Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Super! Bowl

Today's the big day. Dallas gets to shine. It's the Packers against the Steelers. Big doings, lot's of fans, lot's of money. Think tailgate parties and take out food. Tacos, wings, barbecue, homemade goodies made with breakfast sausage and melted Velveeta, chili, frito pie,onion dip, Rice Krispie treats and Chinese takeout. But not here in Northwest Arkansas. I am living out in the country and am not much of a football fan anyway. Actually, not a fan at all. But I do love Chinese takeout and tonight will make my own.

There is nothing authentically Chinese about this recipe. It is not even really much of a recipe. The ingredients are fluid depending on what you have on hand. It is great with bok choy but only spinach was in the fridge. It calls for
lo mein noodles but only spaghetti is in the cupboard. It did not call for scallions and bell pepper but I had some leftover from last night's cajun red beans and rice. The one thing for sure about this dish is that it is fast, easy and nutritious. You could prep it between those great Super Bowl commercials and throw it together at half time. Have all your ingredients prepared and throw it together at the last minute.Easy breezy!

"Pork Free Lo Mein"

  • 12 ounces lo mein or angel hair, cooked al dente, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups bok choy, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock or No Chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 or 2 cans mandarin orange sections, drained
Cook noodles until al dente, drain, rinse in cold water and set aside. Dredge your tofu in corn starch or flour and saute in the olive oil until browned on all sides over medium-high heat, add bok choy and stir fry until wilted.

Add the broth, orange juice, sesame oil and red pepper and bring to a boil. Stir in the cooked noodles and cook for a minute or two. Stir in the orange sections.

Now, how easy was that?
Go Chivas!

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