Ever have one of those days at the farmers market? When you come home with so many vegetables that you can’t fit them all in the fridge?
It’s that time of year again. I am crazy with excitement.
I had many options for vegetables to put in this dish, but narrowed it down to a choice few. I was going for a dish that says late spring. I don’t often cook with dandelion greens. I love bitter greens, but a few, like dandelion, are sometimes a bit too bitter for me. Adding sweet tasting vegetables, like onion, can help. Adding them to a dish with udon and sweet snow peas turned out to be better than I had hoped. I had a hard time leaving some for the rest of the family.
I don’t usually separate the dandelion stems from the leaves, I just chop the stem ends smaller and the leaf ends larger. Sometimes I throw the stems in a little earlier, but I don’t think it matters as much with fresh spring dandelion greens. These ones had pretty thin stems.
Sautéed Dandelion Greens, Snow Peas and Udon
8 oz udon noodles
2 tsp unrefined sesame oil
2 cups chopped spring onions – bulbs, greens and thin roots (approx 1 bunch)
3 1/2 to 4 cups washed and chopped dandelion greens – chop stems smaller than leaves (approx 1 bunch)
2 cups sliced snow peas
1 Tbsp unpasteurized shoyu or tamari or to taste
1 Tbsp water
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add udon and cook until almost tender. Drain immediately and rinse with cool water. Set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet on medium low heat. Add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and the dandelion stems if you set them aside. Sauté for a few minutes. Add the greens and snow peas. Sauté for a few more minutes, until the greens start to wilt.
3. Add the cooked noodles on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the shoyu over the noodles along with 1 Tbsp of water. Cover and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove cover and stir. Serve.
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