It’s a little ironic to be posting a tofu dish after I spent most of yesterday committed to helping make the best beef bourguignon for the bi-monthly medical staff meeting.
My day started with a trip to perhaps the worst Walmart on the face of the earth. No, really. It’s the worst. The smell when you walk in the front doors is reminiscent of college bar’s…bathrooms. They don’t carry basic ingredients (not a pearl onion – fresh, frozen, or canned in the entire store?!). The employees act completely bothered if you ask a question. And lord FORBID there be more than one check out lane open. I mean, it is only 10 people deep.
Then it’s my turn and I’m the lovely customer with a company tax exempt card that requires authorization.
I then had to add on the complication of purchasing wine which is a no-go with a tax exempt card. So my one order turned into 2 and consequently two trips for the manager to walk at a snail’s pace the entire distance of the store for approval.
I survived Walmart, with only a raging attitude. I mean, this was no way to start a Monday. I dropped off the groceries at the hospital before going to another grocery store where they sold cognac and hopefully, pearl onions.
I get a text to get another bottle of wine because “one kissed the floor”. Oops.
I get my cognac, another bottle of wine, and my pearl onions. Six pounds of pearl onions. I go to check out and inform the checker that this order is for the hospital on account #blahblahblah. She looks at the booze. Cards me. Then gives me a I-so-don’t-believe-this-booze-is-for-“the-hospital” look. Nothing like some judgement on a Monday morning.
I arrived to work sweating. #wintercoatnotneeded
Around 3pm began prep for the beef bourguignon. Fresh thyme, the most gorgeous cremini mushrooms ever, and all that wine & booze. The smell was intoxicating and people kept coming in the kitchen searching for the source of the scent wafting through the halls. I left for my boot camp class just as the girls were throwing the cognac in the skillet and ready to light it on fire. I suggested a safer approach — a simmer…I like my job.
I returned in 45 minutes and tried a sample. Wow. First time having beef bourguignon, but it won’t be my last. It was absolutely phenomenal. But, a lot of work.
Much unlike this recipe. So simple. So good. So many of my most favorite flavors.
Noodles with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette and Tofu adapted from Lemons & Anchovies
1 package extra-firm tofu, cubed
olive oil cooking spray
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb dry whole wheat spaghetti
Juice of 1 lime and zest of half
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp sambal oelek chili paste
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
2-3 stalks scallions, chopped
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Arrange tofu cubes on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Mist tofu with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 20-3o minutes, stirring half way through.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare pasta according to package directions.
Prepare the vinaigrette by combining whisking together all the ingredients above from the lime to the ginger.
Toss the pasta, vinaigrette, and baked tofu together to combine. Garnish with chopped scallions before serving.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Information (per serving): 470 calories; 21.0 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 600 mg. sodium; 53.5 g. carbohydrate; 8.3 g. fiber; 19.3 g. protein; 9.0 g. sugar
Result: I just LOVE meals like these…and I know I have many that are similar. There should never be a shortage of quick, go-to Asian noodle recipes! This had a great balance of sweet, salty, and tart. The sauce was incredible easy to make and no cooking involved. You could even throw this sauce over leftover pasta…or rice for that matter. Swap in your protein of choice. I think shrimp or chicken would be great, but beef and pork are options, too. I opted for tofu as it took on the flavors of the sauce when tossed together. Enjoy![/print_this]
Busy day, hockey tonight! Stayed up too late watching The Bachelor. I won’t post spoilers…the last time I did that I got hate mail from my sister-in-law 😉