A few weeks ago, I was pampered by a Culinista from The Dish’s Dish and since that food-filled week, not a day has gone by that I haven’t had a craving for Kate’s Sesame Soba Noodles with Spinach and Tofu. I know what you’re thinking…Usually a comfort food kinda girl, I too was surprised that this healthy, delicious lunch would leave me wishing I could afford to have Kate cook for me every week! I adapted a recipe so you can indulge during those weeks when you have to brown bag it. (Don’t worry; your secret is safe with me.)
Tofu & Soba Noodles with Lemon Ginger Dressing
For the dressing:
1 lemon zested
1 inch section of ginger peeled and grated
1 tblsp honey
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tblsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tlbsp grape zeed oil (or olive oil)
1 tbps sesame oil
3/4 bag of spinach (or however much you like)
12 ounces extra-firm tofu
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
12 ounces dried whole wheat soba noodles
1 tblsp grape seed oil (or olive oil)
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing except for the oil. You can do this in a blender or by hand. Slowly drizzle in the oils while whisking or blending until everything is combined.
Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the soba noodles until tender. Drain.
Drain the tofu while the noodles cook, pat until very dry and cut into 1 inch cubes. Heat a nonstick (very important!) frying pan over medium high and add cooking oil. Cook the tofu in a single layer until firm and golden brown on all sides. Remove tofu and put in a large bowl.
In the same pan as the tofu, add a tblsp. of oil and wilt the spinach until cooked through. Add to bowl with the tofu.
Add the soba noddles with 2/3 cups of the dressing and the sesame seeds to the tofu and spinach and toss all together. *Makes 4 servings and is easily reheated in the microwave.
*Adapted many times over from Heidi Swanson, Culture & Cuisine Magazine & Pomelo Restaurant
2 thoughts on “Brown Bag Lunch”
great job missy. love it! working on putting this one together with wifey. cheers.
Sounds scrumptuous!!!!!!! and healthy!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to try it!!!!! My husband is beginning to think I am a “real” chef after serving him a lot of your recipes.