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    Chard and peanut soba noodle bowls

    This dish is delicious warm or cold, so leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 25 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    400g Swiss chard, roughly shredded
    400g soba noodles
    2 tbsp tahini
    2 tbsp peanut butter
    2 tsp soy sauce
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    50g fresh root ginger, grated
    2 limes, juice
    ½ tsp sunflower oil
    200g smoked tofu, cut into cubes

    PICKLED CUCUMBER
    1 tbsp caster sugar
    2 tbsp rice vinegar
    25g fresh root ginger, grated
    pinch chilli flakes (optional)
    ½ cucumber, sliced into thin rounds

    Method

    1. For the pickled cucumber, heat the sugar and vinegar with 100ml water in a small saucepan, until the sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat and stir in the ginger, chilli flakes (if using) and cucumber; season and set aside.

    2. Drop the chard into a pan of boiling, salted water and cook for 2-3 minutes until wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chard to a colander, then rinse under cold water and leave to drain. Add the noodles to the same pan of boiling water and cook according to pack instructions. Drain, rinse well under cold water, then tip into a large bowl. In a blender, whizz together the tahini, peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, lime juice, ½ the cooked chard and 3-4 tbsp water. Pour over the noodles and toss to combine; season.

    3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan then stir-fry the tofu for 4-5 minutes until golden. Scoop it out onto a plate, then add the remaining chard to the pan, season and sauté for 2-3 minutes until piping hot. Divide the noodles between 4 shallow bowls and top with the tofu, wilted chard and pickled cucumber (discarding the pickling liquid).

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, August 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue

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