My first adzuki bean project for the week was a super-hearty noodle dish.

Greens, Tofu, and Adzuki Beans with Soba Noodles
For the tofu:
Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil and a few dashes of soy sauce (or shoyu, or tamari, or whatever) over medium-high heat. Add a package of cubed firm tofu and saute until all sides are golden and crispy. When done, set them aside on a plate.

For the noodles:
Boil water and cook noodles according to package directions. Don't overcook unless you like gummy soba.

For the veg (use the tofu pan!):
A bit more oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch fresh ginger, minced
1 bunch of stemmed, chopped lacinato kale (regular is fine too)
As many chopped mushrooms as you like
2 cups cooked adzuki beans and some bean broth
A few handfuls of fresh chopped spinach, why not?
3 scallions, chopped
Sesame seeds
Rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sri racha to taste

Heat the oil in the pan and add ginger and garlic. Saute quickly and add chopped mushrooms and a bit of water if the pan is too dry. Add chopped kale, and a bit more water and some soy sauce, and braise your delicious greens. When the greens are cooked, add adzuki beans and broth, and cook it all together, adding water whenever the pan is dry. Dash on some sesame oil and sri racha sauce, and add the tofu back in and stir to coat.

Greens, adzuki beans, tofu, udon, I mean soba.
Serve over noodles garnished with scallions and sesame seeds.

Then! You have leftover noodles, and you want something like lo mein, and your co-op had house brand broccoli slaw for half price, so:

Broccoli Noodles
A bit of veg oil
A bit of sesame oil
A minced garlic clove
An inch of minced fresh ginger
A chopped leek
A ten ounce bag of broccoli slaw, or a bunch of peeled and grated brocc stems
A grated carrot
Some leftover noodles
Rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sri racha
A handful of chopped cilantro

Heat the oils and saute garlic and ginger for a minute or two. Add leek and saute until wilted and translucent. Throw in broccoli and carrots, and a few splashes of rice vinegar and soy sauce. Cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, and stir in the noodles to coat and reheat. Add sri racha to taste and a wad of cilantro. Yummmm.

Broccoli Noodles.
I love this because it ends up being mostly broccoli with just a few noodles mixed in.


  1. Melinda said...

    I want. I want.  

  2. Piefinger said...

    These broccoli noodles look so good I am going to find a way to make them for lunch.  

  3. eviedee said...

    Broccoli noodles? YOU are a genius.