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Easy Curried Noodles with Tofu and a Giveaway!

An simple weeknight dinner with less than 10 ingredients that can be made in under 30 minutes. Easy curried noodles with tofu and broccoli packs in Thai flavor and is cheaper and healthier than Thai take-out! Read on for details on my exciting giveaway!

An simple weeknight dinner with less than 10 ingredients that can be made in under 30 minutes. Easy curried noodles with tofu and broccoli packs in Thai flavor and is cheaper and healthier than Thai take-out! | @TheFoodieDietitianEveryone has their go-to take-out place, right? Mine is Thai. Which is surprising to say considering I thought my trip to Thailand would forever ruin American Thai take-out for me. And it did. For a while. Until we moved and this awesome authentic Thai/Vietnamese restaurant opened up and when my first dish there cleared out my sinuses and set my mouth on fire, I knew we had a found a good thing.

But take-out is kind of silly. I mean, I love going out to eat for the experience of going out to eat. Going out to eat minus the “going out” part just feels lame. And we all do it because it’s easy, right? But what if we had easy, “take-out inspired” meals we could make at home in less than 30 minutes. I mean it takes at least 30 minutes from the time you pick up the phone to the time you walk back in the door with food, right? That was my inspiration for this dish – keep. it. simple.

The simpler and easier we keep eating healthy, the more likely we are to do it! That’s why I was thrilled when Dreamfields reached out to me and told me their focus this year was about all the little things people can do differently to live a little healthier, You know, the little things that add up over time. The simple swaps and small tweaks to your daily life that make changing habits seem less daunting. Like swapping out regular pasta for one that has more fiber and protein! Did you know that one cup of cooked Dreamfields pasta has 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein? Dreamfields is made with premium durum wheat semolina from North Dakota, which is why it has the same delicious taste and texture of traditional pasta.

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One of my favorite tips for healthy eating and overall mindfulness is eating with chopsticks! Seriously. How easy is it to pick up chopsticks instead of your fork – such a small, simple change! But it’s not so easy to eat with chopsticks and that’s really the point. Using a utensil you’re not very comfortable with will force you to slow down your eating. And because it’s kind of awkward, it’s going to encourage you to focus on the food in front of you and the act of eating in general. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with a pile o’ noodles on the floor. And you can use chopsticks with any meal, not just pasta. And if mindful eating is new to you, read my post Are You Really Eating Mindfully?

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Try your hand at chopsticks with this pasta dish and feel good about what you’re eating! Even though this dish is simple to make, it doesn’t hold back on flavor. I’m excited to have a new go-to weeknight meal in my repertoire!
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Easy Curried Noodles with Tofu

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box Dreamfields Linguine
  • 3 small heads of broccoli, stems removed (about 6 cups chopped)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 14 oz extra-firm tofu, excess water drained, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce*
  • Optional: cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add broccoli; toss to coat. Add ¼ cup water; cover and cook for 5 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. Add tofu, coconut milk, curry paste, soy sauce, lime juice, and fish sauce to the sauté pan. Stir ingredients together. Bring sauce just to boil; reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add pasta to sauté pan; toss to coat well.
  5. Optional: garnish with cilantro upon serving.

Notes

*Fish sauce can be omitted to make this dish vegetarian/vegan.

Nutrition information (1/8 of recipe): 280 calories; 12 g protein; 42 g carbohydrates; 8 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 760 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

Easy Curried Noodles with Tofu fg-5And now for the GIVEAWAY! Dreamfields is giving away a Dreamfields family pack (that’s 7 boxes of different types of pasta!) PLUS a food scale to one lucky reader of TFD! The contest will run through April 24th and I’ll announce the winner the following week. Enter below!
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Check out these recipes for more chop-stick friendly dishes:

Spicy Peanut Tofu and Bok Choy Rice Bowl

Spicy Peanut Tofu and Bok Choy Rice Bowl

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.

Comments

  1. I love how fast and simple this is- definitely adding this to my recipe to-make list!

  2. drink more water, walk or bike instead of driving, eat/cook at home more often

  3. I definitely need to make some healthy changes in my life and starting tomorrow I’m going to walk/move more.

  4. Breanna Pollard

    I could out the junk food.

  5. Annamarie V

    I’m following you on Pinterest

  6. One simple change I want to make is to drink a glass of water when I get up in the morning. Not only does it fill your stomach so you eat less, but it is a reminder to myself to make healthier choices during the day.

  7. I agree–using chopsticks can really slow you down and make you savor a meal!

  8. Eat More Veggies and low carb, cut out sugars and either cut out wheat or lower the comsumption

  9. One simple change I can make is to eat more fruit and veggies

  10. Sharyl Wolter

    The healthiest thing would be if I could convince Mark to NOT smoke in the house. Second hand smoke – yuck!

  11. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

    We try to eat healthier and walk more 🙂

  12. I could eat more veggies!!

  13. As a family we really try to limit eating at restaurants as much as possible. Not only is it a healthier option but we save so much money by cooking at home.

  14. I just added you to pinterest and instagram. As a woman, I know I need to add weights to improve bone strength!

  15. I can drink more water, skipping the diet soda, and exercise regularly.

  16. Sandy Headtke

    I am working on cutting back on my caffeine intake and drinking more water.

  17. Holly Wright

    I could do more exercise!

  18. Take the stairs instead of elevators or escalators if you are able.

  19. I follow you on Instagram as cezovski9

  20. I follow you on Pinterest as cezovski9

  21. Cool giveaway. I have likewise begun following you on Pinterest. And, for the “simple” daily change, it would be to drink more water to stay more hydrated 🙂

  22. Try to eat fruit and veggies throughout the day.

  23. Haha, eating with chopsticks is no issue for me at all! I’m Chinese and chopsticks were the first utensils I ever ate with. I also love cooking with them! I totally agree that slowing down your eating is a much healthier and more mindful way of eating- I chew all my food thoroughly before I swallow as a way of slowing myself down, which also helps with digestion. I’ve been taking homemade snacks and lunches to work so I feel less inclined to spend money on unhealthy munchies and also going to work with my yoga mat so I have no excuse to skip yoga before or after work. These noodles sound so yummy- so hard not to love Thai food!!

  24. I love Thai food also and have on occasion made my own version of pad Thai or a curry at home. Using chopsticks is so much fun and definitely a great way to slow down your eating – it really makes a difference. Look forward to trying this recipe!

  25. One change I made that I am trying to get our entire household to adopt is to give up soda and drink water instead.

  26. I can take the stairs instead of the elevator at work!

  27. Love using chopsticks for this purpose 🙂 Thai has become one of my favorite comfort go-to meals for sure. I mean, how can you not?? YUM.

  28. more water, more sleep!

  29. Thanks for sharing a new product- will definitely check them out! And this recipe sounds simple and delicious FTW!

  30. Elaine Campbell

    So glad to know there’s a pasta that’s healthy! Hoping I win this. Great day to everyone!

  31. I’ve known about Dreamfields pasta for years but have yet to try it – now I will (and will make this recipe first 🙂

  32. I have been using Dreamfield pastas for about 5 years now. I love their pastas.

  33. Gr8 go to meal, Kara. Thanks for introducing me to Dreamfields pasta.

  34. Christina

    I can always carry healthy snacks with me (to school, work, etc) to make sure I never go hungry without access to healthy food.

  35. I can ride by bike more often instead of driving!

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