Sesame Vegetable Noodles with Tofu

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Prep Time: 20m | Cook Time: 30m | Total Time: 50m | Serves

Remember this perfect budget-friendly recipe when you need to make something tasty for a potluck or a party.

The key lies in having everything prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.

First, sauté the tofu to give it a golden crust; then, while the pasta is cooking, quickly stir-fry the vegetables. The result is an easy vegetarian dish loaded with tasty veggies, beautiful colors and varying textures.

Another great thing about this dish: it's great hot, at room temperature, or cold right out of the fridge!

From The Earthbound Cook: 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet by Myra Goodman


Ingredients

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
14 ounces firm tofu (drained and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices)
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
8 ounces buckwheat (soba) noodles
3 tablespoons plain sesame oil
3 tablespoons shallots (minced)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (peeled and finely grated)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red bell pepper (stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/8-inch-thick strips, about 1-1/2 cups)
1 large carrot (peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices, about 3/4 cup)
1 small zucchini (cut in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices, about 3/4 cup)
2 cups Earthbound Farm Organic Zen Blend
  dash salt (to taste)
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


Directions

Place the soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, toasted sesame oil, ginger and garlic powder in a large bowl and whisk to blend. Add the slabs of tofu and let marinate for 5 minutes.

Heat a large skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat and add the tofu (reserving the bowl of marinade). Cook on one side until browned, about 2 minutes. Then turn the tofu over with a spatula and cook until nicely browned on the other side, 2 minutes. Transfer the tofu to a cutting board and cut it into 3/4-inch cubes. Return the tofu to the bowl containing the marinade.

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large covered pot over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons salt, and stir in the noodles. Cook according to the package directions until al dente, about 7 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the plain sesame oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, ginger, and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Then add the broccoli, bell pepper, carrot and zucchini, and stir-fry until the vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the Zen greens to the skillet, cover and cook until the greens are just wilted and the vegetables are crisp-tender, another 2 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, drain the noodles and add the tofu. Season the vegetable mixture with salt, and add it to the tofu and pasta. Toss to combine, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, and serve.

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