This girl is always looking for healthy, delicious meal ideas to take to work. I work 12 hour days so I need something that will be filling and nutrient dense, but also feels satisfying. We have 30 minutes for lunch so I don’t have time to be doing a lot of heating/putting things together so I like something that is easy to prep as well.
This soba noodle dish is a great option that meets both of those requirements. It’s filled with cabbage, cilantro and bell pepper (I used a red one) and the peanut sauce makes gives it that extra oomph to make it completely satisfying.
I had some raw spinach along with this meal to get some extra greens in, but I think it would be completely fine on it’s own. The soba noodles and veggies give some good carbs, the tofu lends the protein, and the spicy peanut sauce adds fat to keep me going strong for the rest of my shift.
If you are interested in making this concoction just chop up some of your favorite veggies (broccoli, any color bell pepper, snap peas, green beans, mushrooms, cauliflower), boil up some noodles, cook up whatever protein you have on hand and make some peanut sauce.
I seasoned my tofu with just salt and pepper since I knew it would be coated in peanut sauce anyways, but you can always add whatever seasoning you prefer.
For my peanut sauce I always use a 1 to 1 ratio of PB, water, and soy sauce. You can add brown sugar or honey for a touch of sweetness (add to taste). I enjoy heat so I always add some chili flakes, sriracha, or both for some spice. Seasoning wise I will add in what I have (fresh minced garlic, garlic powder, ginger powder, etc). Last, but not least I always add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten it all up (lime juice will also work).
I thought about sautéing the veggies, but decided against it since I had prepped this for a few days of work lunches. I also left out all my veggies (including cilantro) till I was ready to eat because I hate soggy veggies!
This meal was totally satisfying and delicious and it will definitely be on my regular lunch rotation now!
If you try this “recipe” out let me know what you think or if you have your own soba noodle salad recipe let me know what your favorite add-ins are! Happy hump day 🙂