Tangy Soba Noodle Bowl (easy + vegan + gluten-free)
Bursting with flavor this lemon noodle bowl recipe is the perfect 30-minute meal. The soba noodle bowl dressing is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice and miso, brightening up your palate. The bowl comes together in under thirty minutes making it perfect as a busy weeknight dinner.
Quick and simple weeknight dinner recipes are busy moms bread and butter. Indeed, it's concoctions like this soba noodle bowl recipe that keeps me sane.
I have yet to meet a mom who wants to come home from work and spend the next hour or so in the kitchen. Actually, I know we don't all want to spend our Sundays on the meal prep train (learn how to make meal prep easier) either.
This lemon noodle bowl (which I originally created as a feature for In The Kids Kitchen) is a favorite of mine because it comes together in under twenty minutes. It's easy, refreshing, and can be topped with chicken or fish.
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Given that this noodle bowl recipe is really just veggies and noodles, the flavor really comes down to the dressing.
Moreover, the dressing is made up of four ingredients:
- fresh lemon juice
- rice vinegar
- chili flakes
While the lemon juice gives the recipe a burst of flavor it's the miso that holds it together and brings on comfort. Miso is technically just fermented soybeans. Actually, what was once something "elite" is now pretty common. However, I understand if you haven't given it a try yet.
Learn more about the benefits of miso but know this: because it is fermented, it's high in probiotics (good for your gut!). Likewise, it's high in folate and has can have benefits to your bones. It's a mini superfood.
However, there are different types of miso. I'll be honest and say that I haven't really gotten into the different kinds and flavors of misos yet. Moreover, for this soba noodle bowl recipe I normally just use yellow or white as they're mild in flavor. But whichever miso you come across will work!
This noodle bowl recipe is vegan (or plant-based if you will). This is not because I personally am vegan. Actually, it's because I think it's always easy to add protein but centering your dish around it makes the dish useless if you remove a meat source.
Thus, this vegan dinner makes the perfect Meatless Monday meal (especially as it's made in under 30 minutes!).. It's easy, flavorful, and rocks a variety of plant-based proteins (here are some ideas for more vegan protein sources if you need them).
The vegan protein in this easy noodle bowl comes from both edamame (which has about 11g of protein per 100g serving) as well as hemp hearts (11g protein per two tablespoons).
Additionally, I personally buy my edamame frozen and shelled because again- simplicity is key.
However, if you want to bump up the protein in this meal and un-vegan it, this noodle bowl recipe tastes delicious with:
- grilled chicken (or rotisserie chicken)
- mild sausage
- maple balsamic tempeh
Rock the noodle bowl whichever way you like according to your diet preferences. Though I am a carnivore, I do appreciate a Meatless Monday dinner idea.
What Can I Replace With Broccoli?
The great this about noodle bowls or Buddha Bowls is that everything is pretty interchangeable (learn how to create a Buddha Bowl in just 7 steps!). Thus, even though this vegan noodle bowl recipe calls for carrots and broccoli it's also delicious with:
Take the stress out of dinner and use what you have on hand.
Easy, 30 Minute Dinner Ideas
If you're anything like myself, the question "what's for dinner tonight" kills you. Honestly, how often can that be asked?! Similarly, coming home from a long day only to spend another hour in the kitchen is impractical and eye twitchy.
This is why I solved that problem by rounding up the easiest (but still super healthy!) dinner ideas that come together in under thirty minutes.
If you’re looking for even easier, healthy dinner recipes, check out The Busy Moms E-Cookbook,- simple dinners for busy moms where I’ve gathered 30 healthy dinner recipes that can be made in thirty minutes or less. From easy vegan tacos to beef and quinoa chili, simple chicken pasta to a bok choy and mushroom bowl. Likewise, these dinner recipes share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All of the recipes are dairy-free or could easily be made dairy-free
- The majority of the recipes are gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients not fillers
- They’re all tasty!
To make dinner-time even LESS stressful, I’ve also included several bonus tips on food prep, pantry staples and how to make healthy eating simple. Grab your copy of The Busy Mom’s E-Cookbook
For The Sauce
- ⅓ cup Miso Paste
- 2.5 tbs rice vinegar
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
For The Bowl
- 1 cup frozen & shelled edamame
- 3 large carrots
- 2 green onions
- 2 cups chopped broccoli
- 6 tbs hemp hearts
- buckwheat (soba) noodles for 4
- Lemon zest (optional)
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Tangy Soba Noodle Bowl
Loaded with flavor this tangy lemon noodle bowl makes a tasty weeknight dinner idea. Likewise, it comes together quickly and the vegetables are interchangeable. Thus, this dinner idea is the perfect way to keep weeknights easy and stress-free. Thus, it really just makes a mamas life easier!