• Amy Lippert, NTP

Glass Noodle Stir Fry: Korean Japchae

I love the combination of all the beautiful colorful vegetables, the umami flavored sweet potato noodles, and marinated beef in this dish. It has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood and I love to serve it with homemade kimchi. Japchae is an easy dish to prepare and my mom used to make it with leftover Korean spinach salad and bulgogi from dinner the night before, however, it is just as delicious using fresh baby spinach and marinated sirloin.



Japchae Recipe

Packed with lots of veggies and grass-fed beef, it is perfect as a main course or can be served as a side dish with along with your main. This recipe is Paleo and Whole30 friendly, and is both gluten free and soy free. It can easily be adapted to fit a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle by substituting the beef for mushrooms and omitting the fish sauce.



 

Why Eating the Rainbow is So Good For You!


One thing that I always prioritize when doing my meal planning is ensuring there are lots of vegetables in lots of colors each week. Vegetables are our body's primary source of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and fiber. One reason I love to eat the rainbow is because each color of the rainbow contains different nutrients in varying amounts, so eating a variety ensure you're getting all you need! Here I will talk a little about the red, orange and green veggies found in this delicious dish!


Red and Orange Veggies (Bell Peppers and Carrots)

  • Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables that helps to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

  • Vitamin A: Fat-soluble vitamin that is necessary in eye health and supports immune and reproductive health [1].

  • Vitamin K: Fat-soluble vitamin that is converted to Vitamin K2 in your gut and supports bone and heart health.

  • Potassium: Mineral is an electrolyte supporting metabolic pathways, regulates heartbeat, is necessary in normal cell function [2].

  • Lycopene: Powerful antioxidant found in higher concentrations in red, orange, and pink foods that helps to neutralize free radicals and supports heart health and blood pressure.

Green Veggies (Celery and Spinach)

  • Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables that helps to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

  • Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential vitamin that supports healthy metabolism, and is key in breaking down homocysteine, and amino acid that is harmful in high concentrations [3].

  • Vitamin A: Fat-soluble vitamin that is necessary in eye health and supports immune and reproductive health.

  • Vitamin K: Fat-soluble vitamin that is converted to Vitamin K2 in your gut and supports bone and heart health.

  • Potassium: Mineral is an electrolyte supporting metabolic pathways, regulates heartbeat, is necessary in normal cell function.

  • Magnesium: Mineral that is essential in healthy metabolism, nervous system regulation, detoxification, and blood sugar regulation.

  • Calcium: Essential mineral necessary in building strong healthy bones and supporting a healthy cardiovascular system.

  • Iron: Essential in the creation of hemoglobin, supports a healthy digestive tract, and is necessary in immune health.

White Veggies (Onions and Garlic)

  • Vitamin B6: There are many benefits from a diet rich in vitamin B6. It plays a role in our immune health, metabolism, and brain health. Vitamin B6 is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep [3].

  • Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential vitamin that supports healthy metabolism, and is key in breaking down homocysteine, and amino acid that is harmful in high concentrations.

  • Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables that helps to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

  • Potassium: Mineral is an electrolyte supporting metabolic pathways, regulates heartbeat, is necessary in normal cell function.

So grab some colorful veggies and let's get cooking!


 Korean Glass Noodle Recipe

Glass Noodle Stir Fry: Korean Japchae Ingredients

Serves 4-8


For the Beef

3/4 - 1 lb Sirloin Steak*, thin sliced

2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos

1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup (opt)

2 tsp Pure Sesame Oil

1 tsp Rice Vinegar

1 tsp Fish Sauce*

1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

2 cloves Fresh Garlic, finely minced


*To make this a vegan or vegetarian friendly dish, replace the fish sauce with 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt and omit the beef and replace it with 8oz of sliced cremini or shiitake mushrooms and follow the recipe.

For the Japchae

1/2 lb uncooked Japchae/sweet potato glass noodles

1 Tbsp Avo oil: for veggies

1 Tbsp Pure Sesame Oil

2-3 Tbsp Coconut Aminos

1 Carrot, julienned

2 Stalks Celery, thinly sliced at an angle

1 Yellow Onion, sliced into half moons

1 Red Bell Pepper, julienne

5 oz box of Baby Spinach

1/2 oz Wood Ear Mushrooms, rehydrated (opt)

1-2 tsp Fine Sea Salt

1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (opt)

1/4 cup Green Onion, diced (opt)


How to Make Glass Noodle Stir Fry: Korean Japchae


1. In a medium bowl add all the marinade ingredients and stir to combine.


2. Thinly slice the beef, I like to butterfly the steak first so it is about 1/4"-1/2" thick before slicing.


3. Add the beef and marinate at least 15-minutes to overnight in the refrigerator. The longer you marinate it, the more flavorful it will be.


4. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add the glass noodles and stir frequently. Cook per package instructions or until the noodles are soft and all the "bite" is gone, about 8-12 minutes.

  • These are not like pasta noodles, you do not want to cook these to al dente but rather fully cooked until soft all the way through.

5. When the glass noodles are done boiling, drain in a colander and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process. Set aside in the colander to allow the noodles to completely drain and dry out while you are preparing the rest of the dish.


6. Prepare all the veggies before you begin cooking.


7. In a large skillet over high heat, sear and stir-fry the beef until cooked to your preferred doneness. For this dish I prefer my beef to be well done, but you can prepare it however you like. Remove when done and set aside.

  • If you are preparing a large amount of beef, consider doing this in batches so you do not overwhelm the pan or cause it to drop heat too quickly.

8. To the skillet, add the avocado oil, onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper. Sauté the veggies for 3-5 mins until softened a bit.


9. Add spinach and stir into the veggies for about 30-60 seconds to wilt.


10. Add the japchae noodles, 1 Tablespoon of sesame oil, 2 Tablespoons of coconut aminos, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp black pepper. Stir-fry the noodles and veggies for 5-7 minutes until noodles are softened and lose the rubbery texture.


11. Stir in the beef, top with sesame seeds and diced green onions, serve with some kimchi and enjoy!


Authentic Japchae Glass Noodle Recipe

Whole30 Paleo Japchae


FAQs


Q: My noodles were rubbery, what happened?

A: Sounds like they either needed a few more minutes to boil, or they needed some more time in the skillet.


Q: What is the best way to store the leftovers?

A: I would keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator no more than 3 days.


Q: Are these noodles gluten free?

A: Yes, glass noodles are made with sweet potato starch so they are Paleo and Whole30 friendly as well!


If you like this recipe, check these out!


Paleo Honey Chicken: Mouthwatering umami, delicately balanced with sweet honey and earthy garlic, this simple chicken thigh recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal!


Korean Spinach Salad (Sigeumchi Namul): Nutty sesame seed oil and a little sea salt brings out the delicate sweetness in this must have spinach dish.


Paleo Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Kalbi): Rich and meaty short ribs marinated in a Paleo and Whole30 friendly sweet and savory marinade, grilled to smoky and delicious perfection!


I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. - Amy


 

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