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

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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

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