Operation Eat Everything in Stock is in full gear.
Two weeks from Monday, our movers will be here and I’d like to waste nothing. I’m not sure that’s possible, but as far as the freezer goes, I have a list of all that remains and I’m making my way through it…all of it, let’s hope.
One very random ingredient that was over-stocked in my freezer was shelled edamame (i.e. soybeans). I would have never, ever, guessed that I had SIX partially used bags of edamame. Oops. It’s not called hoarding if you’re just too lazy to hunt through your freezer when you’re making out your grocery list, right? I’m gunna go with that…
When I was assigned this recipe for the “Noodle” themed recipe swap, I had two thoughts.
First, I recognized that I had every ingredient on hand. This was a serious bonus given the imminent move. Second, I doubted that this recipe had enough “oomph” (shall we call that flavor?) to win me over.
Soy sauce, broth, and red pepper flakes….it certainly doesn’t get more simple than that.
I should have never doubted Mary Ellen’s pick for the recipe swap. I mean, if it was memorable enough for her to hand-pick to share with others, of course it was good! So, I’ll save you any questions. Rest assured, this is delicious.
I added in the edamame because, well, I had 6 partial bags to use…and I thought they would add nice color and texture. Which it did.
I also added tofu because in the process of making this recipe I realized that I rarely make an “entree and side” for dinner, but rather, enjoy an all-in-one type of meal. I didn’t realize this about myself and my cooking but after quick reflection, I would say most all of my dinner recipes are complete meals. Thanks for a winner, Mary Ellen! 🙂
Spicy Sesame-Soy Rice Noodles with Tofu and Edamame slightly adapted from Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations
1 package extra firm tofu, cut into cubes
8 oz dry Pad Thai rice noodles
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjusted for heat preference – I used closer to 1 tsp!)
1 1/2 cups shelled, frozen edamame
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and mist with olive oil. Arrange tofu on baking sheet, misting with olive oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to boil. Add the rice noodles and cook for 6-8 minutes, until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
Heat the olive and sesame oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic; saute 1-2 minutes Add the noodles and toss for just a few seconds.
Add the soy sauce, broth, and red pepper flakes and toss. Stir in the tofu, edamame, and cilantro. Serve hot with additional cilantro, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 443 calories; 13.3 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 632 mg. sodium; 56 g. carbohydrate; 7 g. fiber; 21.8 g. protein
Result: I added the tofu and edamame, and therefore upped the sauce ingredients a bit (changes made in recipe above). I also used closer to 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes as we love the heat. This meal was quick and easy to throw together, and you certainly sub in any protein of your choice. I like the idea of rice noodles to keep this meal gluten-free, and the soy offers up nearly 22 grams of vegetarian protein which is pretty impressive…and delicious! Mr. Prevention-approved…he really enjoyed this meal (and no whines about the tofu, either!)![/print_this]
Yesterday was my last day of teaching…bittersweet! Unfortunately, I won’t be “done” until I finish grading a stack of assignments. I will DEFINITELY not miss grading…ugh.
Four day work weeks move at a pace I could get used to! Not sure what’s on the weekend agenda other than a couples massage on Saturday, but I’m looking forward to that!
Where do you get your shelled edamame? It seems so expensive at my regular grocery stores and the TJ’s near me doesn’t carry the shelled stuff anymore! 🙁
I love your additions of edamame and tofu!
I also do the same thing with bags of veggies in the freezer… I definitely agree with your reasoning – too lazy to check the freezer when making that shopping list!
This looks so good! I just printed it out 🙂
Such beautiful photography! Good luck with emptying the freezer!
This sounds delish! And the edamame definitely added nice color!!
This looks so delicious! This is the kind of dish that I would completely devour!
I am like that with bags of french fries – last time I checked I had five different kinds opened at once! Looks delicious – now that I can find edamame, I’ll have to put this on the list of things to make. Happy Friday!
I love simple recipes like this. Sesame oil can add such a bang of flavor. This looks great!
A noodle themed exchange sounds right up my alley.
Wow, at first glance I thought this would be more complicated than it is. It looks incredibly delicious, and I love how simple it is. Gotta try this out on my hubby 😀
Ok…A-MAZING! Absolutely Amazing! And from Christina’s comment , I told you your photo’s are insanely perfect. lol I thought they were pulled form a cookbook at first. See you at the picnic
Thank you, dear 🙂 Very excited to see you at the picnic!!
I have every ingredient except the noodles on hand (but I do have regular noodles!)… love when that happens. Enjoy your massage this weekend!
This looks so good. I always have an abundance of edamame in my freezer too.
This sounds so good. I love the additions you made. Definitely putting it on the list.
Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps!
This looks great. I like to use dark soy sauce to fry noodles. The color would be darker and sweeter. Well, maybe add some bean sprouts would be nice too. 🙂
Looking Fantastic..perfect dish for have. !!
Made this recipe this week, and it was a great veggie option. Even the tofu skeptical husband gave it the thumbs up. Thanks!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Hubby, too!