Zingy limey carroty
250 kcal VE
Flavours: 1 small garlic clove, ginger, 2 tsp lime juice (fresh or from bottle), ½ tsp light soy sauce, ½ tsp sesame oil
Bulk: 200g firm tofu, 120g white cabbage, 50g soba/buckwheat noodles, 100g grated carrot
Jazzy: sesame seeds and sliced spring onion to top
Puree prep: either place the grated carrot and ginger, crushed garlic, lime juice, soy sauce and sesame in pan and blend using a hand blender or place all into a food processor/jug blender. I used a hand blender because my jug blender ended up flicking everything to the sides and not blending. Just make sure the hand blender doesn’t cause a splatter by making sure the blade stays below the ingredients when on.
Tofu noodle stir-fry
Cut the tofu into cubes and slice the white cabbage thinly. Fry the tofu (medium-high heat) on each side until golden and have the noodles on the boil for 5 minutes. Then add the cabbage to the frying pan and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the puree and mix for 1 minute. Finally toss in the noodles for another minute, mixing well and you’re done
Tofu noodle salad
Boil the soba noodles for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the white cabbage thinly and tofu into cubes. Fish the noodles out the pan, leaving the water in to then boil the tofu for 7 minutes. Drain the tofu and plate out everything. Top with the puree. You can either serve the salad slightly warm straight after the tofu has boiled, or it can be eaten cold e.g. store in the fridge and eat later on or the next day for lunch. Take a little of the puree with each bite
Pan seared tofu
Slice the tofu into steak-like slices and coat one side with the puree and place onto a medium high heat non-stick frying pan. Put the rest of the puree onto the topside of the tofu as its cooks*. It takes a while for the water from the puree to steam off a little before it gets crispy-like. Carefully, flip the tofu over after 7 minutes and cook for a further 7 minutes on this side. You can cook the tofu for as long as you want or is needed. During the frying, slice the white cabbage very finely and boil the soba noodles for 5 minutes. Drain and let the soba noodles cool. Put everything on the plate, being especially careful with the tofu
* The puree doesn’t hold too well to the tofu so it was a little tricky to fry the tofu. I was considering not posting this recipe but the tastiness was well worth being carefully/messy for!