Maybe it is a sign I am growing up, or maybe my taste buds have just changed, but my new favorite vegetable is cabbage. I love this stuff and I can’t get enough. It went from being a once a season veggie for me to a weekly staple. I even got all my girls to eat it as well. Sautéed cabbage with onion and butter is a simple side dish. It is great in stir fry, cabbage rolls, cole slaw, sauerkraut and it is nothing to add a head to a big batch of my version of pancit (which I am sure would making any true filipino cringe.)
My version of Pancit
1 package of bean thread noodles….they are very thin, dry white/transluscent noodles sold in the Asian section of the market. They are packaged in little bundles. I get them at United Grocers for under a dollar.
Soak in hot water for about 15 minutes (longer is fine, I have done them all day) Then drain well.
1/2 head of cabbage thinly sliced
1/2 onion thinly sliced
2 carrots (grated or thinly sliced)
1 zucchini cut into rounds
2 cups of broccoli florets
You can really add any veggie you like…cauliflower, celery, mushrooms,peas, green beans, snow peas, asparagus, bean sprouts, bell peppers, yellow squash, kohlrabi, coarsely chopped kale, collards or chard. It is a great recipe to use all the leftovers in your produce drawer. I usually have anywhere from 8-12 cups of veggies.
Heat a wok or large fry pan ….when the pan is hot add sesame seed oil or peanut oil (you can sub any oil; use what you have…the sesame seed or peanut add a more asian flair) to cover the bottom of the pan.
When the oil is hot add veggies saute til’ just tender.
At this point you can add some chopped meat…ham, bacon, chicken, beef….whatever leftovers I have. To up the protein content, I usually scramble a couple of eggs. I genrally use 4 eggs for a full batch.
Add noodles, toss til well mixed.
Add 1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves of pressed garlic
2 Tablespoons of fresh ginger
(If you chopped a lot of veggies you may need to increase the soy sauce, garlic and ginger; just taste and see.)
You can sub this for Teriyaki Sauce or just add 1-3 TB of brown sugar to the soy sauce, garlic, ginger mix.
Mix and simmer for a few minutes.
Garnish with chopped green onion.
This makes a ton. If you have a smaller family you can halve the recipe, but it does make great leftovers.