Sweet Potato Noodles with Tofu & Spicy Peanut Sauce

Main, Vegetarian | September 13, 2016 | By

Are veggie noodles a trend? I really hope they’re here to stay!  Get creative with the different varieties of veggie noodles, like this healthy, vegetarian sweet potato noodle dish with tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and a spicy Asian peanut sauce. If you want to save time, you can buy the already spiralized sweet potatoes at Whole Foods (and other grocery stores) that now sells Hungry Root’s products in the produce section!  So damn easy! 

Sweet Potato Noodles with Tofu & Spicy Peanut Sauce
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (divided)
  • 1 (8 oz.) block extra-firm tofu (drained, dried and cubed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 4 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • For the Sauce:
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sambal oelek (chili paste)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and make spaghetti-like noodles using a spiral vegetable cutter. Set noodles aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-high in a wok or heavy skillet. Add the tofu and brown on all sides. Remove the tofu and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and sauté the garlic, onion, and red bell pepper until softened. Add in the Thai chili pepper and shiitake mushrooms, and cook until mushrooms are slightly browned. Stir in the tofu and sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes and toss in the sweet potato noodles, green onions, cilantro, and basil stirring until al dente and coated well, about 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds to garnish.
  4. Sauce: Put all ingredients, except lime juice, in a small saucepan over low heat. Add water and whisk until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice until well combined. Makes ⅔ cup. (Can be stored in container in refrigerator for 2-3 days.)
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found in the Asian section at select grocery stores, and at specialty Asian markets. Whole Foods now carries already spiralized sweet potatoes from this company: Hungry Root

If you like this recipe, you’re going to love our Thai Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp Meatballs! Check it out!

Stir-Fry Broccoli & Baked Tofu

Sides, Vegetarian | August 22, 2016 | By

I am seriously crazy for broccoli and tofu — two of my most favorite duos, especially in this super easy vegetarian stir-fry dish!  Deputy Foodie Damien whipped it up for this week’s blog post so you can prepare this awesome recipe any day of the week.  The baked tofu has a great firm texture and is so much healthier than the deep-fried version.  I honestly could eat this entire portion myself! (Sucks for my hubbie)!   

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Stir-Fry Broccoli & Baked Tofu
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) block of extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 small bunches broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Thai chili pepper, chopped (seeded for less heat)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cooked white or brown rice
Instructions
  1. To bake tofu: Place entire block of tofu in a toaster oven at 275 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until brown on outside. Remove and let cool. Cut tofu into bite-sized squares and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy wok on medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in chili peppers and chopped broccoli and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add hoisin sauce and tofu to coat, and stir-fry another 5 minutes until broccoli is just tender. Stir in pinch of salt to taste.
  3. Serve with a side of steamed white or brown rice.

 

White Fish Cakes with Sriracha

white fish cakes

This Indonesian recipe is especially delicious because my two nieces helped me make it! We used striped bass for the fish fillets. It’s delicate and flaky when cooked. Any nice white fish will do! Of course, I love heat so if you’re not into that you can go easy on the sambal oelek. I prepared this recipe as an appetizer making mini-cakes, but this is great as a main course as well. Don’t forget the lemon on the side for that extra zing of citrus!  Thank you, Darby and Jordan!  It was a blast having you in my kitchen!

White Fish Cakes with Sriracha
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless white fish fillets
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass (white part only)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Lemon wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop the fish fillets. In a food processor, pulse the fish to form small chunks. Set fish aside.
  2. In a large non-stick sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on medium-high. Sauté the shallots, garlic, lemongrass, and ginger until translucent but not mushy, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine together the fish, cooked vegetables, sambal oelek, turmeric, cumin, green onions, mint, and beaten egg. Form into 3-inch patties and place on a baking tray.
  4. Wipe out sauté pan and add remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the fish patties to hot pan in a single layer and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from heat and pat with paper towels. Drizzle fish cakes with sriracha sauce. Serve with lemon wedges and extra sriracha sauce on the side.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.