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Eat Well Jan. 19. 2021

Vegetable Rice Noodle Nourish Bowl With Peanut Sauce

Jan. 19. 2021
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This Vegetable Rice Noodle With Peanut Sauce Foundational Five Nourish Bowl is a great example of how to make a fully delicious and equally nutritious meal that will leave you satisfied and well-nourished.

This Nourish Bowl is inspired by the many flavors from Thailand. When I traveled to Thailand in 2015 I had the joy and honor to soak up the Thai culture including the most delicious fresh foods, including rice and vegetable noodles dishes with peanut sauces, pad thai, mango rice desserts, teas, incredible street food, and so many delicious foods.

I love making traditional pad thai at home, this recipe is not a traditional pad thai, but when I want to throw a delicious meal together that reminds me of all the incredible meals from Thailand in one bowl, this is the sauce and dish I make.

Pad Thai is a popular dish ordered at local Thai restaurants, as street food in Thailand, and is a great introduction to Thai food in general. I hope that you enjoy trying this in addition to trying authentic and traditional pad thai recipes from recipe creators like hot thai kitchen and eating Thai food blog.

Pad thai is a stir-fry dish that usually contains rice noodles, eggs, tofu, another source of protein such as shrimp, chicken, etc. and flavored with fish sauce, tamarind paste, garlic, red chili pepper, palm sugar, cilantro, or Thai basil, and a lime wedge. People describe the flavors of this dish as bold, rich, vibrant, sweet and sour, and a little funky from the fish sauce.

Vegetable Rice Noodle Nourish Bowl With Peanut Sauce

There are a variety of ways you can make this Nourish Bowl with your choice of protein, sprinkling crushed peanuts on top, adding a handful of bean sprouts on top, and more. It’s up to you and what you like or think will fit well with the flavors.

The peanut sauce can be made and used for meal-prep if you need to whip up a quick lunch or dinner, and it has similar flavor factors as pad thai.

What Is A Foundational Five Nourish Meal?

The Foundational Five Nourish Meal is any meal that contains all 5 elements within the Foundational Five, non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy or sugary carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and the Flavor Factor.

By following this simple template it keeps food flexible, fun, and nourishing. Our Foundational Five Nourish Meals can be found as yogurts, oatmeal bowls or breakfast bowls, nourish bowls, salads, soups and stews, and stir-frys.

Any meal can be made into a Foundational Five Nourish Meal by just knowing the system I teach in our Mindful Nutrition Method™.


Foundational Five

Learn how you can nourish your body at each meal by creating a Foundational Five Nourish Meal. This is McKel’s simple framework highlighting the five elements of nutrition she’s used with thousands of clients in her decade as a Dietitian and now you can use it too!

The Foundational Five supports you in nourishing your physical body so you can learn what to eat, which is the first step in mindful eating. The remainder is knowing how to eat and to experience your food positively.

Eating in this way supports your physical body on a cellular level ensuring you’re consuming the nutrients you need to have a sharp focus, calm digestion, lasting energy, sound sleep, and vibrant long-term health.

Here are the following Foundational Five Elements in this recipe:

1 • Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Vegetables of your choice, like red bell peppers, broccoli, pickled radishes, carrots

2 • Starchy Carbohydrate

  • Rice noodles

3 • Healthy Fat

  • Peanut butter
  • Sesame oil

4 • Protein

  • The protein of your choices like tofu, shrimp, or chicken

5 • Flavor Factor

  • Gluten-free soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Lime
  • Red pepper flakes

The Recipe

Serves 4


For the peanut sauce:

Heaping 1/3 cup organic creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons fish sauce (vegan: use organic gluten-free soy sauce)

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Juice of 2 limes

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon sugar

1/3 cup hot water, adjust according to desired sauce texture

For the Meal (per serving):

1 cup cooked rice noodles

2 cups vegetables of your choice

1 serving of protein of your choice cooked as desired (examples include scrambled eggs, organic tofu, chicken, shrimp, or all vegetable with no added protein source)

Garnish: fresh chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts, additional fresh lime juice, and red pepper flakes, and bean sprouts.


Step 1

In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the peanut sauce and stir until creamy. You may need to loosen it up with a bit more hot water until it’s saucy but still can coat the back of a spoon.

As usual, adjust seasonings to taste: for more tang add more lime juice and for more spice add more red pepper flakes.

Step 2

After you’ve cooked the rice noodles using the package directions, vegetables of your choice, and protein of your choice, then upon serving to add 2-4 tablespoons per dish depending on much sauce you like.

Step 3

Toss and serve with optional garnishes like chopped fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, and crushed peanuts.

Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to 5 days.

Can’t wait to see you try it!

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