This sounds very complicated, I know, but indeed it actually is super super easy. And don‘t be fooled, easy does not mean boring. Because this is everything else than boring. We have got crispy, stir-fried veggies and tofu combined with saucy, peanuty noodles and topped with a decent amount of fresh herbs. The combo? Insane! The time needed? Insanely little!
When I asked you all on instagram which dishes you would like to see more of, there were soso many that said „quick meals“. And really, I get you! Some days we just cannot stand spending large amounts of time in the kitchen preparing dinner and still want to have something healthy. And this can be a challenge. So recipes like these are perfect for when you want something quick and yet healthy and delicious!
What is special about this dish?
Well, it is super super quick. All we need to do is fry the veggies and tofu, cook the noodles and combine everything with the sauce! It comes together in something like 10-15 minutes, really!
And then also, it is not very traditional. You could say it is pad-thai inspired, just way simpler, with fewer ingredients and a bit healthy. Maybe something like a mix between a pad-thai and a wok. So basically, with this we are inventing an easy and healthy dish.
Is this dish healthy?
Yup Yup, it is. How come so? It is packed with all the nutrients we need to stay happy, healthy and full. The large amount if different veggies that we are using add a whole bunch of fibre and vitamins to the dish. The fibre helps our digestion and the vitamins our immune system and organs. Then we also have the tofu, which is another great source of fibre and also of protein, to help us strengthen and repair muscles.
Now what’s left are the noodles and the sauce. So as for the noodles, they are our source of carbohydrates, which we need for our energy. And the sauce, which is made up from peanut butter, honey (or maple), soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice, is a great way to sneak in some healthy fats and more protein (from the nuts and oil). Yes, the soy sauce makes it contain a lot of salt too, so if you want less of that, you could just go for sodium-reduced soy sauce.
How to make this dish?
As the name implicates, this is easy peasy. So, what we need to do is chop the veggies, here you can really use whatever you want. I personally love asparagus, edamame (you don‘t have to chop this), bell peppers, spring onions, or broccoli and carrot, but really, just use whatever’s left in your fridge. That‘s what makes this so easy and versatile.
Then we also need to finely chop some ginger and cube some tofu and them throw everything into a pan with hot oil. This then is stir fried for 2-3 minutes until crispy. Then we turn it down to medium heat and cook the noodles. Depending on what you package instructions say, the cooking time may vary, but should probably be around 5 minutes. While they are cooking, we can mix everything for the peanut sauce. Then, once drained, we add the noodles to the pan, take it off the heat and mix it all with the sauce. Voilà, that‘s it! Now we just need to garnish it with the mint and cilantro and a lime wedge and our meal is finished!!
Perfect for meal prep!
How come? Shouldn’t it be served warm? Definitely! Surprisingly though, it also tastes incredibly delicious when being served cold! The sauce gives it kind of a salad-vibe, so it tastes at least as tasty when it is cold. You could just add it to a tupperware and enjoy it cold.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite quick and lazy meals! Perfect for busy work days or evenings when you are just tired and don’t feel like cooking! It is just perfect!
The Best Ever 15 Minute Veggie & Tofu Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry
Easy, delicious and healthy. These stir-fry noodles not only are easy to make but also taste so incredibly delicious and addicting. Soft noodles tossed in a tangy and salty sauce along with fresh veggies and perfect tofu. Really, there is no reason you would not want to have this.
What you will need
- 400 g glas noodles (rice noodles)
- 400 g firm tofu
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 2cm piece of ginger
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 200 g edamame beans
- 200 g mushrooms
- 2 bok choy
- 2 spring onions
- 1 bell pepper
For the sauce:
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp honey/ maple
- fresh cilantro & lime for serving
Cut the tofu into 1cm sized chunks. Peel and finely mince the ginger. Heat up the oil and fry the ginger for 1 minute before adding the tofu and frying this for 2-3 Minutes on each side until crispy. Then add 2 tbsp of soy sauce.
In the meantime prepare the noodles according to package instructions and undercook them for a minute. Peal (if necessary) and cut all veggies into bite-sized pieces and add to the tofu. turn onto medium heat.
In the meantime combine everything for the sauce.
Once the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the veggies along with the peanut sauce. Give it a good mix and serve with fresh cilantro & lime wedges!
I genuinely hope that you‘ll enjoy this and make it on repeat!
Katie// Une Petite Cuisinière