Dandan Zoodles…Traditional Chinese street food slimmed down at home

If you’re into Dandan noodles but want a leaner, cleaner way to make them at home, my Dandan zoodles are definitely the LITE thing to do! 

In my veggie-filled take on the classic Chinese dish, I swap traditional wheat flour noodles for spiralized zucchini noodles; instead of ground pork I create a seasoned ground pork alternative using minced cremini mushrooms and I leave out the sweetening agents in my sauce.  In other words, I ditch a lot of the stuff that can weigh you down after a bowl of Dandan noodles, but the flavor is 100% intact, if not even more prominent.

The dish takes very little time to make but there are some key steps I wouldn’t want you to miss so please follow along with the video below. FYI: this was actually my first IGTV video and I shot it in [what was at the time] my brand new “studio” aka my dining area transformed into teeny but super functional shooting space and tasting table.  All of that to say I’m proud of this video and I you’ll be proud of yourself after you make this recipe.  It’s healthy, TASTY and feels way gourmet than anything you’d typically whip up in under 30 minutes.  Try it and let me know how it comes out!

Dandan Zoodles

Ingredients:

2 cups spiralized zucchini

2 cups minced cremini mushrooms

1 tsp olive oil + ½ tsp

1 tbsp chopped scallions or spring onions

½ tsp chopped peanuts + ¼ tsp

1 tsp shredded carrots

Directions:

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large pan, add mushrooms and saute for 7 minutes (first three minutes on medium heat, last 4 minutes on high heat).  Once mushrooms are brown and caramelized, remove from heat and set aside.

Add ½ tsp of olive oil to pan then add 2 tbsp chopped scallions and saute for 3 minutes.  Add zoodles and saute for 3 minutes  (for al dente firmness).  Add 2 tsps of Dandan sauce, return cooked mushrooms to the pan, stir gently then add ½ tsp chopped peanuts and give the dish a final stir.

Remove from heat, plate in a large bowl, top with another tsp of sauce and garnish with scallions, peanuts and shredded carrots.

Dandan Sauce

Ingredients:

1 tsp peanut butter

¼ cup gluten free soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

3 tsps hot sesame oil

2 tsps five spice

1 squeeze fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Whisk ingredients well and set aside.  This sauce also works well as a dressing for any vegetable stir fry or even as a marinade for chicken or steak.

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