Asian Tofu Noodle Salad & Muir’s Dietary Evolution

Today you’re going to get a wonderful recipe; Asian Tofu Noodle Salad. And by noodle, I mean rice noodles; a whole new adventure here in kitchen Muir.

Asian Tofu Noodle Salad Ingredients

Serves: 4    Prep time: 30 minutes

  • ½ pkg. A Taste of Thai Rice Noodles
  • 1 ½ tbsp garlic infused olive oil
  • ¼ cup Braggs Amino Acids or Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • Firm tofu, diced
  • 1 medium green capsicum, (bell pepper) finely sliced
  • 1 medium red capsicum, finely sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, finely sliced
  • ½ bunch spring onions, green tops only, sliced
  • ¼ cup crushed peanuts

Asian Tofu Recipe

  1. Cook rice noodles according to packet instructions. A taste of Thai tells you to soak the raw noodles in hot water for 30 minutes, drain and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl, add the Braggs or soy Sauce, brown sugar, crushed ginger, and chili flakes and stir to combine, set aside.
  3. Heat oil in large wok or skillet, add diced tofu and saute until browned and heated thoroughly.
  4. Add vegetables and saute for about 15 minutes, using a metal spatula so you can toss and turn.
  5. Turn heat to medium, add a little more oil, add softened rice noodles and pour over the sauce.
  6. Stir and toss for another 10 minutes.
  7. Divide noodle salad into four bowls and garnish with spring onion tips and crushed peanuts.

And since I’m sharing the dietary evolution going on in our house, I’m going to turn you onto Zucchini hummus. It’s unbelievably simple, you just replace the chickpeas with zucchini. Remember a couple weeks ago, I blogged; Enter Low FODMAP  which is a huge change of course for me. I’ve been mourning the loss of hummus as I wasn’t tolerating it very well (chickpeas = fiber) when I stumbled onto this recipe. There is a God!!

Zucchini Hummus Ingredients

Serves: 8 Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes

  • 1 cup diced zucchini (peel if you like)
  • ⅓ cup raw tahini
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I omitted, but poured a dash of garlic infused olive oil)
  • ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin

Zucchini Hummus Recipe

  1. Combine all the ingredients, into a food processor
  2. Start with just 2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 clove garlic, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy, then add more lemon juice, garlic, and salt as desired to make your perfect.
  4. Serve chilled with your favorite veggies or crackers.

I got a burst of energy while watching The Madness of March and seeing Rick collapse on the couch wailing, “ Oral Roberts are you kidding? Ohio sob sob”  this went on for a few minutes. I decided, we need munchies, a little sustenance can take some of the sting out of a loss. It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon. So headed downstairs and found a package of corn tortillas. Ahhh I’ll make homemade tortilla chips with zucchini hummus. I could hear him yelling, “Totally destroyed my bracket!” He had picked Ohio to go all the way. His beloved Gonzaga, he had penciled in to beat the Buckeyes in the final game.

And as I dug in the fridge for the zucchini, I thought about the unpredictability of life. For the love of gawd, Ohio Buckeyes were seeded #2 for their division. Oral Roberts seeded 15 and had not made an appearance to the NCAA basketball tourney since 1974. Who would ever think they could, in a riveting game, take out Ohio in one of the first matches of March Madness.

Unpredictable… back in the fridge I glimpsed all the food I’m not able to eat now. How for two years, I’ve been touting the vegan diet (except for occasional fish), and now it’s a new diet of eliminating a good portion of what made veganism vegan; a ton of fiber rich foods, including beans; a mainstay here at our table. Argggggggg!! Even when I told my Mom what I could and could not eat, and of course at the top of the list; onions and garlic, she covered her ears and said “ I can’t hear you.” We laughed of course, but still, onions and garlic. Come on! Oral Roberts Come on. Give me a big plate of predictability please.

Ain’t gonna happen! Nope! If I’ve learned anything these last few years, I’ve learned don’t sweat, there is almost always a positive solution to everything. Hence the fabulous zucchini hummus (in my world solutions usually have to do with food). Lucky me! All it takes is a little research, being open and a willingness to adjust the trim tab (trim tabs are small tabs at the bottom of the rudder, in order to get the boat on a flatter plane and so it rides more efficiently on the water). Guiding a huge ship only takes a little pressure on the trim tab to maneuver and make the turn needed. Use only the tops of green onions, get garlic infused oil; no big deal. Adjust, adjust, adjust…

Sometimes when unpredictable occurrences happen, sometimes it just  a small change to make a large impact on the outcome. Don’t you love that. Instead of resisting, I’m embracing the adventure of taking on this new  diet. Actually, it’s kind of fun. I’ve never been a “detail” person, but in order to get the optimal portion, I’m even weighing the amounts I am working with. This is huge 🙂

Some good news to report. My Mom has bounced back from the pneumonia. She even took a mile long walk with us on a trail where we watched a thousand mama goats and bleating kids chewing down the field grass. What a gift day! I’ll paint a picture for you; blue blue sky with dramatic storm clouds off in the distance, the color playing off the spring green of the fields dotted by mama goats of all spectrums of cream, brown and some black. And there was music too; a sweet symphony of those babies serenading us ; pure magic. I’ll keep that memory with me for a long time.

Rick had his cancer screen blood test done yesterday. 0.5 is optimal after having radiation and hormone therapy. His was 0.3! Which is wonderful, anything with a ‘0’ in front is good, no it’s great..love those zero’s. Going to keep on keeping on with plant based meals, hitting the trails, and of course enjoying the now and this now is pretty cool!


  1. Wonderful, wonderful news about Rick and your Verdine!
    And, of course, wonderful, wonderful recipes deliciously described and suggested by our fabulous Clio!
    Yum and hugs all around🤗🤗🤗

  2. GO MAMA!! What an amazing thing to have her bounce back. She really is the energizer bunny isn’t she!

  3. The noodles sound fabulous; soon to be made in my corner of the ‘hood!
    And baby goats~doesn’t get a whole lot better!
    Thanks, Clio.

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