Quick Pad Thai with Tofu and Sesame Kale
One of our special 'Mood Food' recipes - packed with lots of brain-boosting nutrients including B Vitamins, Omegas, Amino Acids, Protein, Magnesium and Zinc - to help boost your mood, sharpen your mind and combat stress.
Simple Satay Sauce
3 tbsp peanut butter
½ tsp chilli sauce (good to get garlic and ginger variety)
1 tbsp soya sauce
4 tbsp hot water
1 tsp sugar or agave syrup
150g/5½oz soba or rice noodles, egg-free. If using the straight-to-wok variety, make sure they are vegan, eg Blue Dragon Wholewheat Noodles in a foil pouch – and add them at stage 7. This makes the recipe even quicker.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
100g/3oz mange tout
Half a red pepper, chopped
1 packet Cauldron marinated tofu pieces
To serve: red chilli flakes, lime segment and peanuts
2 handfuls of kale, chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
1. To make the sauce, place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend until smooth, then set aside.
2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Be careful not to overcook them.
3. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a medium frying pan. Stir-fry the beansprouts, mange tout and pepper on a medium-high heat for around 5 minutes so they are slightly softened but still crunchy. Add a splash of water if they start to catch.
4. Turn off the heat then stir in the tofu pieces. Set aside.
5. Steam the kale for a couple of minutes before stirring in the sesame seeds and oil if using. Take off the heat and cover with a lid to keep warm.
6. To assemble the Pad Thai, drain off the noodles using a colander then rinse briefly with cold water to stop them sticking together.
7. Spoon the noodles into the frying pan with the vegetables and tofu. Turn the heat back on and stir in the satay sauce.
8. Using a pair of tongs, gently lift up the noodles to mix them well with the vegetables and tofu so everything gets nicely coated with the sauce. Do this as the food is warming through.
9. Serve the Pad Thai with a sprinkle of chilli flakes, a segment of lime and some peanuts if desired, with the Sesame Kale on the side.
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