October 6th is National Noodle Day, and that means it’s time to celebrate this humble food that makes everyone happy. There are so many kinds of noodles; it can make your head spin – there are regular noodles, protein-enriched whole-wheat noodles, gluten-free noodles, and grain-free noodles. There are noodles made from beans, rice, yams, sweet potatoes, kelp and pretty much any vegetable you can think of. Check out these 7 Wheat-Free Noodle Options to Use in Your Favorite Dishes.
Just as there are a gajillion types of noodles (not a real number), there are so many ways to cook with them. Noodles can be boiled, fried, put into soups, salads or covered with a delicious, flavorful sauce. Read how to Dress Up Your Noodles Using These Tips For Quick and Flavorful Homemade Sauces and you’ll never reach for a pre-mixed box of flavored noodles again! You’ll also want to try these 7 Variations on Pasta Sauce for a change from the usual sauces you eat.
When it comes to recipes, no one has more than we do here at One Green Planet. Try these 21 Pasta Dishes that are Dairy-Free and Delicious, these Amazing Vegan Noodle Dishes, and lighten things up with these 15 Spiralized Veggie Noodle Dishes. While we all love Italian pasta dishes, there are so many other ways to eat noodles and since we will celebrate World Pasta Day later this month, let’s focus on other types of noodle dishes. Here are 15 noodle-licious vegan dishes to help you celebrate National Noodle Day!
1. ‘Zoodles’ With Avocado, Peaches and White Beans
This unique ‘Zoodles’ pasta dish consists of a few simple ingredients that are bursting with flavor: “zoodles” (spiralized zucchini “noodles”) with avocado, peaches, and white beans! The peaches add just the right amount of sweetness to the savory dish and all the natural flavors shine and complement each other.
2. Chilled Peanut Noodles
Anything with peanut butter is delicious, and these Chilled Peanut Noodles are no exception. This dish comes together quickly, and you can make it as spicy as you want. Make extra and use the sauce for something else … like a spoon.
3. Noodles With Creamy Peanut and Orange Sauce
There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of noodles smothered in a rich, creamy sauce. This Asian inspired Noodles with Creamy Peanut and Orange Sauce does the trick over a bed of brown rice noodles, topped with cool cilantro, crisp mint, and bright orange zest. Yum!
4. Easy Cashew Ramen
You’re not getting this dish out of any instant noodle package. This Cashew Raman is still easy to make but infinitely more delicious. It has lots of veggies cooked in a creamy, coconutty sauce with Thai red chili paste and cashews for garnish.
5. One Pan Singapore Noodles
These One Pan Singapore Noodles are a creative adaptation of the original recipe. They’re made from rice vermicelli (thin rice noodles), curry powder, bean sprouts, bok choy, spring onion, carrots, red pepper, snow peas, and a ton of other nutritious and easy-to-get ingredients. This noodle dish is a surefire winner.
6. Noodles With Coconut Lime Dressing
Eating raw is cool and not just because the oven stays off. A base of raw cashews can set the stage for any creamy style sauce — the rest is only limited by your imagination! These Noodles with Coconut Lime Dressing have coconut water, cilantro and fresh limes for a creamy taste with bright citrus notes.
7. Noodle Bundles With Spicy Pineapple Sauce
These cute little Noodle Bundles are perfect appetizers for any party and a really creative way to use rice noodles. You can tuck any seasonal veggie you like in the crispy rice noodle wrapper, so you can enjoy them year round. Serve with the spicy pineapple dipping sauce.
8. Cucumber Noodles With Avocado Pepper Sauce
These Cucumber Noodles with Avocado Pepper Sauce are fairly basic, but it packs a powerful punch. It’s super filling, the fresh flavors are intense and it is the perfect light lunch/dinner option as the summer months get closer. Give this recipe a little extra kick with a bit of chili or scotch bonnet pepper added to the sauce blend.
9. Gluten-Free Asian Noodle Salad
This Gluten-Free Asian Noodle Salad will instantly become a favorite of yours. It’s an even lighter take on a traditional Chinese Chicken Salad. The gluten free “rice stick” noodles give it really nice texture. This is a beautiful dish that belongs in the center of the table.
10. Vegetable Lo Mein With Creamy Peanut Sauce
One of the best things about Vegetable Lo Mein is that you can customize it to your tastes and use the veggies you and your family like best. The creamy peanut sauce is a yummy twist on the usual lo mein sauce. Everyone is going to love this dish!
11. Simple Summer Macaroni Salad
It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy this Simple Macaroni Salad. This recipe has lots of veggies and is really easy to make. The creamy mustard-mayo dressing is so bright and delicious; you’ll feel like it’s summer no matter what the weather is like.
12. Cold Soba Bowl With Lemon Miso Sauce
Sometimes you just need something cold and refreshing but still totally filling and satisfying. This Cold Soba Bowl is filled with hearty buckwheat soba noodles, crisp veggies, and creamy miso sauce. Your belly is going to be so happy.
13. Smoked Tofu and Mushroom Carbonara With ‘Mung Bean’ Pasta
A traditional carbonara is pasta mixed with egg, cream and parmesan then topped with crispy bacon. But this Smoked Tofu and Mushroom Carbonara is a plant-based version. The smoked tofu replaces the bacon, and the pasta is made from healthy mung beans.
14. Peanut Bliss Rice Noodles
These Rice Noodles are a bowl of satisfying peanut bliss. They are so easy to make, use only simple ingredients, and manage to be light yet filling at the same time. Add freshly chopped cilantro, mint, parsley, or basil and make it shine even brighter!
15. Sweet Potato Noodles and Coconut Curried Veggies
If the idea of making noodles out of sweet potatoes is new to you, it’s time to get acquainted with it. These Sweet Potato Noodles take just a few minutes to make and have a really nice texture. Serve with creamy and delicious coconut curried veggies for a satisfying and delicious meal.
Noodles are so versatile, the number of amazing dishes we can make is limited only by our imaginations. Celebrate National Noodle Day with these incredible recipes.
Lead image source: One Pan Singapore Noodles