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You guys, I’m super bad about eating lunch. Like, I’ll usually have something, but it’s usually just the most convenient thing I can find. I hate cooking lunch. In the middle of the day, I’m usually doing something else and don’t want to prepare food. Often times, my family has a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, which is great when I don’t feel like making anything. Or, if leftovers aren’t available, I’ll opt for a sandwich. And as much as I love sandwiched, they get REALLY OLD after a while. Sometimes I’ll even just have a Go-Macro bar or an apple and some nut butter. Lunch just isn’t really my thing. That’s why I decided to come up with a Simple Sunflower Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl.
My Journey with the Sweet Potato Noodle
I actually didn’t like sweet potatoes the first time I ever had them. After eating a sweet potato casserole, made with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, I went years thinking I didn’t like them. Then, I tried sweet potato fries and immediately became obsessed. When sweet potato noodles became a thing, I was ecstatic. I knew it would be the perfect base for soups, pastas, and all of my favorite Asian-inspired dishes!
I’ve tried a lot of brands of sweet potato noodles in my day, and I’ve only found a couple that really do it for me. I’ve found is that those sweet potato noodles that come in plastic containers taste better and last longer than those that come in plastic bags. The ones that come in plastic bags tend to get a sour, rancid flavor long before the “Best By” date. It makes the dishes taste awful and honestly, it’s made me sick before. That’s why I tend to stick with the sweet potato ribbons from Trader Joe’s or the sweet potato noodles from Cece’s Veggie Noodle Co. However, I personally like the thickness (and the price!) of the Trader Joe’s ribbons better!
I wanted to make this sweet potato noodle recipe simple, fast, and easy. I also wanted to make sure that just about anyone could eat it. That’s why I’m super happy to say it’s gluten free, added sugar free, nut free, soy free and has a vegan option! Simply choose the protein that best suits your dietary needs! Additionally, this recipe can be made with as much or as little spice as you’d like. With my Interstitial Cystitis, I have to pretty much avoid spicy foods. That’s why I only use 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes for this sauce. If you like a little more kick, simply up use of the red pepper flakes!
This Simple Sunflower Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl recipe is healthy, filling, and incredibly customizable. I can’t wait to see what you guys do with it!