Soba Noodles and Broccoli Slaw with Asian Peanut Sauce

January 24, 2016 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes

Soba Noodles and Slaw in Asian Peanut SauceSometimes you come home from work and you don’t feel like doing a lot of cooking. In fact, you pretty much don’t even want to make a cooking mess because you know you’ll just have to clean it up. This recipe uses only one pot! And, it’s ready to go in about 10 minutes flat. Seriously.  Cook the soba noodles, whisk up the rest of the ingredients, combine with the slaw and you’ve got a nice weekday meal.

Soba Noodles and Broccoli Slaw with Asian Peanut Sauce
 
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Easy-to-make Asian inspired meal can be made in no time flat!
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon chili paste with garlic
  • 1 cup pre-shredded broccoli slaw
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Cook soba noodles per package directions.
  2. Whisk the the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, honey and chili paste together in a bowl.
  3. Drain soba noodles and rinse with cold water, place in large bowl and add broccoli slaw in with noodles.
  4. Stir in whisked sauce and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve warm or chilled.

 

 

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

August 28, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes

I had a little bit of fresh green beans left from my weekly vegetable delivery. I didn’t really have enough for the 3/4 lbs called for in the original recipe. I padded the recipe with some sliced bamboo shoots. I thought they nicely balanced the crispness of the water chestnuts and added a nice earthy flavor.

This low prep dish is great served over rice, soba noodles or rice noodles.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts
Vegetarian Times, July/August 2009

  • 3 tsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 8-oz package tempeh (I used a 3-grain flavor)
  • 3 T low sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 8-oz can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained
  • 1 8-oz can sliced bamboo shoots (I added these to the original recipe.)
  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 T)
  • 2 t dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chile-garlic sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 T crushed dry-roasted peanuts

Heat 1 tsp oil in wok or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and sear 3 minutes on each side.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

Add 1/2 cup water and 4 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce. Cook tempeh 5 minutes more, until all liquid has been absorbed, turning occasionally.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

Transfer to plate, and cool until easy to handle. Crumble tempeh by hand until no large chunks remain.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in wok over high heat. Add green beans; stir-fry 4 minutes or until beginning to brown.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

Add 3 tablespoons water, and simmer beans 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add coconut milk, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots (if using), peanut butter, garlic, brown sugar, chile-garlic sauce, ground cloves, remaining 4 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, and crumbled tempeh; stir-fry 2 minutes.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

Garnish with crushed peanuts.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

Soy-Mirin Tofu Over Rice with Broccoli and Peanut Sauce

April 17, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes, Sauce/Gravy

The peanut sauce in this recipe is really versatile, that’s why I offer several options for vegetables to serve with it. I happened to have leftover Asian vegetable mix, broccoli and carrots so it was easy for me to mix and match. I’m sure there are a hundred million more combination out there.  When you’re faced with a bunch of leftover vegetables, it’s a really good and quick sauce to make. Heck, I may even leave out the tofu and vegetables and serve the sauce just on buckwheat soba noodles. (Thanks for the suggestion In-House Taste Tester!)

Soy-Mirin Tofu Over Rice with Broccoli and Peanut Sauce
Inspired by: VeganYumYum

1 block extra firm tofu, pressed, cut into small squared
1 T canola oil
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp mirin

Peanut Dressing
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp chili paste with garlic
1 pinch salt

Serve with
1 cup dry brown rice, cooked
peanutes, crushed
-and-
1 carrot (peeled and shredded) + steamed broccoli
-or-
asian vegetable mix (carrots, snap peas, water chestnuts, etc.)
-or-
A million other combination of vegetables

Cook brown rice per package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix all the ingredients for the sauce until smooth. Add more tamari/soy sauce or salt if peanut butter is on the “sweet side”.

asian style tofu

asian style tofu

asian style tofu

Begin cooking vegetables as desired (steaming, microwave, stir fry, etc.)

Heat oil over high heat in a non-stick pan. Add tofu and cook until sides are browned.

asian style tofu

asian style tofu

Mix tamari/soy sauce and mirin in a small bowl. Once tofu is cooked, removed from heat and add tamari mixture. Move tofu around to make sure it all gets coated.

asian style tofu

Put rice, vegetables and tofu on a plate.

asian style tofu

Drizzle with peanut sauce and sprinkle with crushed peanuts.

Salmonella Outbreak in Peanut Butter Prompts Voluntary Recalls

January 21, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Article

Earlier this month, Keebler and Kellogg’s voluntarily recalled several of it’s products as they had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Other companies are beginning to follow suit. The list of voluntarily recalled items is growing daily to include health bars, ice creams, crackers and cookies all of which may contain contaminated peanut butter products.

Many vegetarians rely on peanut butter and peanut products to get a little extra protein into their systems.  I unfortunately saw the Luna Bar recall after I ate one of the bars yesterday that was included on their recall list. Therefore, I wanted to lend a hand to help get this information out to the world. I’ve listed a few of the recalls that have come out over the past few days and provided links to the company websites.

Your best source for up-to-date information is the FDA website. The website includes a list of recalled products as well as updates on the investigation into the outbreak.

In the meantime, I’m just checking out what I’m eating and if in doubt I’m going to through it out.

Cliff Bar/Luna/Mojo Bar Recalls

On January 19, 2009, we announced a voluntary recall of 14 U.S and 4 Canadian products including CLIF Bar, CLIF Builder’s, CLIF MOJO, CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR and LUNA Bar, in the U.S. and Canada because the peanut butter in those products was sourced, for a limited period of time, from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is a manufacturer and supplier of peanut butter for many food companies and manufacturers.

Ready Pac Foods Recalls

The products included in the Ready Pac voluntary recall include:

  • Ready Pac Cool Cuts Celery with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 077745-22415-2
  • Trader Joe’s Celery with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0048-5401
  • Trader Joe’s Celery with Peanut Butter 30/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0048-5401
  • Eating Right Apples with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0-79893-70175-2
  • Eating Right Celery with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0-79893-70172-1

Nature’s Path Recall

Recall limited to Optimum Energy Bars in Peanut Butter Flavor; marked BEST BEFORE 01OCT09A, no other Nature’s Path products are involved.

PetSmart Recall

Even products for dogs are being pulled from the shelves…

The recalled products include only the following types of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits sold between Aug. 21, 2008 and Jan. 19, 2009:

  • Small Assorted 32 oz., UPC 73725702900
  • Small/Medium Assorted 4 lb., UPC 73725700601
  • Small/Medium Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700605
  • Small/Medium Assorted 10 lb., UPC 73725702755
  • Large Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700638
  • Extra Large Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700779
  • Peanut Butter 4 lb., UPC 73725700766

As I mentioned above, the FDA is also maintaining a website with up-to-date information and product recall information here.


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