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Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl

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Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl


I love bowl food, and I’m pretty sure most of you do, too. “Bowl food” always has a mix of delicious veggie-heavy ingredients with varying tastes, textures, and flavors – I like to break it down into these components:

  • Something crunchy
  • Something soft
  • Something sweet
  • Something salty
  • And a delicious sauce to pull it all together

Bowl food is fun to eat because you get something a little different in each bite (that is, unless you’re Jack and you stir your whole bowl together, but I digress…). The inconvenient thing about component bowls is that all those components can take time to prepare – chopping and cooking raw plant-based ingredients is time-consuming. This Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl is the exception, though. You’ll be surprised how quickly and easily it comes together!


Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl


Want to make this noodle bowl? Here’s how:
  1. Whisk together the simple 5-ingredient sauce.
  2. Dress the cabbage right in the serving bowls!
  3. Sauté the snap peas and mushrooms one after another, using the same skillet.
  4. Cook the soba noodles.
  5. Assemble your bowls with the noodles & veggies and generously top them with orange segments, sesame seeds, tofu (or a protein of your choice), and extra sauce.
Then, enjoy…

This noodle bowl is a perfect weeknight meal that’s packed with flavor and full of fresh vegetables. While the noodles are cooking, I like to clean up the dishes and pour myself a glass of wine. I highly recommend you do the same. This recipe makes two large bowls of food, or 3 medium-sized bowls. If there’s any left over, pack it up for lunch the next day.

For more “bowl food” ideas, check out this buddha bowl, this ginger rice bowl, or this watermelon poke bowl!

Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl

Author: Jeanine Donofrio

Recipe type: Main dish

  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • (plus excess juice from the orange below)
  • 1 medium orange
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 3 ounces soba noodles, cooked, drained, & rinsed* (see note)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • ⅓ cup chopped scallions (about 3)
  • 1 cup snap peas, de-stringed and chopped
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 7 ounces baked tofu, sliced or cooked protein of choice**
  • Sesame seeds
  • Handful of fresh herbs, cilantro or mint, optional
  • Sea salt
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the miso, rice vinegar, tamari, and sesame oil until combined. Slice the segments from the orange, set aside, and squeeze the excess juice from the orange into the sauce.
  2. Divide the red cabbage among two to three bowls. Drizzle with some of the dressing and toss gently to coat. Place the cooked soba beside the cabbage in the bowls.
  3. In a skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil and add the scallions and snap peas and cook, tossing until lightly blistered but still vibrant green, for about 2 minutes. Remove and add to the bowls.
  4. Add more olive oil to the pan and add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 8 minutes. Divide the mushrooms among the bowls and top with the orange segments, tofu, sesame seeds, and herbs if using. Drizzle with a little of the remaining dressing and serve the rest on the side. (Note: the dressing is slightly on the salty side so a little bit goes a long way – add it to taste and save any extra for salads/bowls later in the week).
*Cook your soba noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse them to remove excess starches. This helps them from clumping. If they start to stick together, toss them with a little bit of sesame oil.**To save a step in this recipe, I buy pre-baked tofu (I like the Wildwood brand). Alternatively, you can bake your own tofu. Start with extra-firm tofu, patted dry and cut into cubes. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the tofu with the tamari and spread evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.

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CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.

CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
parmesan
fresh, torn basil

Directions

In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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