Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kelp Noodles w/ Baked Tofu

Have you ever cooked with kelp noodles? Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable) and water, these babies are fat free, gluten free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. Winning!

Ingredients:
  • 1 12 oz. package of Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles, sold at your local Whole Foods
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 16 oz. block extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • optional:  2 cups baby spinach
Serves 4.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix vinegar, soy sauce, 1 crushed garlic clove, mustard, orange juice, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
  3. Place tofu cubes into soy sauce mixture and coat each piece, then place on oven-proof glass pan. Pour remaining sauce on top.
  4. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn tofu cubes over, and heat for additional 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove tofu from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Meanwhile, place kelp noodles in bowl, and mix well with cilantro, 1 crushed garlic clove, and lemon juice. Cover and allow to marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. To serve, place a serving of marinated noodles over a handful of baby spinach. Top with a few pieces of orange tofu and slices of lemon. Get your chopsticks out and your skinny jeans on! NOM NOM NOM.
On a side note: Matt and I beat Tim in our Fantasy Football League Championship!! I felt bad because I know how much Tim really wanted to win, so I'm bringing him a kelp noodle lunch to work every day this week as a consolation prize. Still winning!!

16 comments:

  1. Looks great! :) I've never tried tofo before!

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  2. Thanks Shannon! It's a fun alternative. Let me know if you try :)

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  3. Yum, that tofu looks sooooo crispy. My hubby was thisclose to winning his fantasy league. So mad he lost, lol, I wanted the cash! ;)

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  4. Thank you!! Crispy tofu with the crunch of kelp noodles is a great combo! Can't believe your hubby was so close!!! I was shocked that I won as I don't know much about football haha -- I got lucky.

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  5. Yum, Looks great, I never heard of kelp noodles, I can't get kelp noodles in my area but I am definitly going to order some off their site!! I love crispy tofu looks like the perfect lunch!! Thanks, for the recipe :)

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  6. Thanks! Yes, the kelp noodles are really versatile; I like using them in asian infused dishes... Let me know how you like them :) :)

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  7. kelp noodles are great! we have some too :D

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  8. the tofu looks so crispy! my husband would love it like that. i've always wanted to try kelp noodles, but never get them. are they chewy like rice noodles?

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  9. Thank you Anneka! The noodles are not chewy like brown noodles,(which I ALSO love), but instead have more of a light crunchy texture. If you like to soften the noodles, you can extend the time they sit with the dressing in the fridge. Glad your husband will like the crispy tofu!! :)

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  10. I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours! Your recipes are stupendous!

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  11. Thank you!! I am so happy to have found your blog as well!!! :)

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  12. This looks like such a delicious bowl! Especially the tofu mm.

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