Simple Sunflower Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl

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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. 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! sweet potato noodle bowl

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! sweet potato noodle bowl



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Simple Sunflower Sweet Potato Noodles
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, No Added Sugar, Vegan Option
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium or large non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Add protein, sweet potato ribbons, half of the garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the pan.
  3. Saute seasoned protein and sweet potato ribbons in the pan, stirring approximately every minute.
  4. While sweet potatoes and protein are cooking, combine sunbutter, sesame oil, coconut aminos, the other half of the garlic powder, water, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Heat in microwave from 15 seconds, then stir until fully combined.
  5. When the sweet potato ribbons and protein are almost cooked, stir in spinach and allow to cook until spinach is wilted down.
  6. Add sweet potato mixture to a bowl, top with sunbutter sauce and cilantro.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Note: the fats from the sunflower butter and the sesame oil may separate if you add too much water and overheat the sauce. The consistency should be relatively thick, almost like a paste, that can easily be mixed in and coat the sweet potato noodles.

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  1. Your Sweet Potato Noddles recipe looks like a quick dish. When I get home in the evenings I do not want to slave over the stove for too long and your Sweet Potato Noddles recipe seems just the dish to allow for this. However, what is coconut aminos?

    1. Thanks for checking out my recipe! Coconut aminos are a substitute for soy sauce. It’s made from coconuts, soy free, lower in sodium, and tastes amazing! I use the Coconut Secret brand and it’s great! Also sold at Trader Joe’s!

  2. That actual looks and sounds really good! At first I thought to myself that is something I would not like. But after reading the ingredients I like I would really enjoy it! I honestly have never heard of sweet potato noodles!

    1. Thank you so much for reading through it! Sweet potato noodles have become kind of the “it” pasta substitute it seems! It’s literally just strips of sweet potato, which is so awesome. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Glad to know I am not the only one who hates preparing lunch, esp when I am alone with my bub clinging to me.. we don’t get sweet potato noodles in this part of the world, but i am sure it’ll come here soon. Till then saving your post 👍👍

  4. Wow This looks so good! I totally need quick and healthy recipe these days, This is perfect for a working mom like me, who got no time to prepare lunch. Thanks for sharing!

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