Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sweet Noodle Stir Fry


One time my little (26-year-old) bachelor brother dropped by after I’d made these stir-fry noodles for dinner. I told him to help himself. He got himself a bowl and after finishing it said, “This is the best thing you’ve made for dinner.” Ouch? Or Thanks? Anyway…my young children also like this dish, which is saying a lot. It’s pretty good. AND it’s vegan!
My friend Ariane recommended this recipe to me after stumbling on it at Our BestBites blog. Their version is “Quick and Easy Noodle Stir-Fry.”

Ingredients:
1 recipe fried tofu
12-16 oz. whole wheat linguine
½ c. soy sauce

Most of my ingredients…
¼ c. rice wine vinegar
¼ c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Thai sweet chili sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
(in addition to oil for frying tofu)
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 small or half large onion, sliced (1 c.)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. frozen peas
1 medium or 2 tiny zucchini (2 c.)
1 large red bell pepper (1 to 1 ½ c.)

Directions:

1. Make 1 recipe fried tofu.

2. Cook linguine al dente according to package instructions.

3. Make sauce: Combine soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, and ground ginger in measuring cup or bowl.

4. Vegetable stir-fry: In large frying pan or wok, heat 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil on medium-high heat (maybe you can use oil from your frying tofu). Add sesame seeds.

5. Add onion, garlic, and peas (you don’t have to thaw the peas!) Stir to prevent scorching.

6. When onion is slightly softened, add zucchini and red bell pepper. Stir-fry until zucchini and pepper start to soften.

7. Add tofu and sauce. Lower heat to medium-low and cover for about 5 minutes to soften vegetables a little more and infuse them with saucy flavor.

8. Add noodles and mix!


*Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
13.5 oz. whole wheat linguine
1470
0
35
49
14
598
0
0
28
40
½ c. soy sauce
80
304
0
8
0
Rice vinegar
0
0
0
0
0
¼ c. brown sugar
180
0
0
0
0
2 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce
70
17
0
0
0
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
130
0
0
0
0
2 Tbsp. canola oil
130
0
0
0
0
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
102
0
2.5
3
18
1 c. sliced onion
64
0
3
2
4
1 c. frozen peas
105
0
6
7.5
0
2 c. sliced zucchini
40
2
2
4
4
1 c. diced red bell pepper
46
0
3
1
1
Total: (9 ½ cups)
3015 kcal
323 %
51.5 g
102.5 g
81 %
1 cup:
317 kcal
34 %
5.5 g
11 g
8.5 %

*Calculated from food packaging and the following website: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/

 I used “Mitsukan” brand rice wine vinegar, “Domino” brand brown sugar, “Thai Kitchen” brand sweet red chili sauce, “Imperial Dragon” brand sesame oil, “Wesson” brand canola oil, “McCormick” brand sesame seeds and “Great Value” (Walmart) brand whole wheat linguine, soy sauce, frozen sweet peas.

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