Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD
Doctor of Public Health and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,
McCormick Health and Wellness Advisor and Corporate Dietitian
It’s easy to order takeout during the busy fall season, but the reality is that many of these popular takeout dishes – from shrimp lo mein to beef and broccoli – can be high in salt and fatty oils. Instead, make it at home in less time than it takes for delivery to show up.
Follow this simple step-by-step process to make your favorite Asian dishes at home:
1. Pick a Noodle. Thin nutty-to-the taste buckwheat? Delicate rice? Chewy Udon? Check out Simply Asia’s Noodle 101 Guide to find a noodle that’s right for you. Bonus: they all cook in under 10 minutes!
2. Add a Sauce or Stock. Noodles are meant to soak up sauce. For a soupy noodle bowl, chicken stock or a flavored broth like Simply Asia Soy Ginger Chicken Broth is a delicious choice. In a stir fry mood? Toss the hot noodles with a mixture of sesame oil, honey and soy sauce.
• Acid tip: Just a splash of vinegar or squeeze of lime or lemon can bring an unexpected brightness to your noodle bowl or soup.
• Watching your salt levels? Low sodium soy sauce can add just enough ‘salty’ flavor without going overboard.
3. Flavor! The sky is the limit if you have a properly stocked spice drawer. Measuring tip: Add about 1 teaspoon of herbs and spices per 2 cups broth or 1 cup noodles. No need to over think it, add these spices right in with the sauce or stock. Common flavor pairings:
• Ginger, garlic powder, crushed red pepper
• Cinnamon, ginger, whole cloves, crushed red pepper
• Thyme, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper
• Ginger, garlic powder, minced onions, hot chili sauce, fresh cilantro
4. Add veggies…fresh or frozen. From baby bok choy to broccoli, beans, carrots and spinach, there’s no limit to the amount of nutritious veggies you can add to your noodle creation. And, frozen vegetables work great, too! Add frozen peas, broccoli, or mixed vegetables directly into the hot broth on the stove about 3-5 minutes before the cooked noodles are added.
5. Add an egg. Eggs are a delicious, savory topper for noodle bowls – whether hard boiled or fried. Like poached? Save a pan by cooking the egg in the hot broth. Tip: an egg will take about the same time to cook as the noodles.
6. OR add another type of protein. Chicken, fish, shrimp or tofu – adding your favorite protein to a noodle bowl or soup helps provide long-lasting energy. Keep a bag of frozen shrimp on hand for a quick, low-calorie seafood addition to your bowl, or use leftover chicken breast. If you’re making a vegetarian bowl, try a store-bought variety of tofu that’s been marinated and ready-to-eat.
And that’s all there is to it. Grab some chopsticks and a spoon, and savor your easy homemade noodle bowl full of flavor and nutrition.
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