Sometimes the oddest of things work together. Salt & caramel (have you tried salty caramel fro-yo or ice cream? Yum!) for example. I love trying things you wouldn’t typically associate together & being successful, ending up with a delicious dish. I also love it when said dish takes like 5 minutes to make. Total. That’s it. For someone who’s balancing a full time job & grad school at the moment a quick meal is a life saver. I’m not a fan of eating out all the time so if I can make it & it’s quick I’m all in.
This recipe was inspired by my friend Tracey who told me she made a chicken version. At first, I was a bit skeptical of the recipe because of the shirataki noodles — have you ever tried them? They’re tofu noodles (found in the vegan section of most markets), they are very low carb & come pre-packaged in a liquid which I’ll admit, as a vegetarian, it’s off-putting because of the smell: The water smells like fish. But once you follow the directions of the package & rinse them well, microwave them & dry them, the smell totally goes away & the noodles taste nothing like fish. On their own they don’t have a lot of flavor but when mixed with the right ingredients they’re actually pretty good. If you’re looking for a low-carb alternative to pasta, shirataki noodles are your friends. So is spaghetti squash, but I digress. Let’s get to the Broccoli Shirataki.
Why did I say at the beginning of this post that sometimes the oddest things work together? Well, because when you look at the ingredients of this recipe you may think to yourself: Really Carolina?! Yes, really. Trust me, these ingredients together make a delicious, quick dish!
Ingredients (makes 1 big serving)
1 package shirataki noodles
1 cup broccoli heads
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 laughing cow garlic & herb spread cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt & pepper, to taste
Parmesan, to taste (optional)
Start by following the package instruction for the noodles: Rinse them well, place in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then drain & dry. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat, once the oil is hot add the garlic & broccoli & cook for 3 – 5 minutes until garlic & broccoli are golden brown (you can reduce the heat & cook longer if you like your broccoli soft but I like mine al dente).
Once the broccoli is cooked to your liking, add the shirataki noodles, laughing cow cheese, oregano, salt & pepper & toss until all are well integrated. Served topped with shaved parmesan for a little extra umph & voila, you’re done. Told you this dish was quick!
Sometimes making a good meal is all about mixing ingredients you may not think will go together. Tracey, thanks for telling me to try this, it was delicious. Now you kids go experiment in the kitchen!
Have you ever tried shirataki noodles? What’s your favorite quick dish?