Soba Noodles In Almond Sauce

One of my favorite activity is browse recipes , cooking videos since I like to try new ingredients, new ways or healthy ways to cook. I saw recipe of Thai peanut sauce and not finding now but I made using almond butter. It’s a 1 pot simple meal but yummy and good to take to work for lunch. Here’s how I made:

  • Heat olive oil and sauté chopped garlic, add little ginger too.
  • Add chopped onion, veggies you like. I added lots of them like chopped carrot ,colored pepper, zucchini, bok choy. Season with salt and crushed black pepper.
  • Add vegetable stock and then spoonful of almond butter. Let it boil.
  • Add some protein. I added tofu but you can add some chickpeas or any beans you like.
  • Add soba noodles, cover and cook.
  • If you like soupy then add more stock .
  • Once done, add some crushed chili pepper and lemon or lime juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro. You can also add some almonds or peanuts for crunch.
  • I love that it only needs 1 pot and to eat also just 1 bowl. And goodness of all veggies.
  • Enjoy!
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Pad Thai

At restaurant, whenever I order pad Thai , I ask for more veggies but it comes with just more tofu and I always find it too sweet and oily. So finally took the matter in my hand. Well actually, accidentally I saw pad Thai recipe on Indian channel and so thought of making it.

It’s more of preparation and actual cooking time is very less

  • Cook or soak pad Thai noodles according to pkg. it takes around 30 mins so don’t wait until meal time.
  • Keep sauce ready in advance too. I made with soya sauce, tamarind paste, vinegar, raw sugar , red chili powder and crushed garlic. Pad Thai is sweet , sour and spicy so adjust the sauce accordingly.
  • Chop veggies like green onion, broccoli bok choy , colored peppers, Julianne carrot. Wash sprouts and keep them ready. Don’t be skimpy with vegetables.
  • Cut tofu in bite size and sauté in oil just like paneer. Season with salt and crushed pepper.
  • Not put your chef hat on .:-) Heat olive oil or sesame oil. Sauté all veggies on high heat for few minutes. Keep them crunchy.
  • Add tofu and half of sauce.
  • Add noodle and add rest of the sauce. You can add some chili garlic sauce.
  • Garnish with green onion and crushed roasted peanuts.
  • Turned out good. It wasn’t like restaurant so don’t compare. I liked that it was less sweet and oily. And I got lots of veggies in it. Good to take left over for lunch.
  • Vegetables are lightly cooked so they retain nutrients which I like.
  • What are you waiting for ? Put ingredients on grocery list and go shopping.
  • Enjoy!

Buckwheat Noodles

One of the thing I enjoy is roaming around international aisles in Asian stores .( Did you say no brainer ? )They will have lot of things that I never had before. On my last trip, I saw buckwheat noodles. I didn’t waste anytime thinking and picked them up. Tried them today and I liked them. Package says its buckwheat with yam and also contains wheat. And yes, seems it’s popular in Japan and called soba noodles there. Soba meaning buckwheat.

I made them with the same chili Garlic and soya sauce I have been using lately . Added  vegetables like carrot, bean sprouts my new favorite, onion, colored peppers , spinach and Tofu. It made a good lunch to take to work. And of course , I told everyone at work  abt new finding so they can try too.

Lunch is packed in glass container. I don’t use plastic if I have to reheat my food in microwave at work.

Enjoy!

Eggplant mango spaghetti

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  • Found recipe here: http://ahaar.blogspot.com/ and made it my way. Check it for detailed recipe. I will just give outline here on how i made it.
  • Seasoned peanut oil with crushed garlic and cooked eggplant with salt.
  • Take cooked spaghetti in a bowl, added whatever vinegar i had, pinch of sugar, chopped onion, cooked eggplant, chopped ripe mango, chopped basil leaves from garden, chopped cilantro leaves. Mix everything well.
  • Now my fun twist was to add crushed red chilli flakes for that extra kick.
  • Taste , adjust salt, vinegar according to your taste.
  • Yum !

Lazy’s meal

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  • There are days when you just want to make something quick without lot of fuss. I think this fits the bill.
  • Who doesn’t like Maggie? Add vegetables like carrot, peas, celery, broccoli , spinach etc.  to make it filling and healthy.
  • Khaman dokla made from gits. This is 1 product i like from gits. Easy to make.
  • I know it’s a weird combination but it was a good fun meal.
  • All vegetables make you full so you won’t end up eating too much of khaman either.
  • Eating healthy is not that difficult or boring. Right?