Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Black Bean Noodles

So much going on here lately. The battle to keep our community school open continues . . . hard to say if we are making progress. I also broke my KitchenAid mixer, which means I had to close down the bakery. I was planning to stop when the baby came in June, so this just hastened the inevitable. There was no way to knead everything by hand and still make money. It's still sad, though, because I really enjoyed baking for the neighbourhood. But, there is still plenty of other things to do, which means quick and easy meals like this are always welcome.


INGREDIENTS
The amounts are up to you, depending on how many mouths you have to feed.
- noodles (I use an eggless chow mein noodle)
- broccoli, but into small florets
- minced garlic
- tofu, cut into cubes
- black beans, rinsed and drained
- black bean sauce
- hoisin sauce
- green onions, sliced

METHOD
1. Cook noodles as per the directions given.
2. While noodles are cooking, heat a wok over high heat. Add a few splashes of water along with the broccoli. Stir fry broccoli in the water for a few mins, until it gets tender but is still bright green (add more water when needed).
3. Add garlic and tofu and fry for a few mins, adding more water, if needed.
4. Add cooked noodles to the pan, along with the beans. Add enough sauce to your liking. Heat through. Add sliced green onions, stir well, and serve.

21 comments:

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

Yum! I love anything with black beans.

Thebeginningandtheend said...

Kneading is absolutely possible without a mixer, I owned an artisan bakery and didn't own a single mixer. And no, it's not terribly difficult or labor intensive.

Bianca said...

I love seeing new recipes that call for black bean sauce. Its so good, but I never know what to do with it besides stir-fry.

Sorry to hear about your Kitchen Aid...RIP.

katie said...

whoa, Vegan Dad! I didn't know you all were expecting. Congratulations! I'm sorry to hear about your mixer and the bakery, but now you know what to ask for for your birthday or Christmas -- a new mixer and some time to bake.

Claire said...

Vegan Mom is pregnant?! Congratulations guys!

Macie said...

I really hope everything goes okay with the school. Best of luck.

Mmm... black beans! :)

Anonymous said...

More often than not, visting this website,for some reason, crashes my computer or at the very least, boots me out of Explorer. But I keep coming back because there are gems here, like the Protein Power Muffins, which (although I've tweaked the recipe substantially still maintains the essence of the original recipe) I make every single week, and this photo of the Black Bean Noodles, which makes me drool and now I will be watching the clock til I can leave work and go home and make some for dinner...mmm.

Oraphan said...

What a clever idea! I love quick and easy recipes. This one is just perfect for me, thanks. Hope everything will be alright with you soon. I love your blog!

KittyPaws said...

That looks amazing! I was wondering where you find your eggless chow mein noodles?

jeannie said...

Hi, Vegan Dad! I am a newcomer to your site, and I just LOVE it. I am gradually reducing the amount of animal products my husband and I consume, and I can tell your site will be a huge help. I already made the mac & cheez, and it's great. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Yum! Looks great, I might have to try this one.

Recipe man said...

black beans are so healthy!

thanks

DJ said...

This looks superb - my kids love noodles so I can see this becoming a quick and easy favourite.

ashley on fire said...

I just found this blog, I'm excited to check it out! I'm trying your granola bars from a couple years ago!

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Your last two posts look delicious! I'll definitely try the Channa Saag, as I need to up my leafy green intake. Kale is sooo amazing!

Jess said...

Vegan Dad, I'm about to buy a mixer for my birthday present-to-self and I was going to buy a KitchenAid, I was looking at the Artisan but I've read mixed reviews. What has your experience been like using it for bread? Any feedback would be great, I'm dying to make fluffy icings and ravioli, maybe even ice cream one day *swoon*
But alas, I am a starving grad student and can't afford to make a poor purchase here. So yes, thoughts? Was the break-down coincidental, or is the craftsmanship questionable?

Thanks for your time!

Vegan Dad said...

Jess,
I have the Professional 5 mixer (http://www.everythingkitchens.com/kitchenaid_pro_5_plus_mixer.html). I like it very much because the bowl has a 12 cup capacity. It also has the wider bowl than the Artisan. Now, on to repairs. First, the transmission housing cracked. This was because it was plastic and could not handle the force of kneading dough. I orered a replacement, and it was metal. I guess they realized the error of their ways. The second repair (pending) is the metal rod that the dough hook attaches to. Not sure exactly why this happened--perhaps overuse. The replacement part is $34, which is better than buying a new one. The engine is fine, and I hope the mixer will last for many more years.

Beth said...

This was awesome!
I did not have as much broccoli on hand as I would have liked, so I supplemented with baby spinach and edamame. Yum!

On Life, Love and Veggies said...

Wow, you bake bread for your whole neighborhood? That is wicked awesome. My father-in-law told me about how is Grandma used to do the same thing for their family back in the Bahamas. Everyone was really poor :/ I always say my husband should do the same thing with our circle of friends because he loves baking bread and trying new things, especially with sourdough. I love reading your posts and trying your recipes - thanks a lot!
-Jessica B.

Joi said...

This is a great recipe! Dh would love to find this in his lunch box. :)

Janey said...

Is that dish possible with an 18 quart roaster oven? It looks amazing and I really want to try it. I really hope you get to start baking again soon!