Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rice Noodle Bowls and Warm Cherry Quinoa

J and I have been testing out a lot of recipes lately - vegan and non-vegan. I came across Eat, Run, Live's recipe for almost-vegan rice noodle bowls with crispy tofu and decided to take a stab at it. We ended up making a bunch of modifications and actually transformed it into a new dish.

Rice Noodle Bowls with Dry-Fried Tofu
Serves 4

1/4 summer yellow squash, cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 head of red cabbage, chopped
1/2 package of rice noodles
1 package of firm tofu, drained/dried
1-2 green onions, sliced thinly
Vegetable stock

3 Tbsp Braggs
1 Tbsp vegan oyster sauce
1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp freshly grated ginger

Boil water, add rice noodles and remove from heat. Allow the noodles to sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse in cold water and set aside.

In a skillet, saute veggies in a little veg stock (or oil if you don't care about the fat content). Add the sauce to the vegetables and cook a little while longer. Don't over cook - the veggies should still be a little crisp.

Chop the tofu into triangles or cubes, whichever you prefer. Heat a DRY skillet on high and add tofu once it's hot. Press on tofu and allow moisture to sizzle out. turn when the tofu is the desired color and repeat on all sides.

Assemble: Put some rice noodles in the bottom of a bowl. Top with veggies, tofu, a little vegetable stock, and green onion.

This afternoon, my stomach was grumbling and we didn't have anything quick to snack on. So I decided to try out a recipe I'd been curious about for a while that's been floating around on Pinterest - warm quinoa with cherries. I like the recipe but don't have the exact ingredients in my kitchen so I played around and here's what I came up with!

Warm Coconut-Citrus Cherry Quinoa
Serves 1

1/2 - 1 cup of cooked mixed quinoa (or whatever kind you have)
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup almond milk
2 Tbsp orange juice

Combine all ingredients; heat in the microwave if you want it hotter. Could eat this as dessert, breakfast, or snack - super yummy, nutritious, and filling!

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