Sunday, July 06, 2014

Mushrooms Spinach Saute with Noodles and Egg 清炒蘑菇菠菜

Preparing a meal for one (self) can be quite demotivating. Rather, it is wanting the MOST - tasty, nutritious, healthy, from the LEAST - time and effort. When you cook for a family (two of more), the ROI seems to be higher. No?

ROI or "Return of Investment". Consider this - for a little more time and effort, the whole family gets to enjoy delicious and healthy food, therefore the tendency to cook more side-dishes and more interesting dishes.

The logic of an engineer can be somewhat dangerous, sometimes.

However, don't forget to pamper yourself once in a while, even if it is preparing a meal just for yourself.


This quick ramen noodles with three kinds of mushrooms, and organic baby spinach fits the bill of wanting the most from the least.

The entire preparation DOES NOT involve much rinsing/cleaning and cutting/chopping - steps that typically take most time. It takes less than 30 minutes from prep.to finish and end of the meal, it leaves one feeling satisfied, healthy and...pampered.

Sandwiches, burgers and wraps are easy meals for one. Often, I also turn to noodles with "some other vegetables (or meat)" when cooking for one.

What would you cook if you are just preparing food for one person, for example, for yourself? Would you rather have salad, some kind of burger, or this?


Quick Mushrooms Spinach Saute with Ramen Noodles, Egg 清炒蘑菇菠菜
Ingredients:
1 pack of instant Ramen noodles
1 organic egg
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
2 green onions, finely sliced
1-2 tsp minced ginger  2oz bunashimeji (beech mushrooms)
2-3 fresh shitake mushrooms
1 handful of already sliced crimini mushrooms
1 tsp organic light soy sauce
Dash of ground white pepper
3 handfuls of organic baby spinach

Directions: Cook one pack instant noodles (about 1-2mins), depends on brand/product. When cooked, set aside. Prepare a pan to fry the egg. Set side. Saute all the green onions and 2/3 of prepared garlic (save 1/3 for the spinach) for about 1 min before adding the mushrooms. Add the soy sauce, and white pepper and cook the mushrooms till tender. Dish out, set aside. Saute the remaining garlic, and ginger, then add the baby spinach and lightly stir-fry till cooked. Add in the mushrooms, cooked noodles, and toss well. Serve with fried egg.

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