The Best Garlic Noodles And Shrimp

There really aren’t many better food combos like that of noodles and shrimp. What’s better than that? You guessed it! Garlic noodles with shrimp. Let’s get right down to it. No fluff or filler!

  • 1 lb. lo mein noodles or spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb. fresh peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 10-15 minced garlic cloves
  • 4-5 chopped spring onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • LOTS OF LOVE, BABY!

Step By Step Instructions

Bring the noodles to a boil in a pot of water. Refer to the instructions on the package for cook time. Do not add oil. This is a waste of good oil and does prevent the noodles from sticking together. Mixing while it cooks does.

Chop the cilantro, garlic, and spring onions. Take this time to season your shrimp with salt and pepper. I typically don’t use salt as the soy sauce and oyster sauce have enough sodium as it is and I don’t like waking up with sausage fingers the next morning. Bring a pan up to medium heat to sauté everything as the noodles cook.

Sauté the onions and garlic for about 2 minutes in the olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Be careful! These little boogers cook quickly and go from done to overdone pretty fast. Add the cilantro and remove from the heat. Here’s where you add the red pepper flakes as well.

Remove the noodles and drain them really well. If you have a colander, use it! Grab a wok or wok-style pot, bring it up to medium heat, and add the butter. If you don’t have one, use your largest pan so you can toss everything easily.

Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, noodles and shrimp to the pot. Give it a good toss and WHAM! You did it. Serve ’em up and enjoy. When you are finished, make sure you give your significant other a huge, wet, garlicky kiss! They’ll appreciate it. And don’t worry when you run out. Every burp for the next 3 days will remind you of how good this was. Buen provecho!

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Soup

Well, it’s that time of year again when we dust off the coats and jackets and iron our long-sleeve shirts. With the cold weather comes a variety of foods (including the ever popular turkey we’ll all be eating for about 3 weeks straight). One of our family favorites is soups and stews. Who doesn’t like a warm bowl of soup and a crusty loaf of french bread for dipping? One of my all time favorites is creamy chicken and broccoli soup. I must warn you though, if you are a fan or the high sodium and preservative cans, this might not be for you. This is homemade and better than anything that you’ve probably had in the past. So buckle up and let’s get to it!

Ingredients:
3 celery stalks (diced)
3 carrots (diced)
1/2 and onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (diced)
4 strips of peppered bacon (I always use the low sodium)
1/4 cup of flour
1 jar of chicken bone broth (or any other broth you prefer)
2 cups of water
broccoli florets
shredded chicken
1 cup of milk (or cream, depending on your intolerances)
shredded cheese
green onions (diced)
salt and pepper to taste

Place a large pot on medium heat and render down the bacon until it is crispy. You can leave them in strips to do this or dice them up before you cook. I choose to dice them up. Remove the bacon when it is done cooking and set aside.
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Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic to the pot and cook thoroughly. Once cooked, add in the flour and mix everything until it becomes a thick paste. If it looks pretty gnarly, you’re on the right track! You can now add in your chicken bone broth and water. Mix this around and bring it to a boil. It will thicken as it heats up.
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Next, use a stick blender and pulverize your ingredients so that it resembles a soup/stew. If you don’t have a stick blender, carefully ladle it into a blender and blend up in batches. Bring this back up to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste.IMG_20171112_151620.jpg

Once it is boiling, add the shredded chicken, broccoli, and the milk/cream. Reduce the heat and simmer until the broccoli has cooked through. Continue tasting and adding salt and pepper to your liking.IMG_20171112_151749IMG_20171112_152434

Once the soup has reduced and the flavor is just right, you can turn off the heat. Serve this up in a deep bowl and top with the rendered bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions. I like to serve this up with a loaf of French bread so we can dip and eat.
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Give this recipe a try. You will not be disappointed (unless you don’t eat dairy, pork, or chicken broccoli soup). Leave a comment and share this recipe with your friends, family, and PLN. Buen provecho!