When I was in college I ate a lot of ramen. (Who didn’t?)
As a vegetarian, I would toss the seasoning pack in favor of creating my own flavor. I would even use pasta sauce. My boyfriend and I consumed many ramen munchie creations while sobering up on the couch watching Simpson’s re-runs.
*(Are you reading this Nathan?)
With maturity came the realization that ramen noodles aren’t exactly healthy. I haven’t ate them in over a decade.
I don’t eat flour at all anymore, but I do enjoy zucchini and spaghetti squash “pasta” and now my new favorite “noodle”:
I found enoki mushrooms at the Korean mart and swiftly helped myself. I LOVE trying new vegetables. I took out my books and got acquainted with my new friend before deciding what to do with them.
Enoki Mushrooms are low-calorie and high-fiber. They are great sources of niacin, potassium and B vitamins. A one cup serving has two grams of protein. Not bad!
Enoki mushrooms are very crisp and can be eaten raw like sprouts in salads or sandwiches. They make a wonderful garnish for soups and when sautéed they become a pasta/noodle substitute.
As soon as I heard soup and noodles I knew what had to be done.
The enoki mushroom has a spongy base that you need to trim before using.
Separate the “noodles” and rinse in cold water.
I sautéed the shrooms in sesame oil and gomasio and…
….Ta-to the-da, you get “Shroomodles.”
These are delicious as is (the nutty sesame oil is the perfect foil for these guys). I decided to throw them in some simple miso soup for the ultimate slurp experience.
All I did was boil water, garlic and scallions and added the miso and shroomoodles at the last minute.
*Never boil miso unless you want to destroy the super-amazing enzymes in it. Who’d want to do that?*
The noodles retain a bit of their crunch, like an al dente pasta. Yum.
It’s 89 degrees out, I’m off to get my swim on.
- What are you up to this weekend?
- Can you eat soup in warm weather?
- When was the last time you tried a new produce item?
*EDITED TO ADD* In light of some comments I received, I feel obligated to add that this bowl of soup is not an adequate source of nutrition and is in no means my idea of a meal. I feel silly having to write this as it seems a bit defensive, but I love reader comments and I think a couple people may have misconstrued this post.