Monday, June 23, 2008

Delicious, Pretty, Local, Healthy

Those would be just four of the many words that would describe the lunch I made for myself yesterday while my mom and I watched The Bucket List. Light but perfectly satisfying, this Asian-inspired sprimp, noodle and vegetable bowl was everything I could have hoped for in an off-the-cuff meal!

Most readers know I don't usually take photos of non-baked items, but this was just so pretty I couldn't resist! Store-bought (but Ontario - grown!) carrots and zucchini married perfectly with some just-picked radishes and green onions from my garden, and the shirataki noodles added some great body to the bowl. A dash of Ponzu sauce and a healthy sprinkle of red pepper flakes topped it off.

Shirataki noodles are made from konjac flour - a high-fiber, low calorie substance that is great for the digestive system - but if you don't like them or can't find them cellophane or bean thread noodles work just as well. I also added shrimp to the recipe - as you can see - but you can swap in tofu, chicken, scallops or nothing at all depending on your tastes. As written it makes 2 large servings, but as a side dish or starter it would serve 4.

Enjoy this fresh and light addition to Ruth's Presto Pasta Nights and Cate's ARF / 5-A-Day events!

Ponzu Noodle Salad
Serves 2
14 oz shirataki noodles (or bean threads, cooked and drained)
1 medium zucchini, julienned
1 medium carrot, shredded
2 radishes, thinly sliced
2 green onions (with tops), diced
1/4 cup Ponzu sauce
1/4 - 1/2 tsp crushed chili flakes
2 tbsp water
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Drain shirataki noodles, add them to the water and boil 2 minutes.
  3. Drain, and shock in cold water.
  4. Toss together shrimp, zucchini, carrot, radishes and onions in a large bowl.
  5. Place noodles on top of vegetable mixture.
  6. Mix Ponzu, chili flakes and water together.
  7. Pour Ponzu sauce mixture overtop the salad and toss well.
  8. Chill or serve immediately.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 56.7
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 825.4 mg
Total Carbs: 11.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.9 g
Protein: 2.7 g

1 comment :

Ruth Daniels said...

It certainly is..delicious, pretty, local and healthy. Nothing could be better. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.