Ever Since I found out my beloved Ma Po Tofu at PF Changs contains more than a full day’s worth of sodium (3450 mg) I’ve been getting creative coming up with quick Asian lunch ideas.
I cook an extra serving or two of spaghetti at dinner time and store it in the fridge for later. That’s the first timesaver. With a few spare minutes in the kitchen I whip up an easy sesame sauce that is delicious over noodles, or just for dipping steamed broccoli. In about 2 micro- minutes I braise up some tofu to add some protein to my lunch. Toss in some steamed veggies and I’ve got a delicious, nutritious meal for lunch or dinner.
Quick Asian Noodle Sauce
Recipe courtesy Jenna Webber (www.eatliverun.com)
½ cup Tahini
¼ cup Canola oil
½ cup Hot water, as needed
¼ cup Sugar
¼ cup Rice wine vinegar
½ cup Tamari
½ tsp. Red pepper flakes
2 tsp. Ginger, fresh
1 tsp. Minced garlic
Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Refrigerate in airtight container.
Ginger-Soy Braised Tofu
7 ounces firm tofu, drained and crumbled
2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari sauce
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
Splash rice vinegar
½ teaspoon chile-garlic sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil
Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with a vented lid and microwave at 70% power for 2 minutes. Stir and taste for seasoning. Crumble over noodles and sauce with steamed vegetables as desired.