Monday, March 9, 2009

Sweet n' Hot Noodles

One great thing about having a blog is you get to pontificate from time to time. Tonight's topic: the reusable shopping bag. Now, as much as I love the reusable shopping bag, it exemplifies the band-aid solutions were are taking to environmental problems. Using the shopping bag gives people a false sense that they are making a difference without making much of a difference at all. Tell me: what's the point of using a reusable shopping bag only to fill it up heavily packaged, heavily processed crap, and animal products that are helping destroy the planet? The disconnect drives me mad. I am sure people are wondering why I squirm a lot in the checkout line. UPDATE: I should stop being a Pretentious Green Ass, according to this article.


OK, now that that's out of my system, on to the food. Kind of a cop-out recipe, to be honest. But it is simple, fast, and tasty for a busy weekday night. The sauce and the noodles just go so well together.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 pkg tofu, cubed, prepared in whatever way suits your fancy (plain, crispy, etc.)
- double recipe of sweet chili sauce
- 130g rice vermicelli
- 2 tbsp oil
- 3 green onion, thinly sliced

METHOD
1. Prep tofu and make the sauce. Prep noodles according to directions on the box (I soak mine in boiling water). Drain noodles.
2. Heat oil in a wok over med-hi heat. Add noodles and fry for a few min, until they start to go translucent. Add sauce and tofu and mix well. Let bubble for a few mins, letting the sauce soak into the noodles a bit.
3. Stir in green onion, mix well, and serve.

30 comments:

Debbie said...

Fair enough, but if it makes you feel better some of us do fill our reusable shopping bags and produce bags (that we make ourselves out of recycled materials) with un-packaged whole foods as much as possible. Not enough of us, but some.

Overall, however, point taken.

in.rainbows said...

New-ish blog reader - I am really enjoying your updates.

Also, I couldn't agree more with your pontification!

Alida Saxon said...

I don't think you should discourage people from doing the little things, so long as they realize that getting a reusable bag can't be their ONLY contribution.

I like the reusable because they're sturdy for walking home with, but I still make use of the disposable when I end up with them, because I reuse them as trash bags. I haven't bought trashbags in years.

Mary said...

Looks tasty! Is there a recipe for the sweet chili sauce?

Vegetation said...

Mmmm yum! Plus, I think simple, fast and tasty is a bonus :D

Macie said...

I'm hungry and this looks wonderful, so I am literally drooling. I love vermicelli noodles with fried tofu -- the perfect textural combo.

I know what you mean about the reusable bags. I get especially annoyed by people who use those bags but then put their bunch of bananas into another plastic disposable produce bag. WHY? The bananas aren't going to go anywhere. Just put them in your cart and leave it at that. Same for lots of other veggies/fruits. /end rant.

HayMarket8 said...

I could not agree with you more about the band-aid solution. It drives me mad and goes far beyond re-useable bags. On a more pleasant note, your noodles look really nice. In fact, most all of your food and pics look great. Are you a photographer?

VeganWoman said...

Like the dish for an easy and quick meal. Will try it soon! thanks

Lauren said...

looks so great - and easy! one question: are you referring to a recipe on your blog when you say "double recipe sweet chili sauce?" If I were going to substitute with a store-bought sweet chili sauce, how much should I use?

thanks!!

Alison said...

I totally grock your frustration. I really try to make as much from scratch as possible and we are working on reducing not only our household trash output, but also our recycling out-put. And yet, the natural foods store we shop at prepackages all their bulk at a ware house to keep costs down, which prevents me from using my own containers. I could drive 24 miles round trip to a different store, but that would likely zero out my efforts! And, shopping at the non-natural foods store is completely frightening -- I swear that 95% of what they sell shouldn't even be considered food!

Eating Consciously said...

LOL! about the using of reusable shopping bags when your essentially making little or no impact on the environment when consuming animal products. I use my reusable bags, but since I'm vegan, I feel as though I'm allowed. ;)

Holly said...

Well, what's worse? A reusable bag filled with heavily packaged/processed crap and animal products, or a one-time-use plastic bag filled with heavily packaged/processed crap and animal products? The reusable bag does make some difference. Your argument reminds me of what some omnis say to me: "Well you can't avoid killing animals. Harvesting crops kills mice, worms and insects. Driving your car, using your computer, they all use animal products. So why bother going vegan at all?" Because it does make some difference.

