We all know that broccoli is a very nutritious vegetable, but at the same time it is not a kid’s favorite. So in order to make it interesting I have combined a kid’s favorite, which is noodles with broccoli and I have to say that it was a success since my son had no complaints. I have roasted broccoli instead of steaming and it made the dish even tastier. To add an extra touch I also roasted some tofu and it was truly delicious. This dish can be made easily with a little planning and multitasking. The roasting can be totally skipped and the broccoli can be steamed if the dish needs to be made in a jiffy.
Broccoli is a rich source of iron, protein, calcium, vitamins and also contains important antioxidants. Tofu on the other hand is a very good source of soy protein and iron. So this is one healthy dish packed with nutrients. Off to the recipe.
4 servings spaghetti
Tomato sauce (I used store bought prego sauce)
For roasting tofu
1 box hard tofu (pressed for 15 minutes to remove water content)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp chilli sauce
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
Pinch of turmeric
For roasting broccoli
5 cups broccoli florets
4 tsp olive oil
Boil the spaghetti as per package instructions and keep it aside.
In the meantime get the broccoli ready for roasting. Take the broccoli in a bowl and toss it with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 425F for around 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye after 10 minutes as we don’t want it to become black.
Look at the yummy roasted broccoli. It was so delicious and I could not stop eating it off the sheet. This alone can also serve as a healthy snack.
Lets get the tofu started. Press the tofu for around 15 minutes by placing a plate with something heavy over it. I just used 2 cans of beans. Next cut into cubes.
Add soy sauce, chilli sauce, ginger paste, garlic paste and turmeric. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
Lower the oven to 375F and place the tofu on a baking sheet. After 15 minutes take it out and move it around and place it back for another 15 minutes.
Roasted tofu is ready. This again was so delicious that I was happily munching away
. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and tasted great.
Time to assemble the dish. Toss the spaghetti with sauce and then add the broccoli and tofu. All done .. simple right. It is so colorful and tasty. Another look at the healthy dish.
1. Tofu can be omitted.
2. Broccoli can be steamed instead of roasted.
Sending this to Healthy Lunchbox Ideas – Broccoli started by Kalyani
and hosted by me.
Sending this to Radhika’s Chinese Cuisine