Since it is officially Spring, what better theme for this month’s Recipe Redux than to Spring Clean your kitchen by using up at least 3 ingredients we already had on hand. Truth be told, I do this quite often. I keep a well stocked kitchen and there are some weeks I try not to buy much new outside of the necessities to use up more of what I have on hand. You may be surprised at what you can pull together as long as you have some basic spices and flavorings.
There are some things that I always have on hand. Usually I keep some sort of noodles, frozen seafood (shrimp is one of our favorites), fresh or frozen veggies and lots of Asian sauces. We make a lot of Asian food at home, though I’ll be honest, my husband is actually king of whipping up an incredible dish or sauce on the fly. Of course he can never remember what he did to make it a second time. Argh…
What kids don’t love noodles? I know mine do, so I always have a box or two of different kinds in my pantry. I can put just about anything with noodles and my family will eat it. Udon noodles are a thick Asian noodle made from wheat and have a soft, chewy texture. You can find them in the Asian section of most grocery stores and it’s a nice way to shake things up. Though linguine or fettuccine noodles work in a pinch as well. Yes, I know I just made some people faint at the mere mention of that substitution but most people probably wouldn’t notice!
I created Shrimp and Broccoli Udon Noodles a while back on one of those hectic weeks when I needed to use up what I had on hand. While I often have fresh onions and broccoli on hand, I don’t always. Though I do keep my freezer well stocked with frozen versions of these veggies, plus others. Frozen produce is so convenient to keep and it makes meal prep a snap. And in dishes like this with such a flavorful sauce, you’ll never notice the difference. Of course any vegetables you have on hand will work in this dish too. It’s very flexible.Shrimp and Broccoli Udon Noodles are faster than ordering take out with simple pantry staples Click To Tweet
Shrimp is something my whole family loves, thank goodness. It is quick to thaw and cooks in just a few minutes. If you forget to put frozen shrimp in the refrigerator to thaw overnight (like I usually forget to do), you can put it under cold running water for a few minutes to thaw. Don’t have shrimp or not a fan? Try tofu, chicken or pork instead.
And you probably have a jar of sesame seeds lurking in your cabinet – a nice sprinkle on top adds the finishing, though optional touch. Who says you have to order take out when this comes together so fast?!