Costco is amazing – not only for their not-so-“skinny-bliss” food bar but because for people like me who are a sucker for a sample, you probably won’t even have an appetite by the time you make it there. Well considering I don’t make it to Costco much solely due to the fact I’m not feeding a family of forty, Trader Joe’s mini sample bar has to suffice. Last week I was doing a little grocery shopping (hungry, which is never ever good) when I stumbled upon Trader Joe’s back sample bar. Since I’m a sucker for a new product I had to buy everything they were sampling… hence how I ended up with Rice Noodles and Basil Marinara Sauce. I knew Sarah would love these gluten free gems; unlike her I am not gluten-free but when I sampled the rice noodles they tasted deceptively similar to regular pasta. I wanted to spruce it up a bit but instead of adding meat I vowed to keep it Sarah-friendly and stick to veggies.
- Trader Joe’s Fresh Rice Noodles
- Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara
- 1 zucchini
- 1 small brocoli head
- 1 jalapeno
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- Cook rice noodles according to instructions (The package comes with 2 and I cooked them both together for a total of almost 4 mins, be careful because they cook fast and can become mushy when over-cooked)
- Chop broccoli and steam
- Thinly slice jalapeno
- Ribbon the zucchini to resemble a thick noodle, using a mandolin or a carrot peeler
- Once noodles are cooked and cooling, heat sauce in pan with diced jalapeno. On low heat mix in steamed brocoli and ribboned zucchini. Lastly, add the cooked noodles.
- Top with red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese (optional – leave the cheese out to make this vegan)
Helpful Hints: Be careful on the reheat with the leftovers. The texture of the noodle can get a bit mushy once reheated in the microwave. This is not a meal to make in bulk and save for lunches.
- Smaller portion= 6 servings for 200 calories a serving
- 4 more filling severings= 300 calories a serving
- Gluten free and vegetarian, with a vegan option available
Overall, this dish is very filling, while keeping the calorie count lower than normal pasta dishes, and it’s delicious!
Hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend!