Thai Beef Noodle Bowls

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This recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker’s 1500 Calorie a Day Cookbook

It works well as a lunch or dinner meal- this last week I had it for both. It’s light, with fresh flavors but still packs in some protein and leaves you feeling full.

This was my first time using shirataki noodles and I was pretty eager to give them a shot. I’m a lover of all pasta but over time I have come to realize that pasta makes me feel like crap and provides very little nutritionally. Even more, a small serving packs in wayyyyy too many calories. These noodles, are the shape and size of spaghetti with very few calories. 2/3’s cup is only 15 calories. Let that sink in.

For those picky eaters with texture issues – these probably aren’t for you. The noodles come in a watery solution. I washed them thoroughly and did my best to separate them (they tend to stick together). The noodles have a slimy and gel-like quality and also seem a bit more firm than regular noodles when bitten into. With that said, I can’t complain – they were tolerable and a nice alternative to real spaghetti.

Thai Beef Noodle Bowl

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Prep time: 25 minutes       Cook time: 25 minutes         Serves: 6

Ingredients:

-1tsp canola oil
-1lb sirloin steak, thinly sliced across the grain
-salt and pepper
-1 medium onion, thinly sliced
-2 tablespoons of ginger
-1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-3 cups of water
-3 cups of chicken broth
-2 tbsp of reduced-sodium soy sauce
-1 1/2c of shredded napa cabbage
-1 package (8oz.) shirataki noodles, drained and rinsed
-6 mint leaves
-2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
-6 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced
-1 lime, cut into 6 wedges

Directions:

1. Prepare all ingredients:

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2. Heat a dutch over over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper. When the dutch oven is hot, add the beef. Cook for 3-4 minutes, allowing beef to brown on both sides. When done, remove from dutch oven and cover to keep warm.

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3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add onion, ginger, and jalapeno. Cook for 5 minutes (until onion is tender and transluscent), stirring frequently. Next, add in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

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4. Add water, broth, and soy sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Bring this to a boil and then add the cabbage, noodles, and beef. Stir and allow to heat for another 5 minutes (until hot).

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3. Pour mixture into 6 bowls (or, however many you need, and save the rest for leftovers). Top each bowl with 1tbsp green onion, 1tsp cilantro, 1 mint leaf, and 1 lime wedge. Enjoy!

Nutrition:
Cals: 170
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 7g
Sodium: 590mg
Protein: 22g

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What did you think? Have you tried shirataki noodles before?

Thanks for stopping by!

-A