Broccoli 9-1-1

It’s probably pretty obvious that I have not been doing much cooking or eating the past few days. Let me tell you, and I am not saying this to complain, but I have not ever felt as bad as I have this week, even when I had pneumonia in the fall. I am happy to say that I am feeling weak but slightly on the mend. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and with a very busy week ahead I could not be happier.

The one problem with not being able to cook was a fridge full of fresh produce and other items that needed to be eaten this week. While many of the vegetables like beets and carrots are going toward a health-boosting juice today, our almost-rubbery broccoli found itself in a spicy peanut sauce with tofu and noodles.

It was a Nasoya kind of meal, thanks to Market Basket’s large tofu selection and wallet-friendly prices.

Nasoya Extra Firm Tofu

I used an entire block of Nasoya extra-firm tofu and a container of Nasoya Chinese-style noodles.

Nasoya Chinese Style Noodles

In addition, I used several heaping spoonfuls of Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter.

Valencia Peanut Butter

A generous drizzle of sriracha. . .


A head of almost-dead broccoli, cut into florets. . .

steamed broccoli

And a few splashes of Tamari soy sauce.

Tamari Soy Sauce

I started by pressing the tofu in a clean dish towel in a colander, draining off as much liquid as possible. Then, as I always do, I cut the tofu and left it to air dry for about an hour.


To assemble the meal, I cooked the noodles according to the package instructions. In a separate pan, I steamed the broccoli in a bit of water, then added in the soy sauce, sriracha, and peanut butter, mixing until a creamy sauce was formed. I tossed in the tofu and noodles, gave it a stir, let it simmer on low for 20 minutes so the tofu would absorb the flavors of the sauce, and served.

noodles and peanut sauce

It was a nice return to real food. The Doritos had to go at some point. They were good and all, but probably not the best food for me to recover from my flu.

What’s on tap for your Saturday?

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Tags: broccoli, easy recipes, Food, Nasoya, noodles, peanut sauce, quick recipes, recipe, soy sauce, sriracha, tofu, Vegetarian, vegetarian recipe

  1. Simply Life’s avatar

    Great looking meal! Hope you feel better soon!


  2. alicia’s avatar

    This meal looks great! After a week or so of restaurant dining – I’m eager for some veggies in my world too.

    Hope you’re feeling better!!

    Today will be a nice respite from our past busy week – I’m staying in my pajamas until at LEAST 11am…..getting in a good workout and then out to dinner to meet some CT peeps.

    Miss you!! xo


  3. Clarice’s avatar

    I love how fast a meal like this cooks up, and the flavors taste like it’s been cooking all day. Get well.


  4. Jolene (’s avatar

    This recipe might convince my hubby that broccoli can be good!

    We are buying a camera today, and going to a friends b-day party tonight :-)

    Have a fab weekend!


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    This sounds yummy. I’m glad you’re able to have better meals. Dorito’s are pretty good though!


  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    This is totally my kind of dish. Broccoli, noodles and peanut sauce. Delish.


  7. Heather’s avatar

    I need to start shopping at Market Basket – the one by my apartment is always a zoo though!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    I can’t do tofu but otherwise this looks great!! I’m glad you are starting to feel better. I’m looking forward to seeing you this week!
    I just had a girls’ day on Saturday, went to the spa and such. It was really nice. Had not done that in a while!


  9. Michelle’s avatar

    Yum! This looks fantastic! I hope you are feeling better soon!


  10. MarathonVal’s avatar

    Wow… this is my first time noticing your new header (normally I read in Google Reader and then when I comment just scroll down to the bottom)… it looks amazing!!! Purple, yellow, and green are my three favorite colors :)


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