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  • Writer's pictureSujata Kale-Banerjea

Chilli Lime Tofu with Ramen



My goal is always to keep my family's diet nutritionally diverse. Tofu is one of the plant protein option that I consider. For this recipe I used firm and sprouted tofu . Tofu really has no taste of its own so marinating it is the key.

Some nutritional facts about tofu, 100g gives you about 8g of dietary protein along with many important vitamins in minerals. Soy also contains isoflavones, which are attributed to many health benefits such as cardio-vascular specifically for post-menopausal women. Saponins in the tofu may have heart protective benefits as well. Research shows that consumption of soy once a week may help lower the risk of breast cancer.

I like to choose the sprouted or fermented soy products as the soaking, sprouting or fermenting process inactivates some of the anti-nutrients that most pf the plant-based foods have.

Caution with soy products if experiencing thyroid issues due to its goitrogen properties.

Wrapping up about soy, it safe for people but if you are concerned about any negative effects of soy, consult healthcare professional.


For this recipe, I used firm tofu. Other protein variations may be poultry, seafood, fish. Portobello mushrooms may also work well with this recipe.





Ingredients

  • 365 grams Tofu (extra-firm, pressed, sliced into slabs)

  • 4 tbsps Tamari

  • 1/3 cup Lime Juice (divided)

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Grapeseed Oil

  • 11/3 tsp Honey

  • 1/3 tsp Chili Flakes (optional)

For Ramen:

  • 2 squares of Ramen

  • 1 tbsp Grapeseed oil or any neutral oil

  • 1 tbsp Tamari

  • White Pepper (To Taste)

  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil

  • 1 tbsp scallions chopped

  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds (per serving)

Instructions

  1. Place the tofu slabs into a large baking dish and press the tofu to release the water if you prefer a firm texture. (This step could omitted)

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the tamari, 3/4 of the lime juice, oil, honey, and chili flakes. Pour over top of the tofu and marinate for 30 minutes.

  3. Heat the grill to a medium-high heat and then place the tofu on the grill and cook for six to seven minutes per side, until charred. Keep it warm.

  4. Cook the Ramen noodles as per the directions on the packet. Rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking.

  5. Heat the pan, add oil and the ramen noodles along with tamari. Stir till noodles are well coated. Add the ground white pepper, toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions to garnish when dished out on a plate.

  6. Serve the noodles with grilled tofu and side of vegetables. Enjoy.

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