Shabu Shabu Fallout
January 26, 2015 6:51 AM   Subscribe

Please help me use up the extra veggies in a delicious way after my Daughter made an amazing Shabu Shabu Dinner...

So my daughter made shabu shabu on Saturday and we were left with lots of extra veggies. I could give them to our animals but would rather make the human monkeys something first.
Restrictions: I don't want soup or anything "Very wet" (because I just don't feel like it). warm meal (it is -20 C today). One dish is preferred, and fun as a challenge. My cooking skill is advanced, but I have to work today so less than 1 hour prep. No deep frying (I did think about tempura or pakora). No dietary restrictions (but no meat)

Veggie Ingredients available: Spinach, bok choi, bean sprouts, zucchini.
Additional Veggies: Onions, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic
Other: HUGE availability of spices and herbs but only oregano that is fresh
Equipment available: Wood oven, frying pan, tagine, slow cooker (regular kitchen stuff)

Please help me solve my dinner problem :).
posted by mrgroweler to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Some version of ribollita? I know you said no soup, but it's actually much thicker than soup and gets broiled in the oven with bread before serving so I find that it doesn't hit my "soup" buttons.
posted by lydhre at 6:56 AM on January 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

I would eat the heck out of a coconut curry made with all of those veggies.
posted by cooker girl at 6:58 AM on January 26, 2015 [3 favorites]

I would make just a big stir-fry.
posted by mskyle at 7:07 AM on January 26, 2015 [4 favorites]

Best answer: make a mash out of potatoes & garlic. mash in sweet potatoes and/or carrots too, if that's your thing. squeeze water out of remaining veg, mix into potatoes, season. an egg never hurts or a bit of flour or breadcrumbs. form into patties.

delicious, delicious lightly pan-fried patties. serve with sweet chili sauce, or coriandier chutney, or tamarind chutney, or all of the above. and fresh cilantro and finely diced onion. and some yogurt on top of that. (this is sort of a fractional form of ragda-petti, simply minus the 'ragda')

or cook them a bit firmer for something like vada-pav or cutlet-sandwiches. in this case go for shallow-frying to get better texture.
posted by dorian at 7:10 AM on January 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

Lo Mein! You may need to pick up a few extra ingredients, but most can be found in regular supermarkets.

You will need:


Bok Choi
Bean Sprouts


soy sauce
oyster sauce
Meat of some type (if you can find a package of chicken tenders or "beef for pepper steak", that's PERFECT)
Lo Mein noodles, or if you can't find them, linguini

I would actually be very surprised if you don't already have ginger, soy sauce or oyster sauce since you made Shabu Shabu, but you never know.

also, this is best made in a wok, but a biggish frying pan would work fine too.

anyway, here's what you do:

1. Cook the linguini/noodles the way it says on the package. Drain and set aside.
2. Marinate the meat (if you want) in a little chopped garlic and ginger and soy sauce while you heat up the frying pan/wok and get all the other vegetables julienned. Split the veg into three categories: a) hard, b) carrots (I don't know why they get their own category, but they do) and c) soft.
3. Drizzle a little oil into the frying pan/wok and cook the meat until it loses its pinkness. fish the meat out and set aside.
4. Drizzle a little more oil into the pan, let that heat up and dump in the onion alone first (if you're using it). Let that cook a couple minutes.
5. Add a shot of soy sauce and the hard vegetables. Stir everything up a bit and let cook until the vegetables are just starting to get tender.
6. Add another shot of soy sauce and the carrots. Let cook another couple minutes.
7. Add another shot of soy sauce and the soft vegetables. Let cook another couple minutes (until the leaves on the bok choy and the spinach wilt, I'd say).
8. Then, dump in the noodles, ALL the meat, and another shot of soy sauce AND a drizzle of oyster sauce. Mix everything up all good, and let cook another minute or so to warm through. Add more oyster sauce to taste if you want.


Fried Rice is kind of the same principle, except you use rice instead of noodles and you can make the vegetables more chunky rather than julienne.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:34 AM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Oh, and if you already have cooked meat, you can totally use that in the lo mein instead and skip that step.

Figure on about a pound each of noodles and meat if you're cooking for four people, and about 4 cups of veggies.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:17 AM on January 26, 2015

I usually use my shabu shabu leftovers in mooshu wraps. Here's an example!
posted by inevitability at 10:26 AM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

I would make yakisoba. All the veggies except potato and sweet potato would work there.
posted by O9scar at 10:58 AM on January 26, 2015

I'd make a frittata . Easy and delicious.
posted by quince at 11:26 AM on January 26, 2015

All of those could be put into omlettes or a quiche.
posted by spinifex23 at 12:19 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: So Day one I made dorian's suggestion but winged it and added some chickpea flour, made my own raita (because we didn't have anything for chutney) turned out amazing. Day 2 made Ribolita, suggested by lydhre, what a great recipe. It is now in my goto for fun things to cook. It takes all day, but doesn't require the cook to hover over it. I added some going stale pumperknickle bread as the toast and hot dang does it taste and look like beef! (I can't eat beef at all [but I WANT TOO]).
posted by mrgroweler at 8:47 AM on January 28, 2015

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