Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables

Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables
Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables

Kalpesh and I love eating out. If Kalpesh likes what we ate, he’ll try cooking it at home at least once. We haven’t been able to eat out much in the past month as our babysitters (in-laws) have been preoccupied because Kalpesh’s nani (grandmom) is not keeping well. So a few weeks back, Kalpesh made sizzler at home. We both love sizzlers but we can’t take Devansh with us when we go out for sizzlers. Because he’s always reaching out for the stuff on our table—plates, salt and pepper shakers, paper napkins, the works.

Kalpesh has made sizzlers before; but earlier he had used Maggie noodles. This time I bought wheat noodles because these days Devansh insists on eating what we’re eating. And I’m glad we went in for wheat noodles because Devansh really enjoyed his noodles, eating them as well as playing with them.

Kalpesh with Devansh
Kalpesh with Devansh

After realizing that Devansh likes noodles, I decided to make something for him using the remaining wheat noodles. I thought I’ll make something in tricolor so I’ll get another recipe as an Independence Day Special post. I decided to make noodles with stir fry vegetables—capsicum, carrots, and baby corn. But the problem was this just remained a thought; I kept dilly-dallying making these noodles for some reason. Instead I made a tricolor upma, tricolor jelly-with-ice cream. (You would’ve seen these if you’ve seen my Facebook page’s cover photo.)  But I just couldn’t find the inspiration to make these noodles.

Finally fed up with my procrastination, Kalpesh made these noodles for Devansh, and he stayed well within the guidelines of “healthy cooking”. 😉 I am lucky to have such a supportive husband who understands my steadfastness about making healthy food at home for Devansh. Once in a blue moon Devansh does get to eat junk food like French fries when we eat out but at home I try to keep his meals healthy. Kalpesh forgot to use baby corns but you can add them in the veggies; they’ll taste nice. Hope you all enjoy the recipe. 🙂

Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables Recipe

If your kids love Chinese food, try this healthy recipe that uses wheat noodles with stir fry vegetables.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • One and a half cup julienned thinly sliced cabbage, carrot, and capsicum (green bell pepper)
  • Half cup broccoli florets and thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small onion julienned
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 th tsp black pepper powder
  • Half tbsp soy sauce optional
  • 2-3 drops of vinegar optional
  • 1-2 tsp tomato ketchup
  • One nest of wheat noodles

Instructions

  • Boil the noodles as per the instructions on the packet.
  • After the noodles are done, transfer them to cold water to prevent further cooking.
  • Heat oil in a pan. (Kalpesh used an iron pan as the vegetables need to be sautéd on high flame in Chinese cooking. And it is not advised to cook food at a high temperature in non-stick cookware. Read this article to know more. I would have used an aluminum pan as the veggies tend to get slightly dark if cooked in an iron pan.)
  • Add garlic and sauté for a few seconds; ensure that they don't turn brown.
  • Add onion and sauté on high flame for half a minute.
  • Add vegetables in the following order and saute them for a few seconds before adding the next vegetable: carrot, capsicum, cabbage, mushroom, and broccoli.
  • Add vinegar, tomato ketchup, and soy sauce, and mix it with the vegetables properly.
  • Add salt. (Vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato ketchup contain salt too. So keep that in mind when you add salt.)
  • Stir-fry the vegetables for another minute or so. (Remember, you need to stir-fry on high-flame right from the beginning.)
  • Add the noodles, black pepper powder, and sauté for another half a minute or so.
  • Serve Hot.

Does ching’s soy sauce contain MSG?

One of my ex-colleagues, Archana, raised concern about the usage of soy sauce because it might contain MSG. I had used Ching’s soy sauce and MSG wasn’t listed in the ingredients. After Archana raised her concern, I read up on MSG in soy sauce and here’s what I found:
I couldn’t find anything conclusive on whether this “free form” glutamate is harmful for consumption or not. So I would say, please use your discretion while using soy sauce.
Latest Update:
Kalpesh contacted Ching’s Secret through their Facebook page and they replied their products don’t contain MSG. You too ensure that your soy sauce doesn’t contain MSG before using it.

8 thoughts on “Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables”

  1. Hi,
    I've been following quite a lot of your recipes and they are all amazing! I have very fussy 1.5 yr old boy and your recipes are usually a hit with him! Thank you soo much! Keep them coming.

  2. hi! my one year old cannot chew properly yet, i still coarsely mash all his food…love this recipe, but was wondering, did you feed this to Devansh as is, or did you mash it to some extent? please help 🙂 and let me take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your recipes with us, your blog is my go-to refuge every time i need to make something new for my Shriyans.

    1. Hi Sewanti…I think you should wait till Shriyans is a bit older before feeding him these noodles…Devansh was 28 months old when Kalpesh made this for him (I calculated from the date :)) Veggies like capsicum and mushrooms can be pureed or mashed but toddlers who haven't learnt to chew properly will have difficulty with noodles…I don't think mashed noodles would taste good…best to wait for a bit 🙂

  3. Hi can I puree the vegetbles after cooking it with the sauces? My son is quite fussy with veggies , so wondering if I could hide it in the sauce?

  4. Sure Pree you can puree the veggies if your son doesn't like them. 😉 Devansh too prefers eating the noodles rather than the veggies in the noodles…but he's OK with veggies otherwise…eats them with chapati and in upma etc. How old is your son? A lot of kids these days don't like eating vegetables. I hope Devansh doesn't get averse to them as he gets older…

  5. My little man is 2 years Mukta! Rather say very fussy 2 year old. It's really hard to get him to eat veggies, like curry and even sandwich! If you have any ideas or more recipes hiding veggies that would be great. I sometimes overcook veggies coz he likes it that way with dals.

  6. Hi Pree, you can hide veggies in parathas, daal, pasta sauce. Does your son like egg curry? You can add veggies in the curry. Luckily Devansh eats his veggies so I don't need to hide them but for the sake of convenience I keep cooked mashed vegetables ready with me (frozen). I add them to his upma, poha as needed. Whichever veggies your son doesn't eat, cook them (in a cooker) and mash them and then add them to the food he does like. For example if he likes eating aloo patties, sneak in the veggies in them. 😉

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