None of us want to diet, but when it gets to January and we're still holding on to those post-Christmas pounds, perhaps it's time for a few healthier choices at dinner time.
However, heathy eating doesn't have to be boring. It's not fair if you have to force yourself to eat an awful-tasting salad - the sadness of doing such a thing will lead you right back to french fries and chocolate.
That's why a naturally low-fat Japanese dish is probably the best way to go if you're thinking of losing weight this year - Japanese food is often low in fat and contains healthy proteins like tofu and fish, it's also very flavourful without the added calories. A good Japanese style salad dressing is the magic formula you need for tasty weightloss!
So how about a spicy soba noodle salad for lunch this week?
You Will Need
- 200g Soba Noodles
- 1 Cup Edame Beans
- 1 Cup Shredded Cabbage
- 1 Package of Tofu
- 1 Sliced Pepper
- 1 Tsp Finely Chopped Chili
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Spring Onions
- 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
- 3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Sriracha
- 1/2 Tsp Wasabi
- 1 Tsp Finely Chopped Ginger
- 2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
- Begin by boiling the noodles as per the packet instructions.
- Now whisk together the dressing; add the chili sauce, sriracha, wasabi, ginger, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil, and mix until perfectly combined.
- Set aside the dressing and cut your tofu into 6 even slices. Place them on a piece of kitchen roll, cover with another piece and then press them - try placing a large cookbook on top of them and a few tins. This draws out excess moisture.
- After 10 mins of pressing, place the tofu and dressing in a ziplock bag, seal and shake to cover, and add the chopped pepper and chili to the bag too.
- Heat up a griddle pan and place the tofu, peppers and chili on it. Sear on both sides and cook.
- Use the remaining sauce to dress the cooked soba noodles, toss in the sesame seeds too.
- Finally, mix the cooked noodles with the tofu, peppers, chilies and edamame beans. Allow to cool before serving - this dish is great in lunchboxes!