Quick and easy tofu cabbage noodle bowl with lots of veggies and cabbage noodles. This meal takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It’s tasty, vegan and gluten-free!

Last week I bought a head of cabbage to make cabbage soup. I was debating between this one with cabbage and lentils, a homemade minestrone or something new. By the time Thursday rolled around I was ready for a meal that didn’t consist of soup so I decided to do something completely different with the cabbage…

Make a tofu stir-fry and use the cabbage a noodle substitute. Veggies noodles are all the rage right now — if you’ve been on Pinterest in the last year or heard of spiralizing, you’ll know what exactly I’m talking about.

Tofu Veggie Noodle Bowl with Cabbage Noodles

See how noodle-like the cabbage is?

I love veggie noodles and my spiralizer! For cabbage noodles you can use a spiralizer if you have one,  but you can also use a knife.

How to Make Cabbage Noodles Without a Spiralizer:

  1. Take your head of cabbage and remove outer leaves.
  2. Using a sharp knife (a serrated knife works best), cut off the core from the bottom and then cut the cabbage head in half.
  3. Place each cabbage half cut-side-down and start making thin slices lengthwise. This will give you thin strips of cabbage — aka noodles. 🙂
  4. You’ll likely end up with some pieces that look more like chunks than noodles. Simply chop them up and use as a topping for salad or in another recipe.

Cabbage noodles (and all other veggie noodles) are awesome! They’re packed with vitamins and minerals, low in calories and overall a more nutrient dense choice than regular ol’ pasta. I also like that they’re a little crunchy so they add some texture as well.

I love love love cabbage so naturally this cabbage noodle bowl is a winner in my book.  The sautéed cabbage gives the dish a caramelized sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the Asian style sauce.  The extra veggies bring a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic dish and the walnuts add a nutty, crunchy component.

And of course, you can totally sriracha it up to add a little spice before digging in. That’s what I did!

Tofu Veggie Noodle Bowl with Cabbage Noodles with Sriracha

The dish comes together really quickly once you have all the veggies chopped and you only use one skillet so clean up is a breeze.

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If you try this tofu veggie noodle bowl or the cabbage noodles, please let me know by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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Tofu Veggie Noodle Bowl with Cabbage Noodles


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3

Description

This flavorful tofu cabbage noodle bowl is a healthy weeknight meal option. It’s quick, easy, packed with veggies and also vegan and gluten-free. 


Ingredients

  • 12 ounces extra firm tofu, pressed and drained
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium tamari
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoons minced garlic (23 large cloves)
  • 12 cups fresh broccoli, chopped into bite-size florets
  • 1 medium cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1/2 pound, 5 cups chopped)
  • 1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu into small cubes.
  2. In a small bowl combine the vegetable stock, tamari, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Once melted, add the tofu and stir-fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining coconut oil into the same skillet. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the bell pepper, carrot and broccoli and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until they begin to soften. Then add the cabbage. Stir-fry for 1 minute, add salt and pepper to taste, and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Return the tofu to the skillet, stir in the walnuts and the stock/soy sauce mixture and stir-fry for another minute, until it has just about evaporated. It’s okay if there’s still a little liquid in the pan. Remove from the heat and serve.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe
  • Calories: 344
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 17g

Keywords: tofu with cabbage noodles

 

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    22 comments
    1. Allie
      February 3, 2020 AT 3:25 pm

      Loved this recipe! I added mushrooms for extra veggies, but this was super tasty!! Definitely adding to my lunch rotation!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 4, 2020 AT 12:28 am

        Yay!! So glad you loved this recipe, Allie. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    2. JP
      January 29, 2020 AT 10:20 am

      Great tasting. Super easy. Adding to the rotation.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 29, 2020 AT 11:37 pm

        Woot woot! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, JP. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
      March 3, 2015 AT 8:03 am

      Oh my god! What an awesome idea of cabbage noodles. I just loved this bowl is full of heavenly ingredients! 🙂

    4. RFC
      March 2, 2015 AT 7:41 am

      This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to cook and use tofu.

    5. bemomstrong
      February 28, 2015 AT 8:03 am

      Justin and I are going vegetarian for March, so will have to give this a try!
      Emma

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2015 AT 8:19 am

        Oh nice! You’ll have to let me know how going vegetarian goes for you guys. 🙂

    6. Arman @ thebigmansworld
      February 26, 2015 AT 10:04 pm

      Can’t say I’ve had cabbage as a noodle substitute before but do like it with fried noodles 😉 Love the combinations of flavours in it and ironically, I have a huge cabbage with me after a failed experiment!

    7. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
      February 26, 2015 AT 7:33 pm

      CABBAGE NOODLES?! WHAT?! I did not even think that was a thing! Now that I have a spiralizer, I totally need to try this! And I just started enjoying tofu, so I am all over this! Pinned!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2015 AT 2:08 pm

        Thanks Taylor! I hope you get to try it. 🙂

    8. Patty @ Reach Your Peak
      February 26, 2015 AT 2:11 pm

      I love the idea of cabbage noodles! I’m not a tofu fan, but am trying to be more meatless, so another option a vegan friend recommended was seitan…I have yet to try it though!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 26, 2015 AT 2:50 pm

        I’m not a big fan of seitan, but definitely try it to see if you like it. 🙂 You could also use edamame or beans instead of the tofu here.

    9. Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
      February 26, 2015 AT 7:44 am

      I bought a cabbage like 2 weeks ago and it is taking me forever to use it up! I swear they are like the never ending vegetable haha. I’m definitely going to try this recipe with it!

    10. Cara’s Healthy Cravings
      February 26, 2015 AT 7:08 am

      I love adding different dressings to my “slaws” and noodle salads, this one looks so great. Sesame oil always adds such a nice flavour.

    11. Marie7794
      February 26, 2015 AT 6:37 am

      Im sure trying that soon! But do you had broccoli in the skillet with bell pepper ? It is in the ingredient list but doesn’t appears in directions ! Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 26, 2015 AT 8:19 am

        Oops! Yes, you add the broccoli with the bell pepper and carrot.

    12. Millie | Add A Little
      February 25, 2015 AT 3:05 pm

      Looks yummy and so full of veg! Yum!

    13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      February 25, 2015 AT 2:54 pm

      Ohh this looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    14. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      February 25, 2015 AT 1:36 pm

      That looks so good! And I’ve been wanting to find more things to use my spiralizer for so this is perfect 😉

    15. amanda
      February 25, 2015 AT 1:08 pm

      Cabbage sounds like it would make great veggie noodles and I love that they don’t require a spiralizer. I would make a big batch of this for much lunches for the week. It would be nice a smelly too 😉

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