Vegan Dad said...

Holly,
I'm not saying to give up the reuseable shopping bag, just to be sensible about what is going into the bag.

be'ershevaboheme6 said...

While I see your frustration, I just don't think it's fair to berate people for trying to make a difference. I don't put my veggies in produce bags if I can help it, and steer clear of as many packaged foods as I can....but even if I DIDN'T do all that...my reusable bags, at 6 every time I shop....once a week 52 weeks a year...that's 312 bags! (Probably more, because the plastic are smaller) And I'm just shopping for myself and my boyfriend...think of a family of a 6..like my mom was shopping for until myself and my siblings grew up and moved out. 312 bags...that's a heck of a difference I'd say.

abyssal said...

Pontification is a bound round to the food blog. Or a "rant," as I called mine. ;)

Andy said...

First off, love your blog. I check it regularly to get ideas for my cooking. Secondly, I feel you on your frustration. Living in a state where being a vegan is looked at as crazy and borderline un-American, tackling other green related issues has also produced some frowns and looks of disgust. For example taking my compostable goods home from work with me is viewed as weird and borderline crazy. But, in doing so it has provided me with some great opportunities to share some the green knowledge that I have and even get people to think about the things that they consume and the way they dispose of things. All in all, thanks for the great blog. Keep up the good work.

Ashley N. said...

I think a lot of people are taking what you said the wrong way, but I understand.

It's sad when you buy a bunch of fruits and vegetables and grains and the people around you in line say, "Oh! You're a health nut!" No, that's just food, and what I make is by no means considered "health food." Some folks definitely have a pretty blurry line between what is classified as "food" and "junk food."

For some people the reusable bag is like a get out of jail free card. "Yes, I buy heavily packaged garbage...but I have a canvas shopping bag!" It's not bad that they have them and it definitely makes a difference, which I don't believe you ever said that it didn't make a difference at all.

As annoying as it is that green sort of became "trendy," making it even tougher to sort out what's 'green' and what isn't these days, I can't think of a better trend right now off the top of my head. It's better than when girls started wearing thongs that came up higher above the top of their trousers har har.

But yes, it would really be nice if people thought about their actions more instead of just saying that's it, I've done enough, now give me my hot pockets brand pocket sandwiches. And that's not judging individuals, but the human race generally.

Ashley N. said...

Oh wait! You DID say they weren't making a difference at all. SHAME VEGAN DAD, SHAME! :D

Karyn said...

You are right, simple, fast & tasty!

I feel like such a dork though, I never even thought to make my own sweet chile sauce. I will from now on though. Thanks for the recipe.

Vegan Dad said...

Ahsley N.,
I said people think they are making a difference "without making much of a difference at all." But I still feel some shame.

jrsimon56 said...

Ooooohhh...this looks so good!

lulaeats said...

This recipe is so so delicious. It was a huge hit at our house!
mc
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Tina said...

This looks really yuuuummm!

FV said...

I am making this tonight. Love the blog, love the recipes, and thankk!!!!

Misty said...

The food looks DELICIOUS and I love you for your maple dijon brussel sprouts recipe that I now make at least once a week.

BUT... come on and be nice. I'd rather everyone did a little something as opposed to nothing at all. And a little something usually leads to a little awareness and hopefully a little more something and a little more something...

Jamie the Foodie said...

i love asian food & this looks pretty easy. i am saving it in my "to try" file. looks great! thanks for all the great recipes!

elizabeth said...

I love the sweet and hot noodle recipe; it is better than some thai food I have had.
The meatball recipe was delicious; revised it to my italian meatball recipe replacing the meat with the tempeh and gluten; used soy parmesan instead of nutritional yeast and only using oregano and basil for spices; after frying the meatballs and soaking them in sauce, just before serving place the meatballs in a bowl in a steamer; put the steamer over the pot of boiling water for your pasta; when the pasta is done the meatballs are hot; they come out so moist.

miss v said...

i take my reusable shopping bag to the local market and buy lots of produce. i feel good and i support my local farmers (even though i also have a garden).

i also use it when i'm at the store buying canned veggies or frozen veggies... especially when local produce is hard to come buy. i also fill it with goodies from local bakeries and such...

Anonymous said...

Here's my version. Yum! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The Sweet N Hot noodles were a big hit. My children's non vegetarian friends loved it too. Thanks for the recipe.