After taking a bit of a break from social media, I’m happy to be back sharing this air-fried sesame tofu noodle salad. In my excess free time I’ve spent it meal prepping and recipe testing for new content. I’ve also taken this time to calm my mind and focus on myself. Even if it was only a two week leave – I feel like I’ve learned so much.
I don’t take the time to get personal in these posts as often as I should or wish I would. To be honest, I’ve been having a hard time this year. It’s been a daily struggle working through my anxiety and depression. I don’t say this for pity, merely the opposite. I want to celebrate the fact that I’m still here. Trying my hardest to be a better person and love myself unconditionally as I navigate through this everlasting journey to mental and physical wellness.
It has always been a goal of mine to truly feel my best by losing weight and gaining a deeper sense of self in the process. How can you ever expect to alter your image without loving it first? It’s taken me many years to learn that negativity gets you nowhere in life. Especially true in regards to how you internalize your self-worth. I grew up always telling myself I wasn’t good enough, no one would love me and being overweight is ugly. Little did I know those years of verbally bashing myself would finally lead up to the day I stopped spewing such hateful thoughts. This year I’ve made it my mission to quiet that voice and learn to treat myself with respect. Through meditation, mantras – you name it. But most importantly through my diet and daily practice to heal my body with whole foods.
Of course, this isn’t a one and done concept. Each day is new and full of ups and downs. But over the last two weeks I’ve been able to further ground myself and stop the triggers I was facing on a daily basis through social media. Albeit, my job replies heavily on keeping up a social presence. Thus I made the return after I felt strong enough to come back. But now I know I will be taking time away more often and making sure to focus on whats real and really matters to me most.
It’s so easy to get caught up in other’s lives, neglecting to live your own in the process.
These two weeks of solitude have taught me the importance of walking away from anything that isn’t serving me or my true self. I have the power to change my mindset and let all the negativity drift away. I have the strength to surround myself with positivity. And I finally have the will to accept I deserve all of that and so much more!
With that being said, my happy place is anywhere that offers vegan food. Better known as the grocery store. I’ve partnered with Kroger to share this fresh and filling tofu noodle salad that I’m currently obsessed with. If you know me, you know my heart is made of carbs and food brings me joy. Especially the process of making food and sharing it with loved ones. With the abundance of time I’ve gained by prying myself away from my cell phone, I’ve been making more meals full of fresh ingredients. I love a good salad, but I really love a salad that’s secretly a vehicle for noodles and crispy tofu.
I’ve been playing around with my air-fryer and absolutely love it for crisping up tofu. I typically refrain from all added oils, but today I used this Simple Truth vinaigrette to season the tofu before “frying”. Actually, once I added the whole bottle of vinaigrette and then removed the tofu. I poured the excess back into the bottle and only ended up using about 2-3 tbsp. You can of course use whatever you’d like best for that. Even a simple blend of coconut aminos and a splash of rice vinegar tastes amazing. I used a bit of the marinade to toss the brown rice noodles in after boiling. This helps them not stick together. I also toss in the green onion right after draining the noodles so they can slightly steam it. You can add any and all veggies you love most to this dish. I like to stick with shredded carrots, cilantro and spring onions because they’re easy to prep and I always have them on hand.
If you give this recipe a try I would love to see your recreation. Especially if you put your own spin on it! Definitely snap a photo and tag me on Instagram @PlantPhilosophy using the hashtag #PlantPhilosophy so I don’t miss it. It makes my day seeing your photos.
Thanks for reading along and always supporting me and my passion.
Asian Sesame Air-Fried Tofu Noodle SaladPrep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins
Inactive 1 hour
Total 1 hour, 55 mins
- 1 block Extra Firm Tofu, pressed & marinaded
- 3 bunches of Romaine Lettuce, shredded
- 16 oz. Brown Rice Noodles, cooked
- 4-6 Spring Onions, thinly sliced
- 2 Carrots, thinly sliced