Monday, January 3, 2011

Vegetarian Japanese Hamburger Noodles Recipe

Day 3.

Ah Meatless (Vegan) Monday again. Here's a great old standby for our family. My mom actually cut the original recipe out of a magazine sometime in the 1970s. She used to make it for my dad when they were first married before mom became the fabulous cook she is today. She claims she once couldn't cook a thing. I have trouble believing this fact. Regardless, this was one she felt comfortable with even in her "plastic pepper" days (she once put still-packaged stuffed peppers in the oven).

Japanese Hamburger Noodles
1/4 C blanched slivered almonds
1 Tbsp. margarine/butter
3/4 pound/package ground "beef"
1 C water
1/4 tsp. salt (I use Spike seasoning blend)
1 C fine noodles (I use cooked spaghetti)
1 package (10 oz.) Japanese-style vegetables
1 Tbsp. soy sauce (I usually use Bragg's soy sauce substitute)

Saute almonds in skill until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Brown ground beef well in butter remaining in skillet, leaving meat in chunks. Stir in water and salt and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles.Cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Add vegetables. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, separating vegetables with a form and stirring frequently. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in soy sauce and springle with almonds.

Makes 4 servings.

The Results
So good. It's so simple, but so incredibly delicious. The almonds are a fabulous touch. I had to cheat and use walnuts this time. I just "knew" I had almonds still, so I didn't buy any. Well, if they're here, they're in hiding. But sometimes, even when I'm out of almonds or forget them, I have it with just the veggies and noodles and it's STILL yummy. So it must be something with the soy sauce and noodles.

This post linked at Make it with ... MondaysJust Another Meatless Monday, and My Meatless Mondays.


  1. This looks like an excellent noodle dish and I love that it can be made vegetarian with no trouble at all.

  2. This sounds really good! Although we are not vegetarians we would love this!! We have cut out a lot of meat from our diet mostly because it's so expensive.

  3. It really is delicious and so simple. Though the walnuts were good, I recommend the almonds...they go better with the Asian veggies.

  4. Sounds simple and yet so good :) Thank you for sharing.

  5. I love quick and easy noodle dishes - I'm guessing cashew nuts would also be pretty nice in this. Thanks for sharing it at Make it with ... Mondays, challenge almonds.
    Sue :-)

  6. this is so delicious, I'm not vegan, but this doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the vegan food, specially when you speak about something with many vegetables.