Better-Than-Takeout Stir-Fried Udon


Recipe found on Bon Appétit
My Rating: 5 out of 5

My Review

Ooo, yeah, we loved this one! It earned the right to it’s name: better than takeout, for sure. The bouncy, chewy Udon noodles were super fun and delicious! The sauce was perfect, not too much and not too little and the ground pork was moist and so full of flavor!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 cups very coarsely chopped green cabbage (we used pre-shredded red cabbage)
  • 2 7-ounce packages instant udon noodles, flavor packets discarded
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 5 scallions, white and pale-green parts coarsely chopped, dark-green parts thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger (from a 1-inch knob)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ⅓ cup mirin
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for serving

Baked Chimichurri Salmon


Recipe found on The Healthy Maven
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

My Review

This chimichurri recipe was one of the best ones we’ve tried, so far. It tasted extremely fresh, a bit sour but, still really nice. The onions and parsley stood out in such a good way. The salmon was flaky and wonderful, though, if you prefer a little crisp, this filet didn’t have that at all.

We served it with… Earth Balance Original “buttered” parsley noodles and baked zucchini with red onions

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 lb wild caught salmon
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp shallot (about ½ a shallot), finely minced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • juice from ½ lime
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Baked Tandoori Chicken Bowls


Recipe found on Feasting at Home
My Rating: 3 out of 5

My Review

Our biggest complaint with this recipe was the chicken meat! The Tandoori sauce did not, one bit, give it flavor. It just sat on top. The best part was the potatoes but, we hated the acorn squash, lol. Maybe if you marinated the chicken in this sauce for a whole night or more, it’d work out loads better.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 4 fat garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika (not smoked)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼  teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼  teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (don’t use non-fat) (we used Forager’s unsweetened plain dairy-free cashewgurt)
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon sugar or honey or maple
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4–5 chicken thighs (1 ½ pounds, boneless, skinless)
  • 1 layer of vegetables, sliced or diced ½ inch thick
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

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P.S. We always use Pink Himalayan Salt and a Coarse Black Peppercorn Grinder.

23 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #101

  1. When I ate meat my biggest issue was trying to flavour chicken the whole way through rather than just the outside so I feel your pain! Also love the idea of the Udon noodles, I’ve never heard of them before but they sound mouth watering!

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    1. Oh my gosh, that really is such an issue with chicken! It’s tough getting the flavor all the way through. The udon noodles are so bouncy & fun! You’d love them. 😁


    2. Since several of us have this complaint, I did a bit of Googling. What I gathered is 1. Only marinade the chicken for 2 hours. Over-marinating can make the chicken tough. 2. Leave the oil out of the marinade process. The oil can prevent the marinade from penetrating the meat. Add the oil after it marinates. 3. These ingredients will help tenderize: yogurt, milk, honey, or pineapple juice

      SO! My guess is, for the tandoori chicken, if you use a DAIRY, full-fat yogurt and marinate 2 hours, the flavor will get into the chicken. If I can ever get all the ingredients at the store, I’ll try it and report back. Ha ha.

      The udon noodle recipe sounds yum, yum, yummy!!!!!!

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      1. Wow! Interesting to know! Lol thanks for always doing the research on my assumptions. 🙂 I hope the stores will be stocked & we can all go back to cooking (& everything else) normally again.

        The udon noodles were awesome!! 😁

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        1. So even though I marinaded 2 hours, the flavor still didn’t soak into the meat! However, I sprinkled everything with more kosher salt when it came out of the oven and that helped a lot. I thought the recipe was really delicious so thanks for sharing it with us. I notice the recipe says DO NOT USE FAT FREE YOGURT but that’s all you can get at stupid Walmart. I wonder why she doesn’t want us to use it.

          I’m very happy to announce that Walmart had those instant udon noodles so I can make that recipe, too. Walmart didn’t have any ground pork but they had a mixture of ground beef + ground pork so I’m hoping that will work. LOL We use what we can get hold of in these trying times, right?

