This simple vegan and gluten free Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry is fresh, delicious and you'll have it on the table in 20 minutes!

Say hello to my new favorite 20-minute dinner – Vegan Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry. The alternate title was here’s-everything-in-my-fridge-that-needs-to-get-eaten-before-we-go-away-for-the-long-weekend-stir-fry. Just didn’t have the same ring as the actual title. A little too long, perhaps? Yea, I kinda thought so too.

This simple vegan and gluten free Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry is fresh, delicious and you'll have it on the table in 20 minutes!

Last week was an awkward week in terms of cooking. After being up in Maine the weekend before Labor Day we came home to a half-full fridge. It wasn’t quite at that empty point where grocery shopping was a must. But, it wasn’t overflowing with choices either. And, since we were headed out of town for the long weekend I didn’t see the point in buying more food we weren’t going to be home to eat. Also, I was too lazy to go grocery shopping. So, we played the ever-chancy game of let’s see how creative our dinners can get.

This game usually goes one of two ways (there’s very little middle ground) – dinner is either shockingly amazing or a total failure.

Spoiler alert…the result was amazing. But when you’e got soba noodles + veggies on your side how can it not be?!

This simple vegan and gluten free Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry is fresh, delicious and you'll have it on the table in 20 minutes!

I {heart} stir fries so much!  The list goes on and on, but here’s my top 3 reasons why they’re so awesome…

* The time factor. Stir fries are a quick and easy dinner time and time again. There’s minimal prep work involved, and once you get cooking, you’re looking at just 15-20 minutes.

* The versatility. You can use any types of veggies you have hanging out in your kitchen. You can also give your stir fry a little more bulk with tofu, chicken of beef.

* They’re a great clean-out-the-fridge meal. Stir fries are one of my go-to meals when I’m trying to use up food in the fridge and it even occasionally work for re-purposing leftovers.

This simple vegan and gluten free Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry is fresh, delicious and you'll have it on the table in 20 minutes!

This simple vegan and gluten free stir fry combines a pretty blend of red, orange and yellow bell peppers (feel free to use whatever colors you have handy), shiitake mushrooms, spinach and soba noodles with a garlicky-ginger sauce. I also added a tiny bit of sambal olek (a type of spicy chili sauce) for a touch of heat. If you’re using it, keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way, and if you’re not into spicy food, don’t worry, you can leave it out and still get a delicious sauce.

This simple vegan and gluten free Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry is fresh, delicious and you'll have it on the table in 20 minutes!

Vegan Sweet Pepper and Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir Fry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 2-4


    For the sauce
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon samal olek
  • 1 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • For the soba & veggies
  • 6 ounces soba noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), core & seeds removed, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed & sliced thin
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • salt & pepper


In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, mirin, honey, sambal olek, ginger, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Whisk in the cornstarch and continue mixing until it's completely dissolved. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the soba noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the noodles are just a tiny bit under cooked. They'll finish cooking in the pan with the veggies and sauce. Drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and mushrooms, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and stirfry for about 5 minutes. Add the soba noodle and a tiny bit of sauce to the pan. Use tongs to move the noodles and veggies around the pan, to mix everything together. Add the remainder of the sauce to the pan. Continue stirring to coat the noodles and veggies with the sauce. Cook until the sauce has thickened slightly.

Divide the stir fry between plates, garnish with sesame seeds and scallions, and serve immediately.


To keep this meal gluten free be sure to use buckwheat soba noodles and gluten free tamari


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Weekend Things

by Kelli on August 31, 2014


This was from last weekend’s trip to Maine. It is so dang beautiful up there! We went up for the Rev3 Maine triathlon. It was supposed to be our last tri of the season. I woke up with a blaring migraine on race day, and despite my best efforts I wasn’t able to start the race. I tried pretty much everything and stayed hopeful it might still happen up until the minute they closed the transition area. Turns out the strategy of think-well-feel-well doesn’t work with migraines. Sigh.

On the upside, L had an awesome race and I was able to pull myself out of the migraine fog for a bit to cheer him on. The guy is totally killing his first season of triathlon! He just keeps getting faster and faster. It’s awesome and super motivating to see it all unfolding.

Once my headache was totally gone, L was gung-ho to help me find another race to close out the season. So, Rev3 Poconos, in 2 weeks, here we come!

Also, apparently Sundays have turned into the day I talk about triathlon. Is it cool, or does it totally bore you to tears?

 * these are the doughnuts of my dreams. brown butter and pistachios are involved.

* excuse me while i go to mac & cheese heaven.

* if there’s one thing that could makes s’mores even better, it’s sea salt.

* i don’t think i’ve ever shared my love for bahn mi sandwiches with you guys. seriously, i {heart} them so hard. needless to say, these bahn mi breakfast sandwiches are totally blowing my mind.

* this pasta is making me so excited for fall.

* these burgers. i have no words.

* i have been wanting to make fruit tarts all summer. these beauties finally kicked me into gear.

* do you think you could survive on en emoji diet?


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



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