To celebrate the first fresh spring vegetables of the season prepare this easy soba noodle. Spring asparagus and radishes add colours and freshness to this dish. Glazed tofu adds sweetness with maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Garnish the plates with miso mayonaise and sesame seeds.
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You will need
Marinade the tofu & boil water: Cut the tofu in 1 inch cubes. Place the tofu in a bowl with half the maple soy sauce – save the other half for step 4.
In a pot, bring water to a boil for the soba noodles.
Prepare the radish & asparagus: Wash and rinse all produce. Thinly slice the radishes. Discard the end of the aspargus and cut in about 2 inch pieces.
Caramelize the tofu: Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the tofu with its marinade. Add water 1 tbsp at a time if needed to prevent the marinade from burning.
Cook the tofu 3-4 minutes per side.
Cook the soba noodles: Once the water is boiling, add the soba noodles, stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the aspargus cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Drain the soba noodles and aspargus in a strainer. Add the soba noodles and aspargus back to the pot with the rest of the maple soy sauce. Combine.
Gluten friendly adaptation: Cook the soba noodles for 4 minutes. Follow the rest of step 4.
Garnish & serve: In individual plates, place the soba noodle, asparagus, radish and tofu. Garnish with sesame seeds and miso mayonaise. Serve.
Family style service option: place all the ingredients on the table and let everyone serve themselves.
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BUCKWHEAT – SOBA NOODLES
Soba noodles are made with an acient grain: buckwheat. The carbohydrate found in buckwheat is released very slowly into the bloodstream, which makes it an excellant choice for managing blood sugar levels. It is also a great source of dietary fibre.
Cooking with kids
Lacey Engel, Registred Dietician
Owner of Beyond Baby Nutrition
Serve each part of the meal family style and let your children serve themselves.
Making this recipe with kids?
Ask the child to help by completing step 4 & 5:
- Step 4: Cook the soba noodles – Add the asparagus and once the noodles are drained, add the rest of the maply soy sauce.
- Step 5: Garnish & serve
Note: We cannot guarantee any dish is allergen free.