Welcome to my Friday night. Today’s post is all about my guilt-free it’s-been-a-long-week–so-sit-on-your-couch-and-eat-this dinner. Man, I love Fridays. When I was in my early 20s, I was counting down the minutes to 5pm so that I could rush out to Forever 21 and buy an outfit for the night, before my friends started “pre-gaming.” Sigh, those were the days.
Now, in my mid-to-late 20s, I look at Fridays a little differently. My “pre-game” includes whipping up this delicious stir fry and sipping on some wine, while Lu sits on the couch and flips through Fios On Demand. We get real excited when there’s a new release out.
This is the type of meal that tastes and smells like fresh take-out but doesn’t leave you in an unhappy, gluttonous food coma afterwards. The zucchini noodles absorb the no-sugar teriyaki sauce and soften perfectly while they cook in the skillet with the other veggies. I’ve been known to lick my sticky fingers after this – the sauce and flavors are just that addictive!
Once you’ve mastered this recipe, customizing becomes super simple – substitute the shrimp for chicken, tofu, beef, beans, salmon, etc! The “fried” eggs and noodles create a warm texture that mimic a fusion between a takeout container full of shrimp fried rice and one full of veggie lo-mein. But, you know, without the rice and without the wheat flour noodles.
I also like the expression “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” That totally applies here. Sure, this dish wouldn’t be featured at MoMA in NYC. It’s not anything ground breaking. You know what it is? A big ‘ole bowl of mouth-wateringly tasty Asian-inspired zucchini noodles with healthy veggies and shrimp. My point is is that sometimes, you just need a simple go-to dish on a Friday night. Or any night. And this is mine.
Since Lu’s in Puerto Rico this weekend visiting family, I’ll just have to eat this all by myself. Now… what’s On Demand?