10 Minute Meal: Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl with Rice Noodles, Tofu & Contemporary Pea Shoots

The best wealth is to stay content material with little.

On the subject of ramen, I don’t assume there’s a individual in trendy historical past with no connection or reminiscence to heat noodles in a bowl and the consolation & subsequent recollections they carry. I imply is there? For me and my siblings rising up, Mr. Noodles had been a significant deal with, since whereas cheap and simple to make, my of us weren’t precisely the ‘quick meals’ varieties. However as most mother and father know, it’s prudent to deal with children once in a while and they also did, even when it meant shopping for packages of cheap-as-borscht dry noodles that had been laden with the salt & faux flavours from that little silver pouch, to not point out the MSG and no matter else goes into these iconic little packages of low cost & oh-so-tasty sustenance. Oh, Mr Noodles certainly. 

Quick ahead to now, once I’m fortunate sufficient to have the ability to frequent (as many different Vancouverites are) a comfortable little nook in Chinatown the place the noodle bowl reigns supreme (and supremely performed too I would add) with no salt pack or crinkly yellow bundle in website. For many who haven’t been, Harvest Union is doing all of it proper, with hand-crafted bowls filled with all types of tasty, wholesome surprises interesting to all eaters from vegan to these searching for meat choices too. There’s something for everybody at Harvest and it’s right here that I’ve lately re-discovered the bowl of sizzling soothing broth that comprises not solely completely cooked noodles however all the opposite prospects that work collectively to make a meal value ready for.

It was after a working lunch there lately that I used to be impressed to lastly create a noodle bowl of my very own, having been teased by numerous recipes right here and there within the blogosphere. I got down to take a look at my concepts with just a few necessities, beginning with wanting a gluten-free possibility. I’d labored sufficient with rice noodles to understand how simple to make use of and scrumptious they had been, they usually at all times go away me feeling content material and good (learn: glad however not too full). Second, I wished one thing that might be fast, with none further cooking time, would use one pot solely, and created a very minimal mess. As you’ll be able to see I saved it fairly easy. So easy in actual fact, that through the use of pre-made broth & soup, this meal will take you actually lower than 10 minutes from begin to the completed product. After all, if you happen to’ve received the time, the persistence, and the produce, I’d counsel ranging from scratch with this simple-as-can-be-squash soup and this selfmade broth.

Both method, I hope you take pleasure in this as a lot as I’ve been. In simply as a lot time because it takes to boil that water for the immediate stuff, you’ll be able to have a completely nutritious meal that’ll hit the spot and preserve you wholesome, with out sending your meals finances sky-high both. No noodling round: this bowl is the actual deal.

On a aspect notice, I wish to thank all of you who popped by final week to learn up on the put up to assist Feed South Africa. I’m blissful to report that due to that marketing campaign, meals bloggers and their readers had been capable of efficiently increase the focused purpose of $5,000 to assist feed 100 college kids in South  Africa for a 12 months! It’s initiatives like this that see communities everywhere in the world get the assistance they want, and it doesn’t occur simply. It at all times feels good to be part of one thing particular, and I’m so thrilled to realize it was a hit. Congrats to Nicole & everybody concerned for a spectacular effort! x

Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl w/Rice Noodles, Tofu & Contemporary Pea Shoots:

  • (1) cup veggie inventory (pre-made or store-bought is ok)
  • (1.5) cups butternut squash soup, with no nut or dairy base (I used Pacific Model)
  • (1/4) tsp salt
  • (1/4) tsp soy sauce
  • (1) strand of thick rice noodles (concerning the measurement of the circle between your index finger & thumb)
  • (1/4) cup medium tender tofu, rinsed and cubed
  • (1) scallion, sliced diagonally, greens solely
  • (1/4) tsp Sambal Oelek
  • (1/2) tsp toasted sesame oil
  • (1) handful contemporary pea shoots (or sliced contemporary spinach in a pinch)
  • Black sesame seeds for garnish

This recipe makes one scrumptious, tremendous hearty serving for one, and naturally is definitely multiplied with the precise math expertise and an additional bowl or two! Begin by combining the soup and the broth in a medium pot, and stir to combine nicely. Add the salt & soy sauce and warmth gently till effervescent and sizzling (mainly to a lightweight boil), about 3-4 minutes.

Whereas the broth is heating up, dice the contemporary tofu into one-inch items or a bit smaller, as per your desire. Slice the inexperienced onion, and wash and trim the pea shoots, eradicating the robust stems as they are often robust to digest and chew. Take the strand of dry rice noodles (a couple of finger spherical or golf ball diameter), and along with your fingers, snap them in half to shorten to noodle strands, and place them in a generously sized serving bowl of your alternative.

When the broth has reached a effervescent boil, take away it from the warmth and pour all of it over the rice noodles immediately into the serving bowl. Utilizing a fork and a fast, agency hand, push any errant noodle strands below the broth to submerge any free items. Cowl the bowl instantly with a small plate, and set your timer for six minutes.

When the 6 minutes is up, take away the plate from the bowl and stir the noodles to interrupt them up a bit. To serve, push the noodles over to the aspect a bit, making room for the tofu, scallions & pea shoots which may be organized immediately into the broth as you want. Place a bit Sambal Oelek within the centre of the bowl, and end by pouring the toasted sesame oil into the bowl together with the black sesame seeds to garnish.

Serve immediately  (although the perfect half could also be ready for the bowl to chill a bit earlier than consuming) with chopsticks or a fork, in case you are a bit spastic with chopsticks like I’m. I at all times attempt earnestly with the sticks for just a few rounds earlier than hitting the convenience and luxury of a spoon and a fork. No matter works, as long as you by no means want to achieve for these low cost yellow packages once more ;). Get pleasure from!