Reader Recipe #3: Brown Rice Noodle Stir-fry

My dear friend Chimere is at it again! Since she has been on her Food-Mood Nutrition Plan, she has taken complete ownership over the meals that she prepares and she is having fun all while doing so! I am a visual person, so if food is aesthetically pleasing, I am all over it!

Ingredients for Stir-fry with Noodles

3-4 oz. Annie Chun's Brown Rice Maifun Noodles (you can find this at Kroger or affiliated market in the health food department near the rices and pastas)
2 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger, chopped or minced
1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic (or fresh) 
2 Tbsp. Organic Sesame oil (or any other cooking oil of your choice - Organic has less pops of flavor than the typical Sesame Oil)
1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce (a healthier alternative to Soy Sauce is Bragg Liquid Amino)
1 Tspn. Pink Himalayan Salt
1 Tbsp. Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning (you can find this at Kroger or affiliated market in the international aisle) 

Fresh veggies of your choice
- Broccoli (2 cups)
- Zucchini (1 whole medium, sliced in half moons)
- One small Sweet Onion (or 1/2 of a medium/large onion, julienned)
- Assorted Sweet Peppers (4 small peppers of assorted colors, julienned)
- Baby Bella Mushrooms (5 sliced)
- Shredded Carrots (3/4 cup)

Heat organic sesame oil at medium-high temperature. Add ginger, garlic and onion and allow to sweat so their natural flavors release. After about 3 minutes, add broccoli, zucchini and sweet peppers and mix amongst ginger, garlic and onion. Add the pink Himalayan salt and Simply Asia seasoning next and continue to allow the veggies to cook.

Remove the Maifun noodles, place them in a dish, then cover them with hot tap water (not boiling; no salt). Add one tablespoon of oil so that the noodles do not stick together. Allow the noodles to soften for 4 minutes, then add them to your veggie stir-fry without dumping the water out -- you will need it as you stir-fry to keep the dish moist. The noodles should not feel gummy, rather, they should still have an al dente texture to them. Allow the noodles to mix and heat with the vegetables. Season additionally if necessary. Toss in your mushrooms and continue to blend (I normally toss the dish while it is in my stir-fry pan to make sure every piece gets some love!). Finally, add the carrots, toss those around for a short period of time so they don't lose their nutritional value. Kill the fire and cover your dish for about five minutes. Bon appetit!

Ingredients for Tilapia
1 Tilapia Filet
1 Tspn. Regular Old Bay seasoning
1 Tspn. Dried Basil

Season filet with regular Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder and dried basil. Spray skillet with olive oil cooking spray at heat to medium temperature. Cook filet on both sides (roughly 4 minutes depending on thickness of tilapia filet) and remove from heat. 

Garnish entire dish with a slice of lime and Sriracha sauce! (Be mindful of sodium!)