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Stir Fried Soba Noodles with Napa Cabbage and Bok Choy

I think I may have mentioned that I’m drowning in cabbages and salad greens a few times and to a few people over the past few weeks. If you didn’t know, I joined a CSA last month and every Thursday evening the kids and I get in the van and drive over to our pick-up spot to get our share of local farm fresh produce to take home. The process of coming home with two huge bags filled to the rim with veggies (some I don’t always recognize) was a little overwhelming at first, I will openly admit. Since the veggies are literally coming straight from the farm and off of a truck into my hands, I have some work to do when I get home. I start before I leave the house by cleaning my sink well. When I get home with my bags, I open them up and sort through what I have. I fill up my sink with cold water and start cleaning the veggies by cutting off any roots or yellow leaves and letting them soak for a few minutes.

I lay out 2 or 3 clean dish towels on the counter next to the sink where I let everything completely dry for a good hour or two afterwards, before putting it all away in the fridge, either wrapped in dry paper towels or in ziploc bags.

I have to say, 4 weeks in, I’ve got a good system down and it really has become an interesting and delicious experience for my whole family.

(and the scraps are keeping the compost bin entertained and full!)

I will say, joining a CSA isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like to be too adventurous with your cooking, or like to have very planned meals, then it’s probably not something you want to invest in. Though you do have somewhat of an idea of what you will be taking home each week, it’s really not the same as pushing your shopping cart through the produce section of the grocery store with a list. Instead, your CSA bag is basically filled for you by a farmer and filled with whatever nature is growing for you that week. I love the whole concept of it and I really enjoy the surprise of what we take home. But it is a challenge.

My kids think it’s pretty cool too.

Needless to say, I’ve been having to stay on my toes as far as finding recipes and ideas for how to use up all of this wonderful produce. One thing I’ve been getting  a lot of is asian cabbages like napa cabbage and bok choy.

You already saw the Asian Stuffed Cabbages I made for dinner a couple of weeks ago that turned out to be a hit. Here’s another Asian-inspired dish I made recently using up the rest of the cabbages I had in the fridge. A delicious, soba noodle stir fry that fed me at lunch for two days. That’s right, fed me…meaning, my husband and kids never even got to try it. Oops.

I guess that means I have to make it again soon. Soon meaning probably this weekend.

You can find my recipe for Stir Fried Soba Noodles with Napa Cabbage and Bok Choy over on Family Kitchen this week. Enjoy!!

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16 comments on “Stir Fried Soba Noodles with Napa Cabbage and Bok Choy”

  1. Mmm! Im so jealous of all your greens! If i lived closer, i would volunteer to help you finish them off!

  2. I’m so jealous too! I don’t think we have a CSA here!! Your soba noodle stir fry looks awesome!

  3. This looks so fresh and delicious!


  5. I just saw soba noodles at the store the other day and thought I needed to make something with it. I have to check that there is no wheat though.

    You have a good system going for your regular influx of vegetables. It must make it easier to handle – and you have such a selection!

  6. The noodles look absolutely delicious! And, I love your spirit of adventure. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  7. I think I am more jealous of the fact that you can get local, farm-fresh produce in February than anything! This dish look fantastic… not sure I would share it with my kids though… totally perfect to bring to work for my lunch every day! yum!

  8. Hi Aggie,

    These look delicious. I have never tried preparing soba noodles but you make it look easy. I think my husband and son would both love this dish…and I love all the greens you’ve added. It makes it all look so fresh!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice weekend.


  9. I recently made a cabbage dish and wonder why I don’t do that more often. This looks like such a simple and good for you meal…I have to try it!

  10. I love soba noodles and am always looking for new ways to use them. This recipe looks simple, fresh and delicious and the photos are lovely!

  11. We have a local CSA from Urban Harvest butI am only one person so it makes more sense to go to the farmers market for me. What I love about them is that they get you thinking outside the box.

  12. Delicious!! What a great way to try new produce 🙂 and the best part is, you know it’s incredibly fresh.

  13. I love this post…. I always throw produce in the fridge and don’t deal with it right away. Then I don’t use it bc I don’t take the time to clean it and have it prepared. This is a great idea though to wash it, dry it and have it ready! I’m loving your posts on fresh produce and just looked into a local company that delivers it in my neck of the woods! Keep the tips coming GirlFriend!

  14. Never seen Napa cabbage, it looks so crisp and the freshness in the dish!

  15. Look at all those gorgeous greens! Lovely recipe as well 🙂
    Happy Valentines Day!