Mamaetmamen nominated me for this recipe trade off, but unfortunately I can’t figure out how to insert a link to her insightful, real and recipe-filled blog.

This is a versatile dish that is flavorful and satisfying. I love using brown rice noodles for added health, but they’re difficult to find. Whole Foods carries the brand that I use here. You don’t have to use tofu; chicken would also work well.

I adapted the recipe for the sauce from :

The Pioneer Woman


For the sauce:
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari (can be gluten-free)
2 T rice vinegar
3 T sesame oil
4 cloves crushed and chopped garlic
Red chili oil OR red chili flakes to your taste (I use about 2 teaspoons)
2 T sugar (you could use liquid agave)
2 T canola oil
4 scallions, chopped

For the protein:

1 package of extra-firm tofu (like Wildwood form Whole Foods or high-protein vacuum-packed from Trader Joes)
OR 2 chicken breasts

For the noodles:

1 package (4 servings) of wide brown ride noodles, white rice noodles, or buckwheat Soba noodles

For the vegetables:

Chopped carrots, broccoli, spinach, and/or mushrooms in any combination


Chop tofu into small cubes and sauté in canola oil until crispy (I also used a splash of sesame oil). Alternatively, sauté chicken in pieces until cooked through.



Chop garlic, carrots and any other vegetables you are using, except for spinach. Sauté in a tiny bit of canola oil, and throw in any leafy greens you are using towards the end. Sauté until greens are limp but do not overcook.



Put a pot of about four quarts of water on to boil, salting the water and covering the pot. When it comes to a rolling boil, add the noodles and cook uncovered according to directions (the brown rice noodles I use cook for only four minutes).


Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, adding scallions at the end. You can vary the ingredients as you like (less oil, more scallions, more or less salty).


As soon as the noodles are drained put a little sauce in the pot, add the noodles and stir, then add the rest of the sauce and keep stirring. Add the tofu or chicken and all of the veggies.


Serve hot with chop sticks or a fork. You can squeeze some lime over your bowl or add more spice.