Zen Zoodles: Asian-inspired Sesame Noodle Bowl

Your taste buds are about to go on an Asian flavor adventure with this zen zoodle sesame noodle bowl recipe. We’re talking savory sesame sauce coating spiralized zucchini noodles, crunchy red cabbage, creamy avocado, and protein-packed edamame all topped with toasted sesame seeds. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a bowl full of mouthwatering umami flavor that’s secretly healthy and completely satisfying. This noodle bowl may become your new weeknight staple once you try its craveable combination of flavors and textures. Ditch the stodgy pasta and dive into light and delicious sesame zoodles! Your belly will thank you.

Ingredients for Zen Zoodles Sesame Noodle Bowl

To make this delicious Asian-inspired noodle bowl, you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces soba (buckwheat) noodles or udon noodles
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage or shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Cook the noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes (if using). Add the cooked noodles, cabbage, zucchini, bell peppers and green onions; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges (if desired).

Dig in and enjoy your Zen Zoodles! The fresh veggies and Asian flavors are sure to lead you to noodle nirvana.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Zen Zoodles

To make this delicious Asian-inspired noodle bowl, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 8 ounces udon or soba noodles
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or lime juice
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Bean sprouts (optional)
  • Cook the noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, peanut butter, water, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Add the cooked noodles, sesame seeds, and scallions; toss to coat.
  • Top with bean sprouts (if desired). Enjoy your Zen Zoodles! The flavors of ginger, garlic, and sesame will transport you to Asia with each delicious bite.

With fresh ingredients and authentic Asian flavors, this simple noodle bowl makes a perfect quick and healthy weeknight meal. Dig in and savor the tastes of the Orient!

Tips for Perfectly Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

For the best zucchini noodles, start with fresh zucchini. Look for zucchini that are straight, evenly sized, and about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wash the zucchini and trim off the ends.

Use a spiralizer to cut the zucchini into long, spaghetti-like noodles. There are many affordable handheld spiralizers available that make this task quick and easy. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can also use a julienne peeler or knife to cut the zucchini into thin noodle shapes.

To prevent the zucchini noodles from getting soggy, avoid overcooking them. Simply toss the raw noodles with the sauce and warm ingredients and they will soften slightly. You can also quickly blanch the noodles in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds, then drain and toss with sauce.

Add Asian-inspired flavors to turn zucchini noodles into a main dish. Toss with sesame oil, rice vinegar or lime juice, soy sauce or tamari, and chili garlic sauce or sriracha. Top with sesame seeds, sliced scallions, edamame, and shredded carrots.

For extra nutrition, add diced tofu or shredded chicken. The protein will make this a heartier, more satisfying bowl.

A sprinkle of crushed peanuts or cashews provides healthy fats and a bit of crunch.

Play around with different sauces and mix-ins to create your perfect zucchini noodle bowl. The possibilities are endless! These light and fresh “zoodles” are a delicious low-carb, gluten-free alternative to regular pasta.