Filling, nourishing, easy on calories, and packed with vegetables and lean protein, a well-designed noodle bowl is the perfect one-dish meal. Start with a noodle you love; traditionally, noodle bowls reflect Asian influence, but any long, thin pasta will work. Next, add flavorful broth, plus vegetables, herbs, and low-sodium condiments. Then lay on some substantial, healthy extras, like seafood, tofu, or chopped nuts. Details count: Prewarm the bowls, garnish liberally, and be creative. These recipes are built for individual servings but all can be made in one large, family-style serving bowl.
Udon Bowl with Spinach and Tofu
A good udon bowl is all about presentation. There are a few extra steps involved in preparing vegeta- bles individually, but it’s worth it when you see the results. Nonvegans could add a soft-poached egg on top. If you have time, do step 1 the night before; discard the ginger and garlic cloves, cool, and refrigerate. View recipe.
Rice Noodles and Scallops in Green Curry
If you’re gluten intolerant, be sure your fish sauce and curry paste are also gluten free. View recipe.
Yakitori Chicken Soba Noodle Bowl
Serving the meat on skewers adds a festive touch; or for easier eating, remove meat from skewers and arrange on each bowl. View recipe.
Five-Spice Pork Noodle Bowl with Shiitakes and Napa Cabbage
This dish is especially good served with additional toppings; offer bowls of shredded daikon radish or carrot, chopped spinach, or bell pepper slivers. Chicken or shrimp can stand in for pork; substitute baked tofu and vegetable broth for an easy vegetarian option. View recipe.