Paleo friendly & Whole30 compliant Ramen with zucchini noodles

16 February 2017

... no spiralizer needed. Nor do you need be an eater of the Paleo variety or doing a Whole30 to enjoy this - promise. Simon-dislikes-cooked-vegetables-Patton loves this. Or so he claims.

Disclaimer alert! I'm not a cook/check/foodie so proceed at your own risk but I wouldn't share a recipe unless it was worth making - mom's honor.

I had some real deal Ramen about a year or so ago and it was so good. I also like the stuff that comes in the packets but the real deal left an impact and while we aren't doing a whole30 nor do we eat Paleo I still thought it wouldn't be terrible to try with zucchini noodles (zoodles, if you must). And so! I did and the results were pretty tasty.

4 chicken thighs cooked/baked/fried to your liking (I HIGHLY recommend this method but if you want to bake them or whatever them - do it up)
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock of your choosing (we like this stuff from Costco and its whole30 compliant anyway)
two heads of Bok Choy (washed and chopped - not super finely)
3/4 cup carrots chopped
3 zucchinis worth of "noodles" (I just use a veggie peeler because it's super fast and makes the perfect ribbon noodles for the recipe but spiralize your little heart out if it makes you happy!)
2 soft boiled eggs, sliced
3-5 cloves of garlic - minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ginger (fresh or not - I rarely have fresh on hand)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp anchovy paste
1 Tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce if you don't care about the Paleo/whole30 factor
1 Tbsp hot sauce (I just use Frank's Red Hot)

Okay. It's tough to screw this up, promise. I know you were worried.

zoodles ready for action.

Heat the olive oil up on medium heat in a large skillet or tall pot (or I just use the pan and drippings from the chicken) and sauté the garlic until soft. Chop (or I just tear it apart) your chicken.

Slowly add the broth, tomato paste, anchovy paste, hot sauce, ginger, and chicken. Cover loosely with foil and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Add the chopped carrots and stir in one head of the chopped Bok Choy. Let simmer a few more minutes (this is when I start the eggs).

right after the Bok Choy and right before the carrots went in.

Add the zucchini and coconut aminos and stir but don't let the zoodles get super soft before serving. I dish up the bowls and there's usually enough left over for a lunch (or admittedly - I love this for breakfast) for two. I just don't let it sit in the pan too long so that the noodles remain slightly crunchy. I reserve the other head of Bok Choy to put over the leftovers but if you're not a Boy Choy fanatic like I am - you don't have to do that!

Top with sliced egg and enjoy! I like eating with plantain chips but to each their own!

This makes enough to feed me and Simon and a little bit to a couple of non-picky kids (yes, I make a separate but simple meal for the kids - yes I'm the biggest enabler known to moms).

This is at the top of my freezer meal list to make before the baby comes. I might do a trial run to see how the Zucchini & Bok Choy freezes and if it's meh - I'll just add those along with the egg when I heat it back up.

The end. 


  1. aaaaand I will be making this tomorrow now! Looks so good!

  2. This looks delish and I might just have to try it! I love ramen and this super healthy version looks so satisfying. I am intrigued by the separate meal for the kiddos- would you consider sharing more on that at some point? My 20 month old is making me want to do the same these days because he is just becoming so picky! Half the time if i serve him what my husband and I are eating he ends up refusing it and I make him something else anyway- even though I make very simple meals that I think he will like! Kinda frustrating.... c'est la vie with little ones!

  3. Keep a piece of ginger in a bag in your freezer so you can always have fresh ginger in your food.

  4. Did you know you can get ginger in a paste? It's almost the consistency of a really finely chopped relish. Anyway, ever since I found that I always keep it on hand in the fridge. It's a lifesaver! I found it at our Walmart in the produce section if that helps.

  5. Oh I like this! We just discovered (but have known for a while it was coming) that our youngest son is now also a type 1 diabetic, as well as our oldest son, so we're ALL learning to eat less carbs and more veg all over again. I did this 15 years ago when the oldest was diagnosed with T1D and it's like I'm learning all over. Popcorn for dinner is a hard habit to break! I'll be making this for at least myself and quite possibly everyone. Thanks!



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