Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vegetable Love: Valentine's Tofu and Noodles


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Yum! I am just under the wire with this post, which is my contribution to the Vegetable Love phenomenon that is sweeping the vegan nation. I was very busy this evening, you see, watching Project Runway Canada with my whole neighbourhood. So I didn't get to post this any earlier because I was watching Iman woodenly deliver horrible dialogue to a variety of crazy Canadian fashion types. Totally worth it.

Nothing says loooooove to me like tofu and noodles, it is supreme comfort food. So, happy Vegany Valentine's Day everyone! And while we're getting all lovey, don't you think "sugar snap pea" is a pretty good nauseating pet name for your loved one? 

Valentine's Tofu and Noodles

tofu hearts

Tofu hearts!

1 block of firm tofu
1/2 cup tamari
juice of one lime
2 tbsp of sesame oil
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 clove of garlic
tsp of hot chili sauce (or more if you're feelin' hot! Hot! Hot!)

You can be all sassy like me and cut your tofu into hearts. Then you marinate those hearts in a mixture of the rest of those ingredients.

I just spooned some marinade over each tofu heart and kept about half of it for the noodle sauce.
After twenty minutes (or longer if you're blessed with patience) fry the hearts over high heat. Set aside until your noodles are done.

Noodles!

Bits of tofu that were left over when you cut out the hearts! (probably about 1/2 a block)
A pot full of somen noodles (I used three of the little bundles)
One cup of sugar snap peas
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 green onions, chopped into little round pieces
1/2 cup toasted peanuts, chopped
3/4 cup low fat coconut milk
reserved marinade from the tofu hearts

Fry the tofu pieces over high heat until they are dark and tasty.

Cook your noodles, drain them, and let them cool a bit.

Mix the coconut milk with the remaining marinade, and dump over noodles, toss to coat.

Add tofu and snap peas, toss again.

Top with chopped cilantro, onions, and peanuts. Eat your heart out. (Snort!)

To be shared with a loved one, right Shy Dog?

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xoxoxJ.



14 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

Tofu hearts! How wonderful. And the recipe sounds sooo good. But the best part of the whole post is that adorable pooch's face.

T said...

Too precious! What a great idea!

lazysmurf said...

that looks really good, and your dog is super cute!

The Vegan Vagabond said...

cute tofu!

Anardana said...

Hello fellow Ottawa veg!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Gorgeous idea! It looks very tasty.
Good luck.
:)

Jo Stockton said...

Thanks for the encouragement (and Canadian salutations!) everyone! Happy Valentine's Day.

xoJ.

Ruth said...

Sounds delicious--and looks adorable.

SusanV said...

First of all, I LOVE the name of your blog. Second, for some reason it has never occurred to me to cut tofu into hearts. Brilliant! Thanks so much for adding to the phenomenon that is Vegetable Love.

Jo Stockton said...

Thanks Susan!

The name came from a time when I invited a coworker and her husband over for dinner. He's a big meat eater and Bob Dylan fan, so when I sent the invite I wrote a parody of the song telling him what I wouldn't be cooking!

J.

HayMarket8 said...

Too cute!

sageg said...

thanks for the recipe. I actually woke up dreaming of lightly marinaded tofu hearts. I found your blog through a few links. Also cool that you are Canadian, although Toronto is more the land of veganful (I'm in Montreal).

Pearl said...

that's so romantic and I like the doggie gaze.

Lauren said...

Lovely pics! Do you mind if I use a portion of the one with the skillet as my blog headder?