Hey there! Welcome back to Day 6 of my 10 days of easy hacks and recipes!
Today we’re going to make one of my favourite healthy weekday dinner meals, but in a lazy one-pot method. ? Cause…. who wants to spend time cleaning more than one pot?! This classic Korean stir-fry also known as Japchae is a delightful medley of chewy sweet potato noodles, colourful veggies, and a delicious blend of savoury and sweet sauces. The best thing about this recipe is that you can keep it purely vegan by only using vegetables, you can make it vegetarian by adding in smoked tofu or eggs, or make it the traditional way with little slices of meat (usually beef).
Before we get started, I also want to share a little more info on Korean glass noodles, which is the star of this dish, and share its health benefits. It’s such a great alternative to wheat pastas and noodles especially if you have a gluten intolerance or just want a lower calorie version.
Health Benefits of Korean Glass Noodles
- Gluten-Free: Korean glass noodles are made from sweet potato starch, making them a great gluten-free option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity
- Low in Calories: They are relatively low in calories, making them a good choice for those watching their calorie intake
- Complex Carbohydrates: Glass noodles provide complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly, helping to keep you fuller for longer and maintaining steady blood sugar levels
- Rich in Dietary Fiber: Sweet potato noodles contain dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps promote a healthy gut
- Source of Iron: They are a good source of iron, an essential mineral that helps in the production of red blood cells and supports overall energy levels
- Rich in Potassium: Sweet potato noodles contain potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and supports heart health
- Vitamins and Minerals: These noodles contain various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, contributing to overall health and immunity
- Low Fat Content: Glass noodles have a low fat content, making them a suitable choice for those looking to reduce their fat intake
- Versatile: They can be used in various dishes and cuisines, making them a versatile and delicious addition to your diet
- Gentle on Digestion: Sweet potato noodles are easy to digest, making them a good choice for those with sensitive digestive systems
Why One Pot?
Usually making Japchae involves a lot of bowls, and different pots and pans to cook the noodles versus vegetables. It probably tastes better than way but I’m all for ease and convenience. Below are other reasons why you might want to choose this lazy on-pot version over the others!
- Less Cleanup: One-pot meals are a gift to the culinary world. By using just a single pot, you’ll save yourself from the never-ending pile of dirty dishes, making this recipe perfect for those lazy weeknights or when you’re craving a delicious meal without the kitchen chaos
- Efficiency: With all the ingredients cooking together in harmony, you’ll maximize efficiency in the kitchen. No need to juggle multiple pots and pans – just toss everything in, and let the magic happen
- Enhanced Flavors: By cooking all the ingredients in the same pot, the flavors get a chance to mingle and meld, creating a mouthwatering symphony of taste that will have your family and friends coming back for seconds
- Minimal Supervision: Let’s be real; sometimes, we just want to enjoy cooking without constantly watching over the stove. A one-pot meals like this Lazy One Pot Japchae allows you to multitask and not have to worry about burning your house down!
Check out my other 10 Days of Easy Hacks and Recipes!
- Day 1 – Frozen Fruit Shaved Ice (Viral recipe)!
- Day 2 – Viral Magic Shell Yogurt Cup Recipe
- Day 3 – Soy Cured Egg Yolk Recipe
- Day 4 – Spinach and Egg White Rice Paper Wrap Recipe
- Day 5 – Fruity Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe
Want more easy healthy recipes like this? Here are some of my go-to recipes that I’m sure you’ll love!
- Viral Sushi Bomb Spring Rolls (Kid Friendly)
- Delicious Mochi Brownie Recipe (super easy)
- Easy MATCHA Mochi Brownie Recipe (for matcha lovers)
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Lazy One-Pot Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles)
- 1 large pot or Always Pan 2.0 from Our Place
- 4 oz Korean sweet potato noodles
- 1/4 onion thin slices
- 1 cup carrots, shredded or julienned
- 1 cup sweet bell peppers thin slices
- Handful spinach
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp sugar
- In a large pot or the Always Pan 2.0 from Our Place, fill it up with tap water until half full.
- Over medium high heat, wait until the water begins to boil and add in your Korean glass noodles.
- Cook for roughly 3 minutes or until the noodles are softer but still quite firm (too firm to eat with a dense center)
- Add in your sweet bell peppers, carrots, and onions. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add in your spinach and cook for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and put the lid on. Wait for another 1-2 minutes and then drain.
- Put the pot on a heating pad and do NOT apply more heat to it or put it back on the burner. The residual heat will cook and fuse all the seasonings together.
- Add in your soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and oyster sauce. Give it a good mix and using scissors, make a few cuts to the noodles so they're easier to separate. Add optional sesame seeds.
- Give it a taste and adjust seasoning to your preference. Serve and enjoy!
And there you have it, foodies! A scrumptious Lazy One Pot Japchae that’s guaranteed to become a household favourite. With this recipe, you can indulge in my favourite healthy noodle dish without the fuss of a complicated cleanup. So, next time you’re craving Japchae and it’s a weeknight, whip up this one-pot wonder. Happy cooking!
I hope you’re inspired to try this recipe for yourself and don’t forget to comment on my IG reel/TikTok or in this blog post telling me what you thought of this recipe!