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This japchae is as simple as it gets, but I couldn’t put my chopsticks down. Whether using a fork, chopsticks or fopsticks, you’re going to love this japchae. It’s a fantastic savory vegetarian meal.

Zucchini Noodle Japchae [Vegan]

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Ingredients You Need for Zucchini Noodle Japchae [Vegan]

  • 2 1/2 packed cups spinach
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks and halved
  • 1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 3 1/2 ounce container shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, tops sliced into ½” pieces
  • 1 large zucchini (or 2 medium), Blade C
  • toasted sesame seeds, to garnish (about ¼ tsp)
  • For the Sauce:

    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 2 teaspoon agave nectar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

How to Prepare Zucchini Noodle Japchae [Vegan]

  1. Bring a small pot to a boil. While waiting to boil, combine all ingredients for the sauce, whisk together and set aside. Once water boils, add in the spinach for 30 seconds or until wilted and then transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate and gently squeeze out excess water. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and once heated, add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the onion, carrots and shiitake mushrooms and cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until mushrooms are wilted and carrots have mostly softened.
  3. Add in the zucchini noodles and toss for 2-3 minutes or until zucchini is cooked to al dente. Pour the noodle mixture into a colander and toss to let excess moisture drain out. Place the drained noodle mixture back into the skillet.
  4. Add in the spinach and pour in the sauce. Toss to combine all the flavors and warm the sauce, about 1 minute. Transfer to plates and garnish with sesame seeds.
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