Orange Soba with Tofu


Oh my has this been one crazy week! My mother in law as well as my grandmother in law came to stay with us from my birthday (Thursday, May 8th) through the following Monday (May 12th). I tried to get the house as clean as possible while caring for Dominik. The week before we had a heat wave on top of a case of mastitis that gave me an 103 F fever. That type of infection is no joke and I could do little more besides lay in bed shivering from the chills. Luckily, I was able to knock it out quickly by feeding mostly from the infected breast.
My birthday and first Mother’s day were very busy, but nice. Both were spent at home with the visiting family, which is stressful but at the same time very nice to be surrounded by family. It was a bit overwhelming at times, especially for Dominik, because we did quite a bit of touristy things outside of the house. But he did great being carried around everywhere and now we are slowly getting back into a routine.
This week we have had another intense heat wave that has fueled NINE wildfires in my area. Yup, San Diego’s on fire again.  We can see the smoke billowing from our house, but the fires are still quite a ways in the distance (knock on wood). At this point all you can really do is keep the news on and hope that nothing starts in nearby. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to see so many people loose everything they have. I am so grateful that no one has been seriously hurt and the fire department is staying so on top of everything.
With a particularly crazy and stressful week, I was even more inclined to do as little cooking as possible. And so this recipe was born! It’s incredibly easy, very little prep and chopping (you could even substitute the chopped garlic with powdered and do no chopping at all).
Orange Soba:
1 package soba noodles
1 package frozen vegetables
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
2 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
2 Tbsp oil (either olive or canola will be fine)
*optional: a few Tbsp of sriracha
1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and set aside.
2. Mix orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, and arrowroot powder in a bowl.
3. Pour orange/soy mixture along with the frozen veggies and oil into a large pan and saute until vegetables are heated through and sauce has thickened.
4. Stir in the noodles and cook until everything is well combined and heated through. Serve with simple tofu.
Simple Tofu
3-4 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp garlic powder
1 package firm tofu
1. Slice tofu and arrange on an oven safe platter/pan.
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour over tofu. Let marinate at least 30 minutes.
3. Bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes.
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