Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

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Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

It’s my first non-vegan recipe in 31 days! Alas, our vegan month of March is over, and it’s back to an omnivorous Inspiralized blog.

Don’t fret, if you’re vegan, as you know, I often post vegan recipes. I’ll always lean more towards the veggie side than the meat side, so many of my recipes are vegan or easily modified to be vegan.

But for those of you who love meats and cheeses…. we’re back!

Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

Real quick about this recipe: if you’ve never thick-sliced portobello mushroom caps and simmered them in a soup like this one, you haven’t lived. Okay, well maybe not that dramatic, but seriously – especially for my vegetarian friends, these mushroom slices are steak-like and so satisfying!

This ramen is made with daikon noodles which absorb every single flavor in the soup, so they’re the perfect noodle. They have a slight crunch, but you can cook them even longer to soften them up even more.

As for the broth, it’s simple – it’s flavored with garlic, ginger, and onions and then topped off with soy sauce for that salty, umami flavor. You don’t need much more than that – it’s kind of like my theory on olive oil, salt and pepper – it’s ALL you need. Seriously, so much flavor comes from allowing the ingredients (ie veggies) to speak for themselves, rather than smothering them in a sauce or thick condiments.

If you can’t find daikon, zucchini will work really well here. And if you’d like to thicken it up a bit more, add an extra egg and use potato noodles. You can also fully boil your egg, if you don’t like soft boiled.

Remember, it’s your food – make it like you like it!

Now, I wanted to talk briefly about my vegan month. Yes, this blog was vegan for the entire month of March. I was so excited to go vegan, because I had been toying around with the idea of going back to veganism (I was vegan for 2 years starting in 2008.) I was thinking about this, because I missed the guidelines. I missed being able to resists certain foods that wouldn’t make me feel good because I was “vegan.”

However, what I’ve realized is that now, later in my life, veganism just isn’t right for me. Now, before you vegans say, “Veganism is for everyone!” let me tell you that I’m living proof that veganism isn’t for everyone.

Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

Why isn’t it for me anymore? Well, the issue for me with veganism, is that it forces me to restrict myself meaning, there are certain foods I “can’t” have. This isn’t a good mentality for me – it causes too much anxiety. It causes me to think way too much about what I’m going to eat and then, ultimately, I lose sight of what makes me happiest: food and cooking! I have to carefully plan out what I’m going to eat.

Along the same lines, it encourages that concept of “restriction” which to me, can lead to unhealthy eating habits and behaviors. For example, one night, I felt like I hadn’t had enough to eat that day (even though I probably ate near 1,800 calories that day that consisted of fruits and veggies, sweet potatoes, lentils, nuts, avocado, quinoa, cruciferous veggies, and whole grains) so I had to skip the gym – I just didn’t have enough energy and I felt consumed by my hunger. I ended up over-eating that night: almost a full tub of almond butter!

And yes, I know that, as time goes on, veganism becomes second nature (after all, I was once a vegan and I get it!).

Also, I’m constantly out for food events or occasions in New York City. I’m going to some of the most amazing restaurants in the world and I want to immerse myself in the experience. If I want to have wine with some dover sole, I shouldn’t have to overthink it. I love to taste the food of other chefs, it inspires me – and it’s something I enjoy and brings my happiness.

To be totally honest, I didn’t really feel much of a difference in my body on this vegan month. What I realized is that I eat vegan most of the time! There’s no need to get 100%, full-throttle vegan, when I can incorporate the principles of veganism into my balanced, omnivorous diet. Besides, everything that is NOT vegan isn’t “bad” for you, just like everything that IS vegan isn’t good for you. I mean, fried hush puppies are vegan but that doesn’t mean I’m going to eat them – I don’t like fried food and I don’t eat it.

Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

I just hate having to refer to “bad” and “good” when I eat. I just want to eat mainly whole grains and veggies, lean proteins, and have birthday cake with my friends, and if I’m at an amazing Italian restaurant, order the sausage rigatoni. Ya know? I want to live, but feel my best – and I’m happy to have found that place of balance and moderation.

I will tell you this: after going vegan again, I’m going to solely purchase organic, farm-raised, antibiotic and hormone free meats. And I am going to be much more conscious of my dairy intake. It’s always been pretty low, but the sweets are what get me – and make me feel lethargic and bloated afterwards.

