Sesame Noodles with Ginger-Soy Braised Tofu and Steamed Broccoli

A Passion For Food…A Passion For Flavor! – Melanie daPonte

Melanie daPonte, Vegan Personal Chef


Ever Since I found out my beloved Ma Po Tofu at PF Changs contains more than a full day’s worth of  sodium (3450 mg) I’ve been getting creative coming up with quick Asian lunch ideas.

I cook an extra serving or two of spaghetti at dinner time and store it in the fridge for later. That’s the first timesaver. With a few spare minutes in the kitchen I whip up an easy sesame sauce that is delicious over noodles, or just for dipping steamed broccoli. In about 2 micro- minutes I braise up some tofu to add some protein to my lunch. Toss in some steamed veggies and I’ve got a delicious, nutritious meal for lunch or dinner.

Quick Asian Noodle Sauce

Recipe courtesy Jenna Webber (

     ½ cup Tahini

       ¼ cup Canola oil

       ½ cup Hot water, as needed

       ¼ cup Sugar


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Spicy Peanut Noodles

Spicy Peanut Noodles by The Soup Diva!

The Soup Diva

  • 2 cups cooked protein (chicken, shrimp, or tofu suggested)
  • 8 oz medium rice noodles
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or other oil of your choice)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 2 cups vegetables in bite-size pieces (shown here: broccoli and carrots)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2-3 tsp chili garlic paste
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Scallions, cilantro, lime wedges, and/or chopped peanuts for garnish

Boil noodles until al dente and drain most of water. During this time, heat oil in skillet on medium heat; add garlic and ginger, stir and then add vegetables and cook until starting to soften. Stir in peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, fish sauce, chili paste, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat when smooth and stir in coconut milk. Add additional seasoning as…

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Tofu Burger Recipe

The Veggie Expat!

The Veggie Expat

Hi Everyone,

How are you?

Last recipe for a little while. I hope you like them. Let me know which one is your favorite (if you have one).

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Tofu
  • Sweet peppers (two)
  • Mushrooms
  • Buns (brioche buns were the perfect fit)
  • Cheese (optional, I grabbed my favorite vegan cheese, garlic&herb at Whole Foods)
  • Rocket Salad
  • Olives (optional, I just love them)


I cut my mushrooms and my peppers, cooked them in sesame oil for about five mins. Grabbed my brioche buns and instead of warming them up in a pan like I usually do, I put them in my waffle maker.

They turned out perfectly crispy I was so happy you guys!


As you can see, the piece of Tofu I got from Whole Foods is HUGE (you get two of them in a box, already cooked and grilled for £2.99) and I…

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Teriyaki Salmon with Lime Infused Egg and Courgette Noodles

Thanks for sharing, Wish to Dish.
*Cackle* This one is for my son, Maximus!

Wish to Dish

Today I am making your weeknights easier (and healthier) with this super speedy recipe.

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This is a dish that is perfect for the more vegetable phobic people in your life… It may look like a pile of egg noodles to the untrained eye but in fact half of the noodles are made up of cleverly disguised courgettes and carrots: this is the genius of the spiralizer. I had been somewhat  sceptical of this clean eating device (as why on earth would you want to substitute carbs for vegetables?!?!) but my lovely flatmate got me one for my birthday and I am now obsessed. It is crazy easy to use and the resulting “zoodles” are honestly delicious. Obviously I am not going to give up on carbs altogether but I like to have a mix of regular and veg noodles. If you do not possess a spiralizer then fear not as…

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Easter Hacks: aka Cheats Hot Cross Buns!

A unique way to make Hot Cross Buns – Perfect for Easter.

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Easter Hacks: aka Cheats Hot Cross Buns!

OH MY GOSH!!! Yes.. I need to shout! 😛 Last year I created my own free from hot cross bunswhich were amazing and if you have the time I’d highly recommend them BUT… they do take a long time AND wouldn’t you rather be doing something else like eating making chocolateor spending time with family and friends? Now you can! 😀 Oh my! I still can’t believe I didn’t think of this before!

You might have noticed (especially if you follow me on instagram) that I love pancakes (stay with me here), well, what I’ve done is combined an American style pancakewith a hot cross bun and the result is amazing! You can now have free-from hot cross buns without spending hours in the kitchen! You could even whip them up for breakfast! Or make them today and refrigerate…

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Egg Fried Rice

A quick and easy recipe.



The Egg Fried Rice is simple yet tasty, basic fried rice recipes. Fried rice basically is stir fried rice with different ingredients and seasonings. Among different types of fried rice this one with fried eggs is simplest recipe.

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Fritters – whether banana or saltfish, this is something Jamaican households tend to love. Aaah… Fritters.



Banana fritters is pazham pori in Malayalam, is made across kerala as a snack at home with tea. It’s our tea time snack. This is made using plantain or “Nendrapazham” which is highly nutritious and good source of potassium and vitamins A & C.

As any fritters banana fritters also made by dipping the plantain slices in sweetened flour and then deep fried or shallow fried in oil or butter.

Banana Fritters / Pazham Pori Recipe


  • 3 Ripened Banana /Nendrapazham
  • ¾ cup Plain Flour/Maida
  • 3 tbsp. Rice flour
  • A Pinch of Turmeric powder (to give the colour)
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • A pinch Salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • Oil for frying


  1. Peel the skin of banana and cut into two equal from center.
  2. Take one potion and cut into 3 slices lengthwise.
  3. So from one banana 6 slices are made. Slice other banana same way and keep it aside.

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