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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Healthy Eats: Brown Rice Noodle Stir Fry




I have found ultimate perfection in the form of a certain brown rice noodle. I'm in love (and I fell hard and fast). I couldn't ask for anything more from a noodle. Seriously. I've been looking for a noodle like this all of my life and I finally found it after a chance run-in at Whole Foods the other night. I was in the right place at the right time, looking for a thai curry sauce and instead I found this. The rest, as they say, is history...

This noodle's super low in calories (216 per serving to be exact), insanely low in sugar (1 gram per servicing), high in fiber (for a noodle), and gluten free (boom!).  And these are its ingredients: brown rice, water, organic green tea, salt. That's all folks. My rule of thumb for selecting healthy processed products - if it's got 5 ingredients or less, all of which I can immediately recognize (i.e., no thiamine mononitrate, disodium insinuate or maltodextrin.... all ingredients in Cheetos, if you're curious) and none of which include sugar, high fructose corn syrup, wheat flour (as opposed to whole wheat flour), enriched flour or anything along those lines... then you've got yourself a keeper.

Plus, it cooks to perfection in just 1 minute in boiling water.

Who is this mysterious noodle I speak of? Well, I wish I could give you a sexier name for this product, but I can't. It's called "Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodles with Organic Green Tea" by Star Anise Foods.

But what's in a name? It's what the name represents that counts. And in this case, it's a natural, not very processed, delicious, healthy, truly perfect noodle.

I made a noodle stir fry the other night by heating some Frank olive oil and red curry paste in a wok over medium heat. Next I tossed in these vietnamese noodles (once cooked per the directions on the box), shrimp (I bought pre-cooked frozen shrimp to save on the cook time and ran them under cold water to thaw), fresh bok choy (chopped and pre-steamed), peanuts and lime juice. And voila! A ridiculously healthly, super delish homemade noodle stir fry. (You could also mix and match a variety of other ingredients - tofu, sugar snap peas, baby corn, broccoli, edamame, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, or any/ all of the above would probably also go well in the dish too).

Happy and healthy eating!

oxox roxy