Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu

This recipe for spicy peanut butter noodles with steamed vegetables and smoked tofu is quite a feast and one the whole family will enjoy. Just be careful about the amount of chilli added for those who are sensitive to it. It’s a very quick meal to put together, although a bit of juggling is needed to get everything ready at the same time.

Organic September

Organic September is the Soil Association’s annual campaign to raise awareness of what organic means and to encourage people to switch one regular item on their shopping list to organic. I like to highlight organic food in September just to show a bit of extra support, but I try to buy and eat as much organic food as I can all year around. Organic food and farming is so important for our environment, wildlife and the health of our soils. It also has particularly high animal welfare standards. I feel passionately about this and have supported the Soil Association for more years than I care to remember.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu

It’s true organic produce can often be more expensive than non-organic. Despite my limited budget however, I’m prepared to make an effort when it comes to organic food. Not everything I buy is organic by any means, but I try to at least keep staples such as milk, butter, oil, flour, grains, pulses and vegetables Soil Association certified. Every little helps.

Everything but the lime in this spicy peanut butter noodles with steamed vegetables and smoked tofu is organic. Sadly, I can’t find organic limes anywhere. The limes are unwaxed though.

Suma Wholefoods

Suma sell a vast range of organic produce and much of it is their own brand. They’re a workers’ cooperative selling wholefoods to independent shops. It’s likely that many of the products you buy in health food shops will have come from Suma. My order this month included Suma’s own organic crunchy peanut butter, organic soba noodles, organic tamari, organic black peppercorns and organic smoked tofu. All of which I needed for my spicy peanut butter noodles.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles Suma Order

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu

The lime transformed this South-East Asian inspired dish from really good to outstanding. It gives a tangy and fragrant quality to the sauce that lifts it by several degrees. Herbs are always good too. Chopped coriander leaves would have been an excellent addition to this dish, but I didn’t have any, so I used parsley instead. Parsley is a super versatile herb and it makes a good substitute for coriander.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu

This is one of those recipes which is really quite versatile. Use whatever vegetables you like or are in need of using up. If you prefer them stir fried rather than steamed, go ahead. If you’re really stuck for time or energy, the spicy peanut butter noodles are good to go all by themselves and will take less than ten minutes to prepare. Just add a few green herbs to make yourself feel virtuous.

You may have spotted that we like a bit of chilli in our household, but just reduce the amount used if you’re not so keen. The crunchy peanut butter was good for a bit of extra texture, but you can always use smooth peanut butter if you prefer. The smoked tofu was absolutely delicious. It has plenty of flavour so no need to marinade it first. It also becomes wonderfully crispy when fried.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodle Soup

Spicy peanut butter noodles is a fabulous vegan and gluten-free meal. It’s a healthy one too. Our soba noodles were made from wheat as well as buckwheat, but just ensure you use 100% buckwheat noodles if you’re gluten intolerant.

We ate half for dinner one night, then added water and miso for a substantial soupy Japanese style meal the next night.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu – The Recipe

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Steamed Vegetables and Smoked Tofu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
If you're in a hurry, this recipe is for you. It's quick to make, nutritious and delicious. It's also a meal the whole family will enjoy. Just vary the chilli according to taste.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South-East Asia
Keywords: noodles, peanut butter, peanut sauce, quick, smoked tofu, vegan
Servings: 4 people
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • 2 large carrots - scrubbed and julienned into batons rather than matchsticks
  • 300 g thin green beans - topped and cut in half
  • 250 g soba noodles
  • 1 tbsp peanut or sesame oil
  • 225 g smoked tofu - roughly cut into 1.5 cm cubes
  • small bunch of coriander or parsley - chopped
Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce
  • 4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter (I used Suma crunchy peanut butter with added salt (but nothing else)
  • 2 tsp good quality soy sauce I used tamari
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes I used Suma crushed chillies
  • a little freshly ground black pepper I used Suma black peppercorns
  • 175 ml water
  • 1 lime - unwaxed
  • 1 clove garlic - - finely grated ours was homegrown
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger root - finely grated
Instructions
  1. Steam or simmer the carrots and beans in a little water until just al dante - about five minutes.
  2. Fry the smoked tofu in the oil over a medium high heat for about five minutes or until crisp. Toss the cubes a few times whilst cooking so they are pretty much done on all sides.
  3. Cook the noodles as per packet instructions.
Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce
  1. Zest the lime. Juice half of it and cut the remaining half into quarters to serve alongside.
  2. Place all of the spicy peanut butter sauce ingredients into a pan except for the lime juice. Place over a low heat and stir until everything's combined and the sauce is starting to bubble. Add a little more water if the sauce seems too thick.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.
  4. Drain the noodles and place in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the top and toss until the noodles are coated.
  5. Add the vegetables and scatter with the crispy tofu pieces and coriander leaves.
Recipe Notes

