Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Noodle Kaboodle!!

I recently got into Family Guy. Prior to just recently, I just didn't get it. It was too gross, and is the baby really talking? Do people understand him? Why is the dog walking upright? I had to give up on my reality perspective and I found out that while it still too gross sometimes, it is pretty damn funny. This dish is my Family Guy tribute. I have no recollection of what else is happening in the episode, but the family is sitting down to dinner and Brian compliments Lois' cooking and she replies something like "Oh Brian, it's just Noodle Kaboodle!!" Other than mentioning the potato chip topping, I have no idea what is in a Noodle Kaboodle -- nonetheless, I decided to make it happen. And so, here is my very own version of noodle kaboodle. It's fairly simple tasting and sort of reminiscent of a boxed noodleroni type dinner. It doesn't have a potato chip topping (you know what? I just can't. Feel free to though if you want!), but it's still a creamy and delicious comfort food!

Noodle Kaboodle
8 oz eggless egg noodles
1 tbsp olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced
1 large or 2 small broccoli crowns, cut into small bite-sized pieces
1 cup frozen peas
8 oz turkey style seitan, cut into cubes *
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 30 minutes in hot water
12 oz soft silken tofu (1 box mori nu)
1 1/2 cups plain soymilk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 tbsp canola oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Plain Breadcrumbs (ok, or crushed potato chips) for topping

1. Prepare the egg-less noodles according to package directions.

2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and sautee the broccoli and carrots until tender crisp. Add the frozen peas and stir to heat through.

3. In a blender or food processor, puree the (drained) cashews and the silken tofu together until smooth. Set aside.

4. In a large skillet or medium pot, heat the 3 tbsp of canola oil, then add the 3 tbsp flour. Whisk together over low heat until light brown and toasty smelling (for those in the know, make a roux). Slowly whisk in the soymilk. Most of it will thicken up right away. Add the tofu mixture, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Mix everything together and pour it into a 9X13" baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs (yes, yes, or potato chips) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are toasty.

Naked Kaboodle!! Pre-bread crumbs. You get a better view of the veggies and seitan and nice creamy sauce!

*I used 1/2 a loaf of Bryanna Clark Grogan's seitan turkey that I had in my freezer. Her seitan turkey and ham are really quite good, but it's a day long project to make them, so every now and then I'll spend an entire day and make about four loaves and cut them in half and freeze them to use when I need seitan meats. Chicken style seitan would work here too, as would Morningstar Chik'n Strips too, most likely.


Shay said...

That looks awesome! Comfort food at its finest.

Rachael said...

This sounds really good!

Anonymous said...

HA! I *knew* someone would have done this... I too was curious about what Noodle Caboodle was, frankly I figured it was some regional New England thing that I simple never heard of... Life Imitates Art I guess - Props for this creation - it does sound good.

(I'd go for the chips, but not the reeses pieces that I think she said she used when she ran out of chips...) *shudder*

Anonymous said...

Lol, I was searching for this recipe. XD Props to you for making your own. =)

I'm glad you didn't include the red M&Ms Lois used to substitute paprika...Yeeeeww...XD

Danielle said...

Hahah I saw the same Family Guy episode and looked up Noodle caboodle because of it. Love it.

fairlyodd said...

Any person who would create a recipe based on family guy must be made of awesome! You are my hero!

ozzwing said...

Wow, that episode of Family Guy is on right this moment & that is why I google'd Noodle Kaboodle! Nice to know I'm not the only one getting recipe ideas from a cartoon! :)

Anonymous said...

Peter: Hey, what are these little small things on the inside?
Lois: They're M&M's. I ran out of paprika.
Brian: Aw, but Lois, your culinary skills are among the finest of all...
Lois: It's just noodle caboodle...
Stewie: Mommy, Stewie wants to go uppy!
Lois: Awwwww, this little guy's affectionate tonight!
Stewie: Momma has candy kisses! Oh YES! Another! And another!
Brian: Grrrrrrrrr!
LOL, I thought this was hilarious when I bought the boxset of all series. Best 70 dollars ever spent. Thanks for the recipe, I will upload pictures of my result soon.

Anonymous said...

And again it is on right now and I HAD to look up Noodle Caboodle!! Long live Family Guy! (and delish comfort food!)

Anonymous said...

Haha. Am glad am not th only 1 curious about family guys noodle kaboodle. Think al hav 2 giv it a try n hope it tastes as good as brian thinks it does.

Matt said...

You should have paprika added to it. Lois says she included m&ms in hers because she ran out of paprika.