Somen Noodle Soup

Somen Noodle Soup with Marinated baked tofu and veggies and homemade broth

For the broth
Zest of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2-inch piece ginger, cut into coins
½ of a large red onion, sliced
sprigs of fresh herbs
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced (i left this out)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Bragg’s or soy sauce
1 tbsp. light brown sugar

For the tofu
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. hoisin sauce
2½ tsp. light brown sugar (if it’s dark, use less)
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
1 pound extra firm tofu, blotted dry – drain as much water out with breaking the loaf… (I can teach you how.. just reply) and cut into small cubes

For the soup
6 ounces somen noodles
Vegetable oil
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (again, I didn’t use this)
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 celery stick
5 – 10 Brussels sprouts, cut into four

Make the broth
Put all ingredients except for the soy sauce and brown sugar in a large saucepan.  Pour in 8 cups of water and add a large pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly, then strain out and discard the solids.  Stir in the Bragg’s or soy sauce and brown sugar.  Adjust seasoning as necessary.  Keep warm over low heat.

Make the tofu
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Mix together the marinade in a medium baking dish.   Stir in the tofu, coating well with the marinade.  Allow to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally to make sure the tofu is coated with the marinade.  Place in the oven, uncovered, and allow to bake until all the marinade is absorbed and the tofu is getting a slight crisp to it, about 35 minutes.  Toss the tofu once or twice in the baking process so that all the pieces come into contact with the pan.  Remove tofu from the oven and allow to cool.

Make the soup
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the somen noodles and give a good stir.  Cook the noodles until they are almost done, with just a slight bite, and drain.  Rinse well with cold water, drain, and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add just enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the red onion and sauté until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, jalapeño pepper, and ginger and cook for another two minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the veggies and continue to cook, stirring often, until the green vegetables are crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Place some noodles in the bottom of a deep soup bowl.  Ladle on the broth.  Add tofu and vegetables.

Enjoy… you may garnish with herbs, scallions and slice of jalapeño pepper.

Inspired by another recipe post.

Potato & Broccoli Casserole

Potato & Broccoli Casserole

Preheat Oven to 400. Place potatoes on backing sheet and bake potatoes for 20 minutes..

Meanwhile: Blanch Broccoli – boils salty water and place broccoli in it for a minutes, then drain (keep drained water for the outdoor plants – wait til it cools) place broccoli in a bowl of ice water and keep there until later. – again, use this water for your plants too.

prepare ‘cheese’ sauce or your own handmade sauce..

Oil casserole dish… and salt the sides and bottom of dish. First layer are potatoes and then broccoli and then the herbs (you can also you chard or kale too).. poor ‘cheese’ sauce over everything and make sure that the sauce penetrates all.. soaks down to the bottom.. don’t cover

Place in oven and cook for 50 minutes.. let 10 minutes of cool time.

Vegan Jalapeno Popper! Wow, totally the BEST – and HEALTHY!

Here is Lunch Box Bunch recipe..

Party Jalapeno Poppers
vegan, makes 10 poppers

5 large jalapeno peppers, de-seeded and halved

cheese mixture:
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
1/4 cup vegan cheddar cheese shreds

Flour Mixture:
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
dash of chipotle powder – i didn’t use this in mine….
pinch of salt and pepper

Panko Bread Crumbs

small flat bowl of soy milk (about 1/4 cup)

1+ cups grape seed oil (you can also use canola or olive oil) – i usewd olive oil!

Directions:

1. Prep your jalapenos by halving them and carefully removing the seeds. Set aside.

2. Get your “breading” station set up. You will have a bowl for each of these: cheese mixture (fold the shreds into the cream cheese), flour mixture, panko crumbs, soy milk.

3. Start prepping your jalapenos. Here is the method: stuff with cheese, roll in milk, roll in flour, back in milk, roll in panko crumbs, set aside. Pressing the panko crumbs into the wet cheese layer really helps. Continue this process until all the jalapenos are stuffed and breaded.

4. Pour your oil into a large pot over med-high heat. Test the oil for heat-readiness by dropping one panko crumb into the oil – if it sizzles, the oil is hot enough. If you can get by with cooking all your poppers with 1 cup of oil, great. But if you want a more saturated “fry” you may need to add more.

5. Pan-fry eat jalapeno popper for about 90 seconds on each side. Flip with care.

6. Transfer poppers to a paper towels to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Vegetable and Tofu Breakfast Scramble Recipe

Vegetable and Tofu Breakfast Scramble

Vegan, Organic and Local

Ingredients:

- Tofu, crumbled

- Zucchini – bite sized

- Carrots – bite sized

- Baby Portabello mushrooms – Bite sized

- Broccoli – bite sized

- 3 cloves of garlic – roughly chopped

- cooking oil – olive oil

- tamarack seasoning (for yellow ‘egg’ color)

- salt and pepper to taste

- Vegetable Sourdough bread – Old Town Baking Co. www.oldtownbakingco.com

Directions:

Crumble tofu in a bowl and add tamarack, salt & pepper.  Heat oil on medium heat in a pan that can be covered. Once oil is hot flatted tofu lightly on the bottom of skillet.

Add mixed vegetables and garlic. just on top and cover. Cook like that for 15 minutes, then uncover mixed well and cover again until veggies are just right. Just a bit crispy.

Enjoy!

get all of our organic fruits, vegetables and bread from our local Farmers Market – Downtown Riverside on Saturdays 9-1 by the Mission Inn….

I recommend all organic eating and local buying and as less corporate buying as possible.

Thank you,

Krista

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