Summer Roll Noodle Bowls Fresh and Healthy Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes (approx, depending on protein)

Ingredients

For the bowls

  • 8 ounces thin rice noodles
  • 1 pound cooked protein (shrimp, chicken, tofu, or your favorite)
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced or spiralized
  • 1 large carrot, shredded or spiralized
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Fresh herbs: mint, basil, cilantro (use what you like)

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (natural is best)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water (to adjust consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or more to taste)

Instructions

1. Make the Peanut Sauce

  • Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Adjust the amount of water to reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness or spice as needed.

2. Cook Noodles

  • Prepare the rice noodles according to package directions.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water.

3. Prep Protein

  • Shrimp: If using raw shrimp, season and cook in a pan until pink and cooked through.
  • Chicken: If using raw chicken, season and cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Shred or slice cooked chicken.
  • Tofu: Slice or cube firm tofu. Season, and pan fry or bake until golden brown.

4. Assemble the Bowls

  • Divide the noodles among four bowls.
  • Arrange the cooked protein, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, and bean sprouts (if using) attractively over the noodles.

5. Finishing Touches

  • Drizzle generously with peanut sauce.
  • Top with chopped peanuts and a mix of fresh herbs.

Additional Tips

Play with textures: Add other crunchy vegetables like thinly sliced radishes or cabbage.

Customize your protein: Swap the protein or go vegetarian!

Meal Prep: Make components ahead of time. Store the sauce, noodles, cooked protein, and prepped veggies separately in the refrigerator. Assemble right before serving.

Spice it up: Add a drizzle of chili oil or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for extra heat.

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