Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls


Lately for some reason I have been having a major Thai/Chinese food cravings. Going on Pinterest as I always do I searched for some rice noodle bowl recipe and this one came up. I made it tonight and I highly recommend making it sometime! My roommates and I all really liked it. It’s super easy and there are not a lot of ingredients. Plus everything used to make this dish is gluten free.


8 oz. gluten free rice noodles

1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

2 TBS of vegetable oil

1 lb flank steak

salt and pepper

5 green onions

3 cups coleslaw mix

1/2 tsp freshly granted ginger

3 cloves of garlic minced


  1. Pre-soak rice noodles according to package directions then drain and set aside. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and red pepper flakes then set aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 Tablespoon oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over heat that’s just a touch below high. Make sure oil is very hot before adding 1/3 of the beef in an even layer in the bottom of the wok. (If oil is not hot enough or you overcrowd the wok, the beef will steam vs sear.) Season lightly with salt and pepper then allow beef to form a crust on the bottom before flipping and stir frying until just barely cooked through. Remove beef to a plate then repeat with remaining beef, using 1/2 Tablespoon oil to stir fry each batch, and then set the plate aside.
  3. Heat remaining 1/2 Tablespoon oil in the wok then add green onions and coleslaw mix, season lightly with salt, and then stir fry until coleslaw begins to wilt, 1-2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic then stir fry for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add drained noodles and sauce to wok then stir fry until noodles are tender, 3-4 minutes. Remove wok from heat then add beef and toss until warmed through, and then serve.


Hope you enjoy if you decide to make this!



The basswood- Beach Club

For the past couple of days my family and I have been exploring the Apostle Islands. Today we spent the day at Madeline island. After spending a couple hours lounging on the beach we went to eat at the beach club and as you can see in the photo above is literally right on the lake. I was feeling adventurous and tried a turkey burger with avocado, cranberry sauce, and Brie cheese on a gluten free bun of course. It was absolutely delicious and the view couldn’t be any better.

Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl- Chili’s

I absolutely love Mexican food. It’s really easy for me to eat at Mexican restaurants as I just have to look for anything with a corn tortilla instead of a flour tortilla. Tonight I enjoyed a bowl of chipotle chicken, rice, beans, pico, chips, corn salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, pesto, and avocado slices with a margarita. You can never go wrong with a margarita.

Burrito Bowl- Qdoba

A great place I like to eat at that also has gluten free options is Qdoba. I love getting burrito bowls although I do miss being able to eat an actual burrito. I usually always end up getting white rice, pinto beans, steak, queso, cheese, lettuce, corn salsa, and a nice big scoop of guacamole on top. When I am back at school though my go to place is Pancheros because I haven’t been able to find a Qdoba in Cedar Falls, IA.

Big Açaí Bowl

Today for a snack we stopped at this cool little place for açaí bowls. I have never eaten açaí before so I was really excited! I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it to do so, especially if you like sweet food. I got with mine bananas, strawberries, and oats with honey on top.

Beef Noodle- Cool Basil

This weekend I drove down to Johnston Iowa to visit one of my closest friends. I’ve never been around the Des Moines area before so Saturday we spent the morning at the farmers market, and after that we drove around the city for awhile. For lunch we went to Cool Basil which is known for having really good Pad Thai. I ordered the beef noodle bowl which includes rice noodles (already gluten free), beef strips, spiraled carrots, cabbage, and a mild sauce.

When in doubt order breakfast

This weekend I went to South Dakota for a annual family reunion. Friday night we stopped for dinner at a local restaurant called McCormicks. Being gluten free I have an app called Gluten Free Finder that shows restaurants that have gluten free options available. This restaurant did not have a separate gluten free menu nor did the regular menu label what is gluten free. When in doubt I like to order breakfast cause I know that will be gluten free. That is why I ordered Steak and eggs with hash browns.

Now we are about to head home and stopped for breakfast before hitting the road. Perkins does not label their menu either so I ordered the Big Country skillet knowing that tater tots, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and cheese are all gluten free.

Like I said when in doubt, order breakfast.