Vietnamese Orange Ginger Stir-fry with Tofu and Brown Rice Noodles

Spicy ginger, sweet orange, and rich toasted cashews flavor this Asian stir-fry.  Using brown rice noodles, tofu, and a colorful array of vegetables, this vegan recipe is gluten-free and oil-free.  Make extra sauce for a future dinner, or use as a healthy salad dressing.  This easily adapts to a meal-for-one.

MEDIUM          Servings: 4       Ready In: 45 minutes

Ginger Orange Cashew Stir-fry with Brown Rice Noodles, Tofu, Peppers - Healthy, Plant-based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Asian Recipe with Soy

Ginger Orange Cashew Stir-fry with Brown Rice Noodles, Tofu, Peppers - Healthy, Plant-based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Asian Recipe with Soy

Chef's Flavor Tip:  Dry roast the cashews to bring out deep, rich flavor with any extra fat.  To skip this step, look for oil-free, roasted cashews in your grocery

Chef's Flavor Tip:  Dry roast the cashews to bring out deep, rich flavor with any extra fat.  To skip this step, look for oil-free, roasted cashews in your grocery

Chef's Flavor Tip:  Dry roast your cubed firm tofu for 12-15 minutes, until golden around the edges.  This adds interesting texture with healthy, satisfying plant-based protein.  You can use this roasted tofu in other stir-fry dishes, over vegan salads, or tossed into pasta dishes

Chef's Flavor Tip:  Dry roast your cubed firm tofu for 12-15 minutes, until golden around the edges.  This adds interesting texture with healthy, satisfying plant-based protein.  You can use this roasted tofu in other stir-fry dishes, over vegan salads, or tossed into pasta dishes

Chef's Tip:  You can cook the noodles and peppers at the same time.  They take about 2-3 minutes.  You want to retain some texture so that the noodles don't fall apart in your stir-fry

Chef's Tip:  You can cook the noodles and peppers at the same time.  They take about 2-3 minutes.  You want to retain some texture so that the noodles don't fall apart in your stir-fry

Chef's Gluten-Free Tip: Tamari is a version of soy sauce made without wheat.  For a Celiac-safe gluten-free stir-fry, use Tamari as traditional soy sauce contains gluten

Chef's Gluten-Free Tip: Tamari is a version of soy sauce made without wheat.  For a Celiac-safe gluten-free stir-fry, use Tamari as traditional soy sauce contains gluten

Chef's Stir-Fry Tip:  Have all of your components ready to go for making your stir-fry.  You can prep these ahead on the weekend so that a quick, healthy, plant-based, oil-free Asian dinner is just a few minutes away

Chef's Stir-Fry Tip:  Have all of your components ready to go for making your stir-fry.  You can prep these ahead on the weekend so that a quick, healthy, plant-based, oil-free Asian dinner is just a few minutes away

Chef's Stir-fry Tip: When you're ready to eat, simply reheat the Cashew Orange sauce until hot.  Add the noodles, tofu, and veggies.  Cook 3-5 minutes, until hot, and serve!  Healthy, plant-based, oil-free Vietnamese dinner faster than you can order takeout

Chef's Stir-fry Tip: When you're ready to eat, simply reheat the Cashew Orange sauce until hot.  Add the noodles, tofu, and veggies.  Cook 3-5 minutes, until hot, and serve!  Healthy, plant-based, oil-free Vietnamese dinner faster than you can order takeout

Ingredients

For the stir-fry: 

10 oz firm tofu block
4 servings brown rice pasta
2 bell peppers, any color, seeded and sliced
1 bunch scallions, whites separated from greens and sliced

For the Cashew Orange Sauce:

3/4 cup raw cashew pieces
3/4 cup orange juice
3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. low-sodium tamari
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tsp red chili flake

2 limes, quartered, for serving


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Procedure

Gather ingredients.
To roast tofu: Dice tofu into bite-sized pieces and spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast at 375, 12-15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Tofu should be golden around the edges. Let cool slightly
At the same time, roast the cashews at 375, 8-10 minutes, until golden. Let cool slightly. 
To cook the noodles: Cook noodles according to package directions, leaving a little "bite" in them. Add sliced bell pepper and white parts of green onion during last minute of cooking. Drain noodles and peppers and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. 
To make the sauce: Combine roasted cashews, orange juice, ginger, cilantro (stems okay), and red chili flake in a blender.  Season Orange Ginger sauce with low-sodium tamari to keep this gluten-free. Regular soy sauce has gluten, but tamari is gluten-free. 
To stir-fry: Get your stir fry station set up: tofu, noodles and peppers, sauce.  Pour the sauce into a large, wide saute pan or wok. Bring to a low simmer. Add the noodles, cook for 1-2 minutes, until warm. Add the tofu, cook another minute or so, just until warm. Add water if your sauce reduces too much. 
Garnish with green onion and serve with lime wedges

Chef's Tips: The key to stir-fry is preparing having all of your components ready to go when you're cooking.  First, roast your cashews and tofu.  While those are cooking in the oven, get the rest of your ingredients ready -- slice your veggies, chop your cilantro, and quarter your limes.  This will make for a quick, easy meal.  You can even prep this entire meal on the weekend so that it's a quick stir-fry during a weeknight.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/4 recipe)

Calories 504.28
Calories From Fat (33%) 165.73
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19.61g 30%
Saturated Fat 3.39g 17%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 81.31mg 3%
Potassium 715.71mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 68.5g 23%
Fiber 6.28g 25%
Sugar 9.31g
Protein 18.73g 37%
Calcium 109.54mg 11%
Iron 208.39mg 1158%
Vitamin A IU
Vitamin C 1.69mg 3%


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