21 April 2007

Lazy Rice Noodle Tofu Stir-Fry

I am posting this to tide you all over (and myself) while I upload my huge backlog of photos to share with you all. For now, here is some more un-baked goodness I've had sitting as a draft for a long while. A simple, quick, standby for a lazy night. I got some baby bok choy at the co-op (now you have reference to when I made this since the co-op's been gone since late Feb) and knew it had to be thrown into a stir-fry. I love how the greens not offer nutrition and color, it also adds a nice combo of textures, both silky smooth from the leafys and that nice little crunch from the stems. And I love how cute and little they are, especially as you peel down...

I can't remember exactly what is in this, but I do advise you to follow the recipe for the sauce on my recipes page, the "Best Spicy Stir-fry" one. Now if you are super-lazy like I was that night, most of your ingrdients should be pre-cut in bags (organic of course) in the freezer. I simply cut the tofu earlier in the day and marinated it in the sauce until I was ready to cook. If you are super lazy, skip the marinated step altogether. Now that the tofu is ready to go, pull out your ingredients. I first start with taking out a pot and boiling the rice noodles. You don't have to start with this since they are so quick, you can actually end with this step, but I like to know they are done and I just let them sit while I'm cooking. Plus, rice noodles are made in a matter of three or four minutes, rather than almost an hour like grain rice, hence the laziness...

Back to the ingredients... In my case, the only necessary chopping/cutting was half an onion, a few cloves of garlic, carrots (you can see I cut them lazy-large) and the baby bok choy. The rest is simple, just pull out whatever you have suitable in the freezer and dump in in a heated wok with olive oil. I like to keep tri-colored bell peppers in the freezer especially for times when organic bells are $6 a pound fresh! I also keep edamame (a great snack) and cashews of course. Dump it all in the wok and heat on high or med-high until everything is nice and browned and steaming hot. Pour it over the noodles and consume.
This looks a lot "blander" and beige than it really is... the spicy sauce really ties it all together, you just can't really see it. There you have it, a lazy stir-fry. I will post more drool-worthy stuff soon, stay tuned.

19 comments:

scottishvegan said...

That stir fry looks pretty drool worthy to me already! I love baby bok choy in stir fries too…I just don’t seem to see it around all that often. Looking forward to even more drool worthy stuff!

laura jesser said...

Anytime you throw cashews into a stir-fry, you improve its yum factor. It doesn't look bland to me either, though I have looked over your spicy sauce recipe before and I know it probably packs in a lot of flavor. I should try your bell pepper trick--those organics are pretty steep around here all the time! (Hence why I almost always just use green...)

Shawn Powers said...

I always struggle coming up with a good sauce for stir fry. I'll have to check out your spicy sauce!

Jody from VegChic said...

I think the colors look great. Spicy = yummy!

Glad to see you back to posting. Believe, me I know what you mean about being sidetracked. I've got lots to post about, but just haven't buckled down to do it.

I'm also super psyched that you are baking again! I thought of you a few weeks back when I made some cookies. I almost packed some up to mail as a surprise.

They wouldn't be nearly as impressive when you can bake your own. On the other hand surprise cookies in the mail is never a bad thing!

Hoping to see you posting more!

aTxVegn said...

Hi, Leslie! I can't believe I missed your previous post. It's good to hear from you and good to know you're still eating well and also enjoying baking! You know everything you create and post I think is awesome.

Johanna3 said...

It doesn't look bland to me , i will love to have some now!

i cant wait to see more drool-worthy stuff soon :)

Urban Vegan said...

she's BAAAAACKKKK! Yay!

Kris said...

2 posts in one week?! I'm holding my chest in shock! :)

I always forget about those rice noodles, I need to pick some up. Funny, a stir fry is a quick thing for you and I hate making them because I obsess over the veggies and the sauce and they end up tasting like bland crap. I need to try a toned down version of your sauce.

bazu said...

I love the look of those noodles! Give me wide fat noodles in any kind of spicy sauce and I'm a happy camper. Now that the weather is (FINALLY) warm, I could go for cold noodles too!

KleoPatra said...

Isn't it funny how sometimes food looks a lot different than it tastes? Spicy is good. This looks really good!! And i snack on roasted edamame like it's goin' on style... good stuff!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

How did you know I had baby boy choy in the fridge as well?? And rice noodles in the freezah??

Carrie™ said...

I also love baby bok choy. It costs more per pound than regular bok choy, but it's worth it I think. Tofu stir-fries are a great meal. We have them alot. Can't wait to see what's up next.

Vincent Guihan said...

These all look great. I especially love the phrase "lazy stir fry". It combines two concepts that are very dear to my heart.

Cherie said...

That looks like a dish I used to get from a Vietnamese place in Indiana that was excellent!

Michelle said...

ya, i'm already drooling! can't wait to see what comes next!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Your stir fry looks & sounds awesome! I must try your spicy sauce...

Briggitte said...

mmm that looks good
i think ill make some of those tommorow

marybeth said...

ah, so glad i found you. i am have been border-line vegan since my 2nd daughter was born...

Now I am pregnant with #3 and this baby rejects (literally) any, I mean any animal product (except goat yogurt). So my little vegan-baby needs some highly charged food...can't wait to get ideas from you.

I also live in AZ, SE Scottsdale and frequent Green quite a bit! Leaving soon, though...going to Washington State. Summers too ling for this mama.

peace
mb
www.misplacedmama.blogsome.com

Donna Powers said...

I just stopped in from Shawn's site and really thought that this recipe sounded good! I think that we might give it a try! Thanks!