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Meatless Monday with Vegan and Gluten-Free Sweet Chili Noodle Tofu Bowl

Welcome (back) to the  Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday  vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

The best dishes have a combination of flavours and textures that make your taste buds come alive and keep you wanting to go back for another bite. That is the perfect description for today’s vegan and gluten-free Sweet Chili Noodle Tofu Bowl. It’s spicy and sweet with crunchy veggies (available year-round), soft rice noodles and crispy tofu that is out of this world. This nutritious yet completely satisfying recipe is thanks to Karina Abram of Warm Vanilla Sugar via One Green Planet, an amazing resource for all things good for the planet like being vegan.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

FOR THE TOFU:

  • 1 12-ounce package extra firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (to make it gluten-free)sweeet chili noodle tofu bowl
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil, for frying

FOR THE NOODLE BOWL:

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 1 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 8 ounces dry vermicelli noodles
  • 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Peanuts, chopped
  • Scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

PREPARATION

  1. Wrap tofu in a clean, absorbent towel and set something heavy on top to wick away moisture. Let rest for about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice the cabbage and julienne the red pepper, cucumber, and carrot. Toss together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Add vermicelli noodles to a large bowl and cover completely with boiling water. Let the noodles sit and cook in the water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  4. In the meantime, unwrap tofu and cut into even pieces, about 3/4-inch cubes. Add tofu to a shallow mixing bowl and top with the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, and maple syrup. Toss to combine. Let rest for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the tofu to a large freezer bag. Add cornstarch, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss to coat. Continue adding more cornstarch and tossing until tofu is coated in a gummy, white layer.
  6. In a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil and let warm for 30 seconds. Then use a slotted spoon to add the tofu to the pan (leaving any excess cornstarch behind). Cook on all sides for 1 minute, or until light golden brown. Remove tofu from pan as it’s finished browning. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Drain the vermicelli noodles and set aside.
  8. In a small bowl or mason jar, combine the sweet chili sauce and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  9. To serve, divide the vermicelli into 2 bowls. Top with julienned vegetables, fried tofu, chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, fresh mint, and lime wedges. Drizzle the dressing on top and serve.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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