Okay, so this dish sure looks like a lot of steps – but I swear it is easy & so worth it! Each step only takes a few minutes & each step is in the same dish (hello one-pot wonder)! Plus you get to eat this with chopsticks, who doesn’t love that!
On to the prep work…(a lil’ warning, I say ‘in the same pan’ & ‘set aside’ a bunch!)
- In a tupperware container mix together 2T water, 1T rice wine vinegar, 1t minced ginger & 1/2t of salt and pepper – stir, then slice 1 cucumber thinly, place in tupperware & refrigerate
- Dice up 1 bundle of scallions – set aside
- Prep large bowls with 1 head of chopped romaine each – set aside
If you want a protein I would begin cooking it now (any way you like), because the below steps happen really quickly. We added tofu chicken strips because we had them in the fridge, but natural chicken or regular tofu would be wonderful with this dish as well!
- In a large skillet add 1T EVOO, 2 handfuls of mushrooms & 1/4t salt – sauté til tender, then set aside
- In the same pan, add 1 diced eggplant (add more oil & salt if needed), sauté til tender then add in 2T Braggs amino acid – let cook for another minute, then set aside
- In the same pan, add 2C of bean sprouts, 1T sesame oil & 1/4t salt – let wilt then set aside
- In the same pan add more EVOO & fry up your eggs (1 for each person)
Now, on to the fun part, putting it all together!
Grab your bowl filled with romaine & around the perimeter of the bowl add a little of each – pickled cucumbers (from the fridge), mushrooms, eggplant, bean sprouts, pea shoots (no prep needed for those) & your protein! Then add your fried egg & top it off with your chopped scallions & red chili paste!!!
Come to think about it, this is such a fun meal for kids – they can put this together themselves & eat with chopsticks! Messy, but oh so adorable!Nutritional Info Per Serving (Makes 3 bowls): 360 calories – 18 grams of fat – 20 carbs – 38 grams of protein
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