Nutty Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu
March 19, 2009, 11:28 pm
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In yet another attempt to get my almost three year old to love tofu, tonight I tried to combine a bunch of his favorite ingredients ie; noodles, nut butter of any kind, and broccoli, and get him to also enjoy the tofu.  D.Jones and I love tofu and I add it to many dishes, but so far, we can’t convince the boy.

Here’s what I came up with, adapted from the recipe ginger sesame noodles with broccoli out of Robin Robertson’s Quick-Fix Vegetarian cookbook.

2 T almond butter

1 T light brown sugar

3 T mirin

small handful red pepper flakes

1/4 c. tamari

2 T water

16 oz linguine noodles

8 – 10 oz small broccoli florets

2 T toasted sesame oil

4 T olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, put through a garlic press

1 pkg extra firm tofu

Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

First lightly press tofu with paper towels to remove excess liquid.  Slice tofu into cubes or small “planks” for frying.  Add olive oil to medium frying pan to coat bottom with approximately 1/4″ of oil.  Heat over medium heat until oil is hot and add tofu squares.  Fry until browned, turn with fork and brown on other side.  Remove to cool and drain on paper towels.

Heat pasta water to boil in large pot.  In small bowl, combine almond butter, brown sugar, mirin, red pepper flakes, tamari and water.  Whisk with fork until well blended, then set aside.

Once water is boiling, add linguine noodles.  Cook until almost al dente.  Add broccoli florets to water until noodles are cooked to al dente.    Broccoli should be barely cooked-tender.  Drain noodles and broccoli in colander, rinse with cold water, and toss with sesame oil.  Set aside.

Heat large skillet, barely coating bottom of pan with olive oil.  Add garlic and saute over medium heat for a minute or two.  Add noodles, broccoli, fried tofu and sauce.  Toss to combine.  Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.


The result?  Absolutely delicious, and quite kid-friendly since Cooper devoured a pretty large helping of it.  But he picked out the tofu.  Ah well…maybe next time.


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I’m going to try this recipe. Syna loves nut butter, broccoli and noodles – this looks perfect.

maybe you could try substituting soft tofu for ricotta in most recipes. i really like spinach tofu manicotti.

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