Left over from Chinese restaurant makes another good meal. This restaurant I went to has huge portion and I tend to finish all vegetables from dish. Left over noodles I brought home.
- Sauté fresh veggies like zucchini , colored peppers , carrot, snow peas, tofu whatever you have and you like.
- Add left over veggies and another good Chinese meal in no time.
- I had added some of the chili oil, hot sauce from restaurant in left over so no need to look for sauces either .
- Do you know how to eat with chopsticks? If not , learn it. It’s fun and learning new things is good for brain at any age.
- When I was going to China , I learned it and i was so thankful because very first night we went out to eat in Beijing they had only chopsticks.
Got this idea from One of the Chinese restaurant I like. They have more vegetables than noodles and all vegetables have a nice crunch to it. Also lot of different kind of vegetables. I tried to recreate it and it came out very well.
Use 3/4th veggies and 1/4 portion noodles. I added zucchini, carrots , Broccoli ,Tofu, Mushroom, red onion, green onion. Snow peas , water chestnuts, baby corns will be good addition.
I buy Raw peanuts and roast them in oven for 15-20 mins. It will add a nice crunch and taste so much better and fresh. I am not giving any recipe because I just add what I have. I am not too picky.
Serve with a slice of orange. When you use good , fresh, quality ingredients , everything taste good .
Try it out . No need to eat same food everyday and no need to feed same food every day. Meal times should be fun for everyone.
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.
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.
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.