Farmer’s Market Recipe

This week at the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market I picked up a vegetable to feature in a recipe. As I walked Higuera street looking for veggie inspiration, I was reminded of my favorite family recipe that features Cauliflower! This incredibly nutrient dense vegetable has been hidden in my mom’s homemade Chinese food recipe since I was little! It is one of the warmest meals I have even enjoyed; perfect for winter! I used to beg my mom for homemade Chinese food…even in the summer. Sometimes I would get the look of a madman. Other times she would oblige and make it and make the whole family sweat through dinner.

There are so many incredible memories associated with this meal. I was unashamedly excited to share this meal with my new roomies here in SLO. One of them being 100% Chinese, I was a little intimidated since this is a very white-washed version of the real deal. They both loved the meal and I hope you do too!

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Dinner with my gals

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts or 3 pork chops, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 4 celery ribs (or sticks, whatever you call them), chopped
  • 1 small container of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • water
  • 6 oz of reduced sodium soy sauce 
  • Chinese noodles
  • Vegetable or canola oil

Directions

  1. Cut up your meat into bite sized chunks. Add a small amount of oil to the bottom of a stock pot and turn stove to medium heat.
  2. Once oil is heated add your meat and brown.
  3. Once the outside of the meat is browned add your white onion.
  4. When the onion has softened and the meat is cooked add your veggies.
  5. Add water to the pot until it just barely covers your veggies.
  6. Add your soy sauce. If your water is not brown then continue to add until the water has completely turned a light shade of brown.
  7. Cover and bring to a boil.
  8. Let your vegetables cook in the boiling water.
  9. Once veggies are soft add your bean sprouts.
  10. While your water is boiling start frying your noodles
  11. Add enough oil to your pan to lightly cover the bottom of it. Heat stove to medium-high heat
  12. When oil is hot add your noodles.
  13. Cook noodles to desired crispiness.

Serve your Chinese food over the noodles. As seen in the above picture.

 

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