Soba Noodles with Miso-glazed Tofu and Vegetables

I have found my new love: soba noodles! Have you ever had them? I don’t know what’s so special about them, but they sure were yummy! We all liked this recipe, except I sure would have liked to have more tofu with mine! The next time I make it, I will double the tofu. I like to have a little tofu with every bite! Also, since Toby is so weird about his asparagus (he liked his cooked so it’s VERY soft), we decided the asparagus wasn’t needed in this dish, and maybe a gourmet variety of mushrooms would be a good substitute.

rating: 9

Soba Noodles with Miso-glazed Tofu and Vegetables
(Cooking Light, May 2013)

serves 4
time needed: 22 min.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons white miso
1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
4 ounces uncooked organic soba noodles
1 (14-ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained
6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Directions:

1. Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil and next 7 ingredients (through sesame oil) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse. Combine noodles and 1/4 cup miso mixture in a bowl; toss to coat.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Cut tofu crosswise into 4 (1-inch-thick) slices. Add tofu to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Add 1 tablespoon miso mixture to pan; toss to coat. Remove tofu from pan; keep warm. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and asparagus to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add remaining 2 tablespoons miso mixture to pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions. Arrange 1/2 cup noodle mixture in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 1/2 cup vege­table mixture and 1 tofu steak.

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