          I saw a restaurant in L.A. that is delivering a roll of toilet paper with every delivery order and thought of you.

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          1. Oh no! I am glad your meal turned out really delicious but it’s disappointing to know that the flavor didn’t soak through, even with a 2 hour marination! 😦 I do think our yogurt had fat but, no dairy! I wonder if we both made a mistake by switching up the yogurt?

            Oh! Yay! I’m glad you found the instant udon noodles. 😀 How cool that you were able find a mixture of ground pork & beef? I’ve never seen that available. I bet it will be delish. 🙂 please, let me know when you make it!

            There was a BBQ spot here in Vegas that was also giving away a roll of TP with their to-go orders LOL.

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            1. Since I don’t have any fresh mint, I mixed yogurt with mango chutney and put that on the leftover chicken and some rice. Ooo eee was that ever tasty! I think I have some left for one more meal of it. MARILYN did not like the chicken at all and refused to eat it.

              Not sure if I blogged about the udon noodle dish or not but man was that ever good, too!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have any mirin and am not sure our local liquor store would have it, so I added some Panda Express Teriyaki sauce instead. So, mine tasted nothing like yours, but it was still delicious and I will buy those noodles again. A nice change from rice.

              Giving away a roll of t.p. with food orders is wonderful, but I need one that is giving away a box of kleenex. LOL

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              1. Oh my gosh, I just commented to you last that when you make me laugh I always have to tell boyfriend why & it happened when I read this one. LOL. The mango chutney with yogurt & mint sounds lovely but I am laughing about you sharing with Marilyn & her refusing it hahaha.

                We found the mirin in the Asian aisle at Sprouts. I didn’t know it was alcoholic lol! I’m glad yours still turned out really well! Weren’t the udon noodles so fun to chew?!

                Aw can you not find kleenex, either? We are out of TP again over here. *sigh*

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                1. Yah, Marilyn is a picky eater. What was the other thing she turned her nose up at recently that really surprised me? Something with ground beef. She sniffed at it and then cried at me.

                  YES the udon noodles were fun to chew!

                  I finally got all my paper products. Hope by now you have as well? Still in search of good quality bread for Mom’s lunch. She likes seeded rye bread. But it has to be really thin. Walmart normally carries it but then it disappeared. I need to go there today to look for that, her dang sour cream donuts, and a hummingbird feeder.

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                  1. Lmao!! She hated the ground beef so much she cried?! 😂 & we still hadn’t found toilet paper at the stores. Shelves are still empty but bf’s amazing mom sent us a couple packs today! I couldn’t believe it lol. Glad you were able to find some too! & I hope the bread & donuts were available. ♡

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  2. ahhh those Udon noodles look incredible – I miss being able to eat Udon. Maybe I’ll have to try this recipe or a similar one with noodles that I can eat! Also, what a bummer about the chicken. Overnight marination would def make it more flavorful!

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    1. Aw man, I didn’t know udon had gluten but, so many things do, don’t they?! I hope you can try this recipe with noodles that work for you. It was such a good one! & that chicken def needed that overnight marination lol.


  3. The stir fried udon looks amazing!! I’ve only had udon noodles in meals a handful of times lol
    This is not the first time I hear of chimichurri, and I have yet to try it, but now I’m intrigued lol
    For the last recipe, marinating things for longer than an hour or overnight certainly does help. Would you give that recipe a shot one more time?

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    1. I love how bouncy & chewy udon noodles are 😀 & yesss, I think we’ve talked about chimichurri before. It has such a fresh taste. You’ll love it! ❤ & we always forget to do any sort of overnight marination but if someone were willing to do that, I would recommend the recipe for them to try!

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    1. I do think the chicken just needed a bit more time to soak up the sauce! It had potential, for sure. 🙂 The salmon was awesome but, the chimichurri sauce made it even better!


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