Blog By carausher on 10 July 2017

Switch it up! Noodle Dishes That You Should Be Trying

Did you know that the oldest mention of noodles came from a dictionary from the third century in China? Or that that noodles in China actually began with its tradition of bread, a dish of which is still widely eaten across northern China today?

When most of us think of noodles, we think of creamy pasta, fried Asian ramen dishes, and carbs. Perhaps, noodles are something some of us often crave but know that today, they are not as healthy as they once were in the third century. Especially when a stick of butter, cheese, and cream is poured on the top.

But the great thing is that there are so many healthier alternatives and different types of noodles these days! First of all, there are many different ways to make noodles – a fresh cold noodle salad, a soup, stir-fry, or even crunchy noodles. You don’t have to simply stick to the classic Italian way when it comes to watching your diet.

Asian Noodles

Soba noodles are made out of buckwheat flour and have a bit of a nutty flavor – slightly chewy compared to a flour-based noodle. These noodles make for a great sesame dish or a fresh chilled noodle salad with a peanut/ginger/sesame sauce. They are gluten-free!

Glass noodles are made from mung beans, yam, or potato starches, meaning that they are also generally gluten-free. They are versatile and can be used in a spring roll, stir fry, or chilled salad. One of my favorite glass noodle dishes: this rainbow glass noodle crunch salad. 

Rice noodles are generally what you will find in the common pho dish. They are made with rice flour and water, so again can be naturally gluten-free! These are also the noodles that are found in Pad Thai. They make a great base for a vegetable stir-fry, asian inspired soup like ramen, or even in a curry.

Veggie Noodles

Hello, Paleo friendly! Spaghetti squash, beets, asparagus shoots, shaved zucchini ribbons, spiralized sweet potato, shredded cucumbers or carrots, and slices of hearty eggplant all make colorful and tasty pasta substitutes. Cooking with veggie-noodles is easy and healthy. All you need is a spiralizer, to get creative with sauces, and you can make all of your favorite traditional pasta or noodle dishes with a nutritional bang, while keeping it low-calorie and carb! Sound like a win-win or what?

Noodle dishes can be very versatile, as they can be made hot or hold, with multiple different sauces, and toppings. They always make for colorful dishes and can make even the most intermediate cook look like a professional! Looking for a refreshing noodle dish, perfect for summertime? Try simply spiralizing a cucumber and topping it with grated ginger, mint, sesame seeds, and chili flakes.

You can make simple zucchini noodles with olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper. The best part about this? It will take you a mere 10 minutes to prepare!

Isn’t it amazing how such a simple food became such an incredible dish that is used all over the world? Now you can enjoy noodles again without feeling guilty from indulging in a heavy carb and calorie filled pasta dish. And if you haven’t tried one of our gluten-free, paleo-friendly noodle dishes – now is the time! Visit our website to learn more here.

Resources:

  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/08/the-history-of-noodles-how-a-simple-food-became-a-worldwide-staple/278637/
  2. https://food52.com/blog/12548-12-asian-noodles-you-should-be-eating-more-of-how-to-do-it