Admittedly I will say this, I hate and loathe Ramen. I remember eating it as a kid and teen but since becoming an adult, I won’t touch the stuff. Since we started eating clean it never even applies as food. However my children did love Ramen. This recipe did not start off as a ramen type food but it ended up there… so go me?
Yesterday morning after I met a new friend (time for the not sarcastic go me!) for a run, the boys and I trudged to the Commissary. I had almost finished my menu and shopping list but didn’t want to run additional errands since we hadn’t even begun school yet. The boys wanted chicken so I picked up some thighs that were skinned. Into the cart went other random stuff and eventually I decided on some cabbage for a side something. I LOVE cabbage!! The children and husband… ehh not so much.
When we got home I threw the chicken thighs into the crock pot and then made it up as I went along! Here is what I came up with and Paleo Ramen.
What you need:
3 cans of full fat coconut milk
Red bell pepper flakes
A dash of Lemon Juice
OR Perfect Pinch Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper seasoning.
Throw the above (reserve 1 of the 3 cans of coconut milk for later) into the crock pot and cook until the chicken will fall apart without a knife.
Shred the chicken into bite size pieces, turn off crock pot but leave the chicken and sauce in it. Add the third can of coconut milk and let sit. I did it this way because it really helped the flavor become more dimensional. You could taste the coconut milk but the spices were able to shine through as well.
Take the cabbage and turn it upside down. Slice into half but cut down the center of the core! You need the core to keep the cabbage together. I used my Paderno Spiral slicer to the cut the cabbage into thin slices that looked like noodles.
In a wok add bacon fat or coconut oil and let it heat up a bit. Then add the cabbage. Do not wilt the cabbage, just get it all a bit limp but crunchy. For the entire head it took me about 6 minutes of constant flipping.
Add the chicken and sauce.
Integrate the chicken, sauce, and cabbage until it is fully mixed. Let it heat together for 5 minutes.
Here is what mine looked like.
So to my Husband and I thought it tasted more like a Thai soup than Ramen, but my kids were over the moon. They could not tell me that the cabbage was cabbage, they sincerely thought they were eating noodles. It was awesome! The chicken was amazing and incredibly marinated. The whole thing really came together well.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve got and now it is time to get Luc to do his spelling and reading!