For gluten-free, ensure your soba noodles are 100% buckwheat.

The pack of soba noodles I used says serve 100g of soba noodles per person. We find that way to much. If you're very hungry, you might want to use an additional 50g, but this made four substantial portions for us.

A microplane is good for finely grating citrus, ginger and garlic.

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Link-ups

Suma Bloggers NetworkThis spicy peanut butter noodles with steamed vegetables and smoked tofu dish is my fifteenth recipe for the Suma Blogger’s Network

I’m also sending it to #CookBlogShare, hosted this week by Everyday Healthy Recipes, #CookOnceEatTwice with Searching for Spice and Got to be Gluten Free (#G2BGF) with Gluten Free Alchemist.

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Some of the ingredients for this recipe were provided by Suma Wholefoods. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.  Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging. 

Comments

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    Monika Dabrowski
    11th September 2018

    Soba noodles are my favourite type of noodles! I’d love to get an invite to join you for lunch today! Shared everywhere. #CookBlogShare

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      Choclette
      11th September 2018

      Would love to have you over for lunch Monika. We don’t eat noodles very often, but when we do it’s usually soba noodles.

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      Choclette
      12th September 2018

      I’m still wondering why it’s taken me so long to discover smoked tofu

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    Corina Blum
    12th September 2018

    I love peanut sauces too and this dish sounds exactly like the kind of meal I’d love. I’d really like to try the smoked tofu as well. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

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      Choclette
      12th September 2018

      I suspect we have fairly similar tastes Corina, so I reckon you’ll like that smoked tofu.

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      Choclette
      12th September 2018

      Thanks Cat. The sauce is just gorgeous. But the whole thing takes such a short time to put together, it’s worth adding in the veg too.

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    12th September 2018

    OOh I think I saw organic limes the other day! It might have been in our Morrisons – I remember thinking it odd that they had 2 different types of limes. My gang adore noodle dishes – they are happily getting less sensitive to spice too!

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      Choclette
      12th September 2018

      Now that is interesting. We used to have a Morrisons back in Cornwall, but nothing here. Sounds like this might just be the thing for your lot then Helen 🙂

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    Mandy
    12th September 2018

    Can I come for lunch too??? Love noodles, tofu and peanut butter so this would be perfect for me.

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      Choclette
      13th September 2018

      Ooh yes, would be lovely to have you over for lunch. The more the merrier.

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      Choclette
      13th September 2018

      Thanks Jac, was scrumptious. How could anyone think vegan food is boring?

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    Janice
    13th September 2018

    What a great idea using peanut butter, it adds such an amazing flavour and packed with protein too.

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      Choclette
      15th September 2018

      If you get a good quality peanut butter, it’s pretty much the same as using peanuts, but without the faff.

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    Lucy
    13th September 2018

    I really love the sound of the spicy peanut butter sauce! This looks really delicious, I think I’ll have to try smoked tofu, not something I’ve had before. Thanks for linking to my Organic Challenge too!

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      Choclette
      15th September 2018

      Give it a try Lucy. I’ve always been a bit take-it-or-leave-it about tofu, but I really like smoked tofu.

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    Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist
    23rd September 2018

    This sounds utterly delicious Choclette. I adore a spicy peanut sauce and I often think Tofu is so underrated. This is the perfect dish for it to shine! Thanks so much for linking with #G2BGF xx

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      Choclette
      23rd September 2018

      Thanks Kate. Peanut butter sauce is one of the best and smoked tofu is a new favourite.

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    shelly Rathore
    3rd October 2018

    wowwww!!!! tofu with noodles.. looks tasty

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