Beef and Eggplant Noodles

August 3, 2016 0 Comments

It seems to me that most times people make a polar dietary changes because of a life event, or an awareness that has come to light resulting in a life style change. Generally speaking the most common changes result in taking things out of your diet- gluten, dairy, meat. I for one have went the other way. For many years I was back and forth from a lacto-ovo vegetarian, vegetarian with chicken only, to pescitarian, to lacto-ovo vegetarian again, to whatever I feel like in the moment, to now I eat everything. Don’t worry, I still can’t keep my dietary timeline straight. While I was raised a vegetarian on religious grounds, the biggest reason I revisited leaving meat out of my diet was purely because of how it made me feel; I always felt better. Although I enjoy meat occasionally, especially after learning how to properly cook meat in culinary school, I still prefer most of my weekly meals be  vegetarian. I only started eating meat for two reasons. 

  1. Curiosity. Chicken always looked so good on those KFC commercials. Ironically enough I despise KFC chicken.
  2. My 16 year-old confused teenage body felt as if I was deprived and limited by my vegetarian diet and thought the best way to solve that problem was to add school cafeteria chicken sandwiches to it- yes, I’m embarrassed to admit it but it’s the truth.

Beef and Eggplant Noodles 4You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about being a vegetarian on a blog starting off with “Beef…!” Well because this dish can really be catered both ways. I had ground beef in the fridge that needed to be used so I threw it in. I’m really that simple and straightforward. Okay, it was 7:00pm on a Thursday night and quiet honestly I didn’t have time to think more than I needed to. I found an eggplant in my fridge, realized my carnivore husband would not approve of a vegetarian dish after a long day at work, reached for the ground beef that was yelling “TAKE ME!” and that was how this happened. However, as I was cooking the eggplant in the wok I realized that this dish could easily be made with veggies and tofu, ground chicken, or ground pork. It’s a simple cook your veggies and meat, stir in the sauce, add noodles, toss, and done kind of dish. I’m pretty certain that the next time we make this dish it will be with tofu and broccoli…I hope Darren’s okay with that.

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Beef and Eggplant Noodles
I used a wok to make this dish but a large skillet would be sufficient. You can also toss in rice instead of noodles at the end or enjoy as a meat and veggie dish. I had ramen noodles on hand, but an egg noodle would also work great.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start to bring water to a high simmer and begin cooking the vegetables.
  2. Heat wok on medium high heat and add about a tablespoon of oil. Add onions and sauce until translucent. In the last minute of the onions cooking add in minced garlic. Cook together for another minute.
  3. Pour onions and garlic in a bowl and set aside. In the hot wok, add oil and cook eggplant until soft and browned. Once the eggplant is cooked, add it to the bowl with onions and garlic.
  4. Heat wok again, add a touch more oil and pour in eggs. Begin to scramble until cooked and add the cooked eggs with the vegetables set aside.
  5. Bring water to a boil and cook noodles according to the package. They will likely finish cooking before the beef is ready so strain and set aside.
  6. Once the noodles start to cook, add a touch more oil to the hot wok and add the chili flakes and ground beef.
  7. Break up the ground beef until its very fine and cook until it starts to lightly crisp. This takes about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Add the soy sauce and hoisin sauce to the wok and stir the meat in thoroughly. Cook together for about 2-3 minutes until sauce slightly thickens and becomes bubbly.
  9. Add the veggies to the meat followed by the noodles and toss to evenly distribute the meat and veggies throughout the noodles. Serve immediately.
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North Carolina born, Vancouver living, cooking, and baking fanatic that is bringing my kitchen to the internet.

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