.