Mmmm noodle bowls. A perfect Sunday meal after a busy and meat-full weekend! I created this meal last weekend after a full weekend of visiting and entertaining with friends. My husband Stuart and I were just so full and felt like our bodies were working hard to digest the giant meal we ate on Saturday. You know that feeling? Usually after a celebration or night out, perhaps accompanied by one too many drinks and you just aren’t hungry. This soup is comforting and fresh, a little salty but not too salty like a bowl of Pho at your local Vietnamese restaurant.
Make sure you read labels for gluten-free Soba noodles to keep this meal low FODMAP, as some varieties are made with wheat. Also make sure you use tamari, which is basically wheat-free soy sauce and avoid the mushrooms if they are a trigger food for you.
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Low FODMAP Recipe: Soba Noodle Bowl with Tofu & Cilantro
1 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of chili flakes
1/2 cup fennel, diced
1 large (1 cup) carrot, sliced into thin rounds
1 stalk celery, diced small
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
4 cups water
2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock (onion and garlic free)
1 1/2 Tbsp tamari
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp parsley
1/8 tsp ground coriander
1 to 2 packs (400 g) firm tofu, diced into small cubes
1 pack (250 g) gluten free Soba noodles, broken in half
Fresh cilantro, diced green onions (the green parts only!), and lemon or lime
Heat olive oil in a large metal pot at medium heat. Add chili, fennel, carrot & celery. Sauté 5 to 7 minutes until tender.
*FODMAP Note: You could also add mushrooms at this stage if they aren’t a trigger for your symptoms, but for those just starting the Low FODMAP diet, know that mushrooms are high in FODMAPs. If using, add up to 4 cups of sliced cremini or shitake mushrooms (or maybe start with just a cup or two if you are challenging this FODMAP group) and sauté 3 minutes more.
Add rice vinegar to deglaze pan, scrapping up brown bits off the bottom. Add water, stock, tamari, ginger, parsley, and coriander. Bring to a boil, partially cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Add tofu and cook 10 minutes more. Meanwhile, cook the Soba noodles according to package directions.
Add 1 cup noodles to each bowl and poor soup over top. Serve with fresh cilantro, green onions and a squeeze of lime or lemon.
Much love & good eating,