Thai Peanut Bowl

Easy Thai Peanut Bowl

This is one of those easy throw-together lunches that might not deserve its own “recipe,” but I’m always looking for quick and easy meal ideas, so I thought I’d share!

I’m on a peanut butter kick this week, and had a brick of tofu in the Tofu XPress in the fridge just waiting to be used, so I stirred up this little Thai bowl. It came together quickly, since I used a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, and tasted fantastic! I didn’t have any peanuts on hand, and my scallions had gone bad – but if I had them, they’d be on top!

Thai Peanut Bowl

Thai Peanut Bowl

Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl

by Shelly

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 oz rice noodles
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (1 bag) frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 1 8-oz can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 tbsp chopped peanuts
  • 2 scallions, sliced

Instructions

Boil water and cook rice noodles per package instructions.

Drain and press tofu, then slice into cubes.

Saute oil, peanut butter, and garlic over medium-high heat for 1 minute.

Add tofu to saute mixture and stir. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add vegetables and water chestnuts. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Stir.

Reduce heat to medium and cook for 12 minutes.

Check for seasoning and adjust to taste.

Serve over rice noodles and top with peanuts and scallions.

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Apples and Miso?

Oh, tofu. I have neglected thee. It’s not you, it’s me. You’re flexible and accommodating. You’re always there when I need you – even if you require some thawing first. (Yes, I freeze some of my tofu). Really, it’s not you. You’re everything that is good and true. It’s me. I’ve been too lazy to give you the time and space you need to shine.

I haven’t had tofu in a few months. Why? Who knows. I like tofu. You can turn it into basically any flavor. I’ve just been lazy, I guess – finding it too much of a PITA to bother with the whole tofu pressing process and the marinating. So when I saw this recipe in Isa’s cookbook, I decided to buy some fresh tofu and just go for it.

Appetite for Reduction has a recipe for Apple Miso tofu that sounded like it might go well with some stir fried veggies and basmati rice.

Apples and miso? Really, Isa? Well, OK… if you say so. You’re the chef. I like apples. I like miso. Let’s rock this!

My version turned out more moist than it was supposed to – the tofu never really browned. But that didn’t stop me from loading up my plate.

Apple Miso Tofu Stir Fry

Apple Miso Tofu Stir Fry

The verdict? It was freakin’ delicious – maybe my favorite tofu dish to date.

I sauteed some stir fry veggies in tamari and threw some basmati brown rice in the rice cooker for the occasion.

Apple Miso Close-Up!

Apple Miso Close-Up!

And that’s even with me cheating and not marinating for very long. (Heh – I say “not very long” but that really means, “hardly at all.” I might have marinated the tofu for, oh, 10 minutes? Isa recommended 1-8 hours).

I’m sorry, tofu. I can still be lazy sometimes. Please forgive me!

Maybe “impatient” is a better word.

At any rate, having apples with dinner is pretty darn cool.