It’s no secret everyone loves Chinese takeout. And I have been craving it for a couple days now. But, with the weather in Minnesota being -50, I decided to take my cravings to my kitchen and create something close to Chinese takeout. And let me tell you this Chinese Beef and Noodles came out way better than any Chinese takeout I could have had.
Now although this recipe is Whole30 friendly, I wasn’t focusing on making it Whole30. I just wanted something quick, simple and delicious to satisfy my cravings. So, I started with the basics; lots garlic and onions sautéed in a mix of avocado and sesame oils. Then I added some ground beef and cooked it until it was brown.
CHINESE beef & noodles
But I knew I needed some kind of sauce to take this dish over the top. So I started mixing a few things together. I knew I didn’t want to use any added sugar so I decided to go with unsweetened apple sauce to sweeten the sauce up a little. And that made all the difference. The ground beef mixture turned out perfect and all I have to do now is add the noodles and toss it until it is well combined with the sauce.
Now let’s talk about the noodles. I am using zucchini noodles because it’s the one vegetable noodle that can hold up to with the beefy sauce. I get so many questions about working with zucchini noodles. The one question I get all the time is “how do I make sure my zucchini noodles don’t come out watery”. Well, here are a few of my tips to making almost perfect (because you will always have some liquid left in there; it’s a vegetable) zucchini noodles EVERYTIME.
Perfect Zucchini Noodles:
- First you want to spiralize the zucchini. I use the Inspiralizer (the best one on the market). After spiralizing your noodles, transfer them to a bowl lined with a clean kitchen towel and a large sheet of cheesecloth.
- Sprinkle the zucchini noodles with a few pinches of salt and let it sit for about 7-10 minutes. The slat will draw out most of the liquid from the zucchini.
- Now, squeeze the towel with the zucchini noodles and get as much liquid out as you can.
- Then transfer the noodles to a hot pan with avocado oil and sauté the noodles for a few minutes to cook it a bit (do not add any more salt). Serve it up with a sauce of your choice.
- Now, If you are making this recipe, add the noodles from the kitchen towel and cheesecloth directly to the beef mixture.
Now, If you are making this recipe, add the noodles from the kitchen towel and cheesecloth directly to the beef mixture. Cook on high heat for a few minutes until the noodles are cooked and all the ingredients have married.
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