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Meat Lite: Stir Fried Bok Choy with Soba Noodles

Note: Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by their book, Almost Meatless.

There's Meat Lite, and then there's practically meatless. This recipe falls into the latter category. Anything cooked with stock is not vegetarian of course, and the absence of meaty pieces might disappoint some Serious Eaters. If you like, add some thinly sliced chicken or pork to this stir fry to make it meatier. And vegetarians can simply substitute water, though for me the depth of flavor provided by the chicken stock makes this feel like a meal. This recipe was created to deal with the abundance of bok choy in my CSA box, but it was so good, I know I'll make it again.

About the author: Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at

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