I’m back again! This is probably my last post for a few days, so I figured I’d make something special for my readers.
I saw this recipe when I was working on my meal plan for the week and was intrigued (I know this is my second New York Times recipe in as many days, but I swear I don’t work for them. Although, if you’re in a position to make that happen, please feel free to contact me). It included things we’re not eating right now, like a chicken, but it made me think about noodle bowls and this awesome pho we had in Seattle a few years ago, so I decided to create my own version.
Tofu Noodle Bowls
Bear with me, because there wasn’t a lot of measuring that happened here, but I’ll recreate it as best I can.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 block of extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
- 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
- 3 large handfuls of spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
- rice noodles (probably about 2 oz), soaked in warm water for about ten minutes
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- ~2 tsp soy sauce
- splash of rice vinegar
- garlic powder (to taste)
And then you:
- Heat the oil over medium in a large pot or dutch oven
- Add cubed tofu. Cook for five minutes. Flip. Cook for five more minutes.
- Add mushrooms. Cook until just softened, stirring occasionally, about four minutes.
- Add water, broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar. Bring to a boil.
- Add rice noodles and simmer, uncovered, for ten minutes.
- Stir in spinach slowly, increase heat to medium, simmer for five more minutes.
- Add garlic powder (and other spices) to taste.
It’s important to use just a little olive oil since tofu doesn’t really absorb it. I used too much and I think it would have been better with less. Still, it was a nice, warm, satisfying meal in a bowl. The beauty of this is that you could basically put anything you wanted to in it. I’m thinking now that I’d like to try it again with a tiny bit of green curry paste, some broccoli, some shredded carrots… so many possibilities.
I followed up my meal with some of the TCHO chocolate that Matt got me for Christmas. I can’t recommend this chocolate enough. The bars Matt gave me are “Citrus,” “Fruity,” and “Chocolatey,” all dark chocolates (my favorite) with really nice, nuanced flavors. I’m almost out, sadly, and I think it’ll be a little while before I recover from my December spending and have some disposable income to order more.
I didn’t make it to the gym this morning (surprise surprise). I couldn’t fall asleep last night, and the idea of going to the gym on 4 hours of sleep was really unappealing. Maybe I’ll give it another go tomorrow.