At this point in my life, veganism isn’t for me. HOWEVER, that’s not to say that later in my life, when I’m not running . Actually, the other day, Lu asked me, “When you’re pregnant, are you going to be vegan?” Ha… getting a little ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? 😉

Who knows, but for now, I’m happy with my approach to healthy eating that works for me and nourishes my body.

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 7 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

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Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 scallions diced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 inch piece of ginger peeled and minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 large portobello mushroom caps ribs scooped out, sliced into 1/2” thick strips
  • 1 medium daikon radish Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 3 cups chopped curly kale
  • sesame seeds to garnish
  • hot sauce to garnish

Instructions

  • Place the egg in a small saucepot and cover with water. Cover the pot, place over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and let sit (still covered) for 7 minutes. Then, rinse with cold water until able to be handled and peel. Slice in half.
  • Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the oil. Once oil is shimmering, add the white scallions, ginger, onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until onions soften. Then, pour in the stock and soy sauce, cover and bring to the boil. Add the mushrooms, lower to a simmer and let cook for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are softened. Then, add the daikon noodles and kale and let cook for 5-7 more minutes or until noodles are softened and kale wilts.
  • Divide the soup into two bowls. Garnish with green scallions, sesame seeds and hot sauce. Top with half of the egg per bowl.

Spiralized Daikon Ramen with Portobello Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg

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15 comments

Anonymous says:
This sounds good. Only what can I substitute instand of soy to bring the sodium count lower. I am on a low sodium diet for my blood pressure.
Dana says:
Hope you don't mind me jumping in here but coconut aminos taste just like soy sauce and is awesome! I get mine at whole foods. : )
Megan says:
This looks great and I am a total sucker for any kind of mushroom! I've never cooked with daikon before ... are we just looking for it to be firm?? Thanks!
Tia says:
About "And if you’d like to thicken it up a bit more, add an extra egg. . ." Do you mean dropping in a lightly beaten raw egg as in Egg Drop Soup? Or just adding an extra boiled egg half to each serving?
Ali Maffucci says:
Well the egg you see per bowl is actually one half of an egg, so if you had another egg, you'll get 1 full boiled egg per bowl. Hope that makes sense!
Rachel D says:
I just made this for me and my husband, and it's delicious!!!! I didn't have any daikon but I did half soba noodles (for the hubby) and half zucchini noodles. Sooooo good!!
Michelle says:
I just made this soup for dinner. I really enjoyed the broth taste and was especially satisfied with the portion size! So filling without being heavy. YUM. Thanks for a great recipe and for posting the Weight Watchers smart points as I just started with them a few weeks ago. So helpful!
Lorna R. says:
This sounds great! Unable to make with daikon radishes right meow (oops, i mean now. Sorry, Tone It Up has me hooked at the moment. Lol) but once the local markets start back up i will definitely give it a shot! Zucchini it is! As always, your recipes are killer! So glad i found your blog a few yrs ago. Just made your zucchini hearty stew using venison loin this past wkend & it was to die for!! Its the 3rd time i've made it & the fam loves it! I have yet to make anything i didnt like from your recipes. Preordered your 2nd cookbook! So anxious!! As an omnivore i am glad you are still doing recipes with meats. I agree though, moderation is key with anything. & organic is best! PS- i still think a TIU collaberation with you would be a perfect match made in heaven! Your recipes & healthy outlook is right up their alley!
Michele Lewis says:
This recipe was a WINNER! I like that it makes two very generous servings. You feel like you have eaten a meal when you are done. The only thing I did different was I added a whole egg instead of a half :)
Shanna says:
Hello, I see you this is a older article but if anybody can tell me why you scoop the ribs out of the portobello mushrooms? I've just started liking mushrooms and of cooked them very few times so I'm curious about why this recipe says to scoop the ribs out? Do they not taste good? Is it for Aesthetics? Thank you in advance for any information to satisfy my curiosity :-)
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Shanna! For this recipe it was simply for the Aesthetics and how the cook in the soup!
Stephanie says:
Any chance this can be frozen and saved for a later date?
Meaghan says:
We haven't given that a shot yet but you can certainly give it a try!

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