Rice Noodle Veggie Pasta

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.

Ingredients:

  •  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

Instructions:

  • 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)

//The Greens//

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.

The Skinny:

  • 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!

❤ Jamie

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