Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein
Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein
This is an old family recipe that my mother used to make when we were younger. Of course back then, this delicious recipe for Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein featured a packet of chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup of course doesn’t feature in this fantastic low carb version. Konjac or Shirataki noodles are used instead and they taste brilliant. I think you are going to really love the flavors in this particular recipe.
Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein is a great budget recipe that features ground/ minced beef and is given a nutritional boost by adding celery, sliced cabbage and green beans. The addition of garlic, curry powder and cumin powder imparts a lovely curry flavor that is delicious but not too overpowering.
Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein is a great way to use up the cabbage that is wilting in the fridge. You could also vary the ingredients to suit what ever you have in the cupboard. Add red or green peppers/capsicums, mushrooms or kale, in place or in addition to the celery and the green beans. Anyone not concerned about carbs could also add carrot to the recipe as well.
If you don’t have any Shirataki or Konjac noodles, you could simply serve the dish with some cauliflower rice. Make sure you try it with the Konjac or Shirataki noodles though, as the dish tastes great featuring them.
While I recommend you try making the recipe just as it is, you can also vary the spice mix in Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein, to suit your tastes. You could add some chilli, turmeric or ginger to taste, as well as a dash of Tamari for a bit of soy sauce flavor. Feel free also to switch the minced/ground beef for another type of meat such as pork, veal, turkey or chicken.
Chia Seed Gel
Adding chia seed gel works not only as an amazing nutritional boost to this dish, but it also thickens the juices as well. Feel free to leave the chia seed gel out, but the dish will not thicken up as much as it would if you add them. Simply grind 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in my nutri-bullet till smooth. I then blend them with 1/2 cup of water and allow the gel to thicken slightly. Stir the chia seed gel through about 15 minutes prior to serving Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein.
Delicious Recipes Featuring Konjac Noodles
If you are looking for some other delicious dishes that might feature Konjac noodles in them on this website, make sure you check out these recipes. Low Carb Pad Thai, Asian Slaw with Konjac Noodles and Asian Beef Zoodle Salad.
My favorite way to serve Beef and Cabbage Chow Mein is as they come, straight from the pan. You could also garnish them with some chopped chili or chili flakes and chopped spring onions. For a bit more of a nutritional boost you could also serve them topped with bean sprouts. If you needed to carb this dish up for anyone, you can serve this dish with some regular steamed or boiled rice.
Chia Seed Gel Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seed powder
- .5 cup water
Chow Mein Ingredients
- 500 gms ground/minced beef
- 1 tablespoon EVOO- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion finely diced
- 3 stalks celery finely chopped
- 2.5 cups cabbage thinly sliced
- 1.5 cup green beans
- 2 teaspoons curry powder or to taste
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 400 gms Konjac or Shirataki noodles soaked in boiling how water for 5 minutes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Blend the chia seeds with the water to create a gel and set aside to thicken.
- Brown the mince off in the EVOO in a large pan. Add the garlic and the onion and continue cooking until the onion is transparent. Add the curry powder and spices and cook off for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the celery, beans and cabbage and stir fry until they soften, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock and continue to simmer gently until the liquid reduces slightly, for about 10 minutes
- Stir the chia seed gel through the stir fry and continue to simmer for about another 10-15 minutes.
- Stir through the Konjac/Shirataki noodles and serve immediately.