Jumat, 20 Juni 2014

Yuba Noodle Salad – Do You Believe in Miracles?

So many things are touted as “miracle foods” these days, but invariably you find out the claims were false, the benefits exaggerated, and that Dr. Oz was full of crap again. I sure hope that doesn’t turn out to be the case with these grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-cal, and quite delicious, yuba noodles.

You can use any dressings/garnishes you like, but I prefer these flavors, since texturally this closely resembles those wide, flat, Asian-style noodles we’ve all picked up from the neighborhood take-out place. Of course, those come loaded with massive amounts of bad carbs, a million calories, and enough MSG to choke a panda.

Occasionally, I have no problem with that, especially if I’ve been drinking, but generally this is a smarter option. Believe it or not, one giant portion of these noodles (not counting your dressing or sauce) only has 150 calories, just 7 grams of carbs, and almost no fat. So what’s the catch? It’s tofu.

But like pasta and noodles, tofu skin is very bland, so it’s really more about the texture, and being a “starchy” base for other ingredients, including non-vegan things like grilled chicken or shrimp. If you keep that in mind, I think you’ll really enjoy experimenting with this incredibly cool product. I hope you try this soon. Enjoy!


For 2 large portions Yuba Noodle Salad:
5 oz package yuba tofu skins, sliced into noodles
handful of carrot shavings
handful of thinly sliced cabbage
1/2 cup freshly torn cilantro leaves
1/4 sliced green onions
black sesame seeds

For the dressing (makes about 1 cup, about enough for 2 large salads):
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp fresh, finely grated ginger
1 tsp sambal chili sauce (or any hot ground chili sauce)
1/3 cup warm rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
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