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Healthy Eating: Asian Noodle Bowls

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COMFORT FOOD

When you think of comfort food I’m sure certain items come to mind. Ice Cream, Donuts, and an entire bag of chips. Maybe even things you remember from childhood. Really just food that fills the emotional need at the time. There was a time I did as well. I still am somewhat obsessed with ice cream.
 
After having my Gall Bladder out and several trips to the hospital with Acid Reflux Disease. I had to take a closer look at food in general. This was around the time the Gluten-Free revolution was at its peak a few years ago and I had to embrace healty eating
 
I read several books and the one that resonated with me was The Wheat Belly. I knew I didn’t have Celiac Disease but I wondered if I could be sensitive to gluten. Many are unable to digest gluten which is found in wheat flour. Wheat flour is in everything these days.
 
Now we are all led to believe wheat flour is good for us but just the opposite is true. It is manufacturing, processing genius. Wheat flour increases hunger, so in effect, we keep eating and keep buying.
 
Though I am not on a strict gluten free diet anymore, I do still try to stay away from it as much as I can. I don’t prescribe when advising others on food choices to engage in an all or nothing eating philosophy. It is smarter to make the gradual change, so it will last longer.
 
In a gluten free diet, you eat a lot of rice products and this was where I discovered my love of rice noodles.
 
 

RICE NOODLES

Rice noodles contain less sugar and fat than pasta made with wheat flour. As far as healthy food goes, they contain Phosphorous, which cleans out the Kidneys and aids in the management of energy in your body. 
 
The best place to buy any Asian products would be an Asian market. You can get noodles there fresh or dry and the prices are much lower. Here is a list of Asian Noodles List
 
They are very easy to cook. You place them in a pot of hot water until they reach the desired consistency. Usually 7 to 10 minutes.
 
 
 
 

NOODLE BOWLS

The great part about this dish is you can put anything in it. Leftover meat and vegetables sitting in your frig. It’s what makes it quick and easy. Noodle Bowls can also be served cold as a salad. Here are the vegetables I prefer:
 
Snap peas
Broccoli
Green beans
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Mushrooms
 
But the great thing is making your own concoctions.
 

THE SAUCE

The sauces you use are where your calories and healthy eating come in, so you wanna keep that in mind. It is a lot of fun to create your own mixtures but here are a few ideas:
 

GINGER LIME SOY

One quarter cup low sodium Soy Sauce or Tamari
Two tbsp Olive Oil
One tsp Sesame Oil
Two cloves Garlic
One tsp Raw Honey
One tsp Brown Sugar
Two tbsp fresh Ginger
Two tbsp Rice Vinegar
Juice from one lime
Mix in a Blender
 
 

PEANUT SAUCE

One-quarter cup of creamy Peanut Butter
Three tbsp of Soy Sauce or Tamari
Two tbsp of Rice Vinegar
One tbsp Olive Oil
One tbsp of Raw Honey
One tsp of Sesame Oil
Mix in a Blender
 
 

BASIL PESTO

Two cups of fresh Basil
Two cloves of Garlic
One-quarter cup of Pine Nuts or Slivered Almonds
Two-thirds cup of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Mix in a Blender
 
Try it and let me know what you think!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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