just recently, i posted my longtime favorite recipe for fresh vegetable spring rolls. and i do love them. also? they’re just a wee bit of a pain to make, at least by 6-pm-on-thursday-night standards.
which is a shame, because i do so love the flavors together. and the crunch! oh, the crunch. perhaps not surprisingly then, i frequently find myself combining all of the flavors and textures (crunch!) in a big salad-y noodle bowl and happily munching away with a fork, rather than a spring roll wrapper.
because fresh vegetable spring roll noodle bowls that you get to eat on a weeknight are better than fresh vegetable spring rolls that you skip making because they just seem like too much effort, no?
since i’m billing this noodle bowl recipe as a quasi-convenience meal, i would be remiss if i didn’t acknowledge that all of these ingredients might not already be in your fridge/usual local grocery store. i hope they are, because they are all so tasty and most of the more difficult to find ingredients keep nearly indefinitely, but if you want more details on where to find these ingredients, look back at the fresh vegetable spring rolls where i did a full play-by-play of each ingredient.
that said, once you have everything in the fridge, these noodle bowls are ripe for prepping on sunday and being enjoyed for lunch (or dinner) over the course of the week. the veggies i suggest below are all pretty hardy and the thai basil or mint just may survive the week, if you cut it fresh each day (it will definitely turn black if you cut it in advance). and the bowls are delicious either at room temperature or cold, which is convenient.
so, if you’re an aspiring meal-prepper like me (or an actual meal-prepper, in which case, you get a gold star and a look of bewilderment mixed with admiration from me), this recipe is a great one to add to your mix of recipes that you either do or do not prep in advance. i won’t tell either way…
ps – if you’re looking for another asian-inspired salad with ALL the crunch, check out asian-inspired brussels sprouts salad.
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