Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu & Lucky 13

Lucky 2013. I really think it's true. So many great things are happening this year so the number 13 has taken on a new meaning to me. My sister is getting married, a great friend got engaged, we will buy, renovate, and move into our first home, and we will become a family of 4 - yes, I'm pregnant!

We are expecting a new baby in September so you lucky people are sure to be flooded with food, glorious food. If one thing is for sure it's that I'm hungry all of the time. And tired, and teary, and chubby.

Another score of 2013 - mastering baked tofu at home. This stuff is like crack - salty, soft inside, crisp edges, and full of flavor. This noodle salad layers fresh Asian noodles with a raw veggie slaw, fresh herbs, and sticks of baked tofu, all tossed in a delicious dressing.

Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu

baked tofu:
1 16-oz block extra firm tofu
3 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons soy sauce
1 garlic clove, grated
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons rice vinegar

salad:
1 pound fresh Asian noodles (I used egg noodles)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (or agave)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, grated
1/8 teaspoon chili flakes
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrot
1 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
1 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

1. Make baked tofu: Pre-heat oven to 350. Place whole block of tofu on baking sheet and press with a heavy pan (I used our big cast iron) for 15-30 minutes to release excess liquid. When ready, slice into squares. Mix honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar together. Gently toss tofu squares in marinade, let sit as long as you can, then lay on a greased baking sheet, brushing on any excess. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes then flip, baking for another 15 minutes. When slightly cool, slice into matchsticks.

2. Prepare salad: Mix vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and chili flakes in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Prepare all vegetables and cook noodles according to package instructions.

3. Serve: Toss warm noodles with half the dressing. Combine vegetables, cilantro, and tofu with the remaining. Pile noodles onto individual plates, top with slaw, and finally with chopped peanuts.




16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy, Sarah! That is exciting news. I've been trying to decide what I should do with the last package of buckwheat noodles in my pantry, and this just may be the recipe for them! It looks wonderful and is really a great transition-into-spring meal. We're hoping we see spring here soon, but it's snowing at the moment, again.

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  2. Congratulations Sarah! I'm pregnant too, due in June, so I'm so excited to see all the yummy recipes you come up with :)

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  3. Thank you Katie & Molly! Katie, I hope you do try it - totally delicious. Molly, congratulations! Do you have other children? I'm so excited but also terrified of having two kids!

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  4. Thanks Sarah! It is my first - eek!

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  5. Congratulations Sarah! Yes, 2013 seems to be quite lucky across the board. Can't wait to try your baked tofu method. This salad looks so delicious and vibrant.

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  6. Congratulations!!! What exciting news. Best of luck for a continued smooth pregnancy....

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  7. Congrats Sarah! So happy for you!!

    I need to master the baked tofu skill. That's one delicious bowl of noodle salad :)

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  8. Thank you!!! Yes, please try this noodle salad - totally delicious!

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  9. Congratulations on all the wonderful things going on for you!! and so happy for you and your family!

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  10. Thanks for share such a awesome recipe..kids will going to love this stuff !

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  11. I happened upon this recipe last week I have made it twice in 7 days It is amazing

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  12. Sarah, you may want to look at getting the EZ Tofu Press...great for pressing the water out of firm and extra firm tofu. Takes 5-15 minutes.

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  13. I must have done something wrong.... tofu is mush. i followed the directions perfectly. Although they are not very clear... I have to push down on the tofu for 30 minutes? The marinade didn't make enough to cover the tofu squares. no crispiness anywhere

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  14. I don't think she means push down, but more like place the tofu under something really heavy so that the water comes out.

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