Monday, March 26, 2018

Mongolian Beef Ramen

This is a contributed post.

A new use for this old favorite.
Ramen noodles have long had their place in most people’s kitchen. Sure, they’re not the best items you have, but they make for a handy shortcut when you’re in a rush.

The recipe below takes the ease of ramen but combines them with stunning, unique flavors to produce a meal that will redefine how you view noodles. This nutritious meal is a perfect choice for a weekday dinner, as you should be able to go from prep work to completed meal within a half hour. It’s all the ease of ramen but with extra value in terms of taste and nutrition— what more could you ask for?

To begin, you’re going to need to gather together the following ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 lb. of sirloin steak (cheaper meats also work well). This should be sliced against the grain; if you’re not sure how to do this, have a great guide. 
  • 3 packets of instant ramen (you won’t need the flavor pack most varieties contain) 
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch 
  • 2 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil 
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil 
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves (depending on taste preference). These should be minced. 
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger 
  • ½ cup of soy sauce or coconut aminos 
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar or a stevia substitute 
  • 1 cup of chicken broth 
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes and/or paprika 
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets 
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into matchsticks 
  • 3 green onions. These should be thinly sliced. 
  • (Optional) Toasted sesame or pumpkin seeds 
With all of your ingredients prepared, you’re ready to move onto the cooking phase. You’re going to need a large frying pan or skillet; the likes of have great options if your existing cookware is in need of an update. The great benefit of this meal is that it’s a one-pan-only recipe when the ramen are cooked, which makes it a great choice when you don’t have the time or inclination to spend a lot of time washing up.

How To Cook
  1. Cook the ramen noodles as per the package instructions. If you don’t want to use a second pan, then you follow the guide on to cook the ramen in your microwave. Drain the noodles when cooked and set to one side. 
  2. Plan your pan over a medium-high heat and heat your chosen olive or vegetable oil. 
  3. Add the corn starch and beef and cook until the steak is beginning to go crispy. 
  4. Transfer the cooked beef onto a plate and set to one side. 
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the sesame oil. 
  6. Add the garlic and ginger. 
  7. Cook the oil, garlic, and ginger for one minute. 
  8. Add the soy sauce/coconut aminos, sugar, and chicken broth. 
  9. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened. This takes anywhere from two to five minutes. 
  10. Add the broccoli and carrots and cook for five minutes. 
  11. Return the beef to the pan, then add the ramen and green onions. 
  12. Stir together until all ingredients are coated in the oil. 
  13. Optional: add the sesame or pumpkin seeds to serve. 
Here’s what your finished meal should look like— enjoy!

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