Noodles are a hugely versatile dish that can be changed in various ways to suit your personal tastes.
One of the great things about noodle dishes is that they can be made pretty quickly and depending on the recipe and ingredients that you use, they can be a super healthy choice as well.
With this in mind, we are going to be looking at twenty tasty and healthy noodle recipes that are not only delicious, but also sure to impress your friends and family when you cook them up for them! Let’s get started.
1. Easy Thai Fried Rice Noodles
This Thai noodle recipe is perfect for vegans and vegetarians (see also “10 Amazing High Protein Vegetarian Recipes“), with ingredients including bean sprouts, shiitake mushrooms and orange pepper along with flat, rice noodles.
The vegan/vegetarian option includes tofu, but if you are a meat eater, then you can substitute the tofu for chicken if you so choose.
The Thai sauce for this dish is the perfect way to tie it all together, making for a healthy and tasty noodle dish.
2. Healthy Drunken Noodles
Unfortunately, drunken noodles are not actually drenched in alcohol (see also “How To Make Healthy Alcohol Free Harry Potter Butter Beer“)! Instead, drunken noodles is the name given to a certain spicy Thai noodle dish.
This particular drunken noodle recipe involves rice noodles, vegetables, honey, low sodium soy sauce, basil, fish sauce, oyster sauce and your own choice of protein- such as chicken, shrimp or tofu-, and veggies.
You can also add in some optional chilies for a bit more spice.
3. Vietnamese Noodle Salad
Made with fresh vegetables and herbs, vermicelli rice noodles and tossed with a savory and tangy Vietnamese dressing, this Vietnamese noodle dish is able to be served up hot or cold.
This is a very refreshing and light dish that can be customized depending on your personal preferences, making for a versatile noodle dish.
4. Asian Stir Fried Shrimp And Rice Noodles
Nothing beats a good stir-fry, and these stir-fried shrimp and rice noodles are a delicious choice for those who love a bit of seafood with their noodles.
This is another recipe that utilizes rice noodles, as not only are they are an interesting change of pace from regular wheat noodles, they are also a lighter, gluten-free choice.
5. Veggie Sesame Noodles
Not only are these veggie sesame noodles a tasty choice, they are also visually pleasing thanks to being super colorful, with orange from the carrots, red from the peppers, green from the green onions and purple from the red cabbage.
The simple seasoning offers a bold taste thanks to the combination of sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce and fresh ginger (plus some chili flakes if you want to up the spice factor).
6. Healthy Japchae (Korean Rice Noodles) With Tofu
Japchae is a popular Korean dish that features rice noodles, and this recipe is made all the more healthy by including tofu in the place of meat.
This dish features sweet potato starch based noodles that are not only tasty, but also excellent when it comes to absorbing the savory sauce.
More nutrients and texture can be added to the meal with various veggies, such as blanched spinach, and shredded carrots.
7. Easy Brown Rice Vermicelli Noodles With Fresh Shiitake
Brown rice noodles are a great way to make a noodle dish healthier without sacrificing the taste, as they are light and combine well with a range of different ingredients.
This particular noodle dish uses brown rice noodles along with various veggies, such as bok choy, bean sprouts and shiitake mushrooms.
Tofu replaces the meat to make for a vegetarian friendly dish, whilst the addition of minced red chilies and one thinly sliced bird’s eye chili (though this is optional), makes for some warming heat.
8. Buttered Shirataki Noodles
Shirataki translates to “white waterfall” in Japanese, and when it comes to these noodles, this imagery perfectly describes their visuals.
Mostly made up of glucomannan and water, these noodles don’t have much flavor alone, but can make for some scrumptious and healthy dishes when paired with other foods.
This shirataki noodle dish pairs the noodles with grated Parmesan cheese, unsalted butter and seasonings such as garlic powder, salt and pepper to create a dish that is as flavorsome as it is healthy.
9. Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles Pasta
Zucchini noodles are another noodle type that is a great, healthy alternative whilst also being low in carbs, vegetarian and keto friendly.
This is a quick and easy noodle recipe that can make for a tasty, light meal, but it can also be changed to better suit your tastes if you so choose to.
You’ll need four medium zucchinis to make enough noodles for this dish, along with minced garlic, tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.
10. Sukhothai Pad Thai
Another popular Thai noodle dish, Sukhothai Pad Thai can be changed up to include whichever meat you so choose, such as shrimp, pork or chicken.
This particular recipe uses tofu to up the health factor and make it better suited for vegetarian and vegan consumption.
You can make this dish within half an hour using dried rice noodles, tofu, soy sauce, vegetable oil, eggs, and bean sprouts to name a few ingredients.
11. Healthy Thai Peanut Noodles
Able to be served hot or cold, these Thai peanut noodles are easy to make and offer a satisfying dish that is nice and homely.
For the peanut element of the dish, you will need chopped organic peanuts as well as unsweetened creamy peanut butter.
However, you can swap out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter or almond butter if you would prefer.
12. Easy Vegetable Udon Noodle Soup
Udon noodles aren’t quite as healthy as rice noodles, but they are incredibly delicious thanks to their thick nature.
There is nothing stopping you from making a healthy dish out of udon noodles, so long as you fill it with plenty of veggies, such as with this recipe.
13. Chicken Pad See Ew (Broad Rice Noodles Fried With Soy Sauce)
Pad See Ew is a Thai noodle dish typically made with noodles that are flat and wide, making for a texture that is definitely different from rice noodles but no less tasty.
This particular pad see ew recipe utilizes chicken for protein as well as broccoli (see also “15 Best Healthy Chicken And Broccoli Recipes“), eggs, coriander, minced garlic, cooking sherry and Thai chili sauce.
14. Fried Seafood Laska Noodles
Laska noodles are a well known dish in Southeast Asia, consisting of a range of different noodle types.
The only constant in laska noodle dishes is the spiciness, so this is definitely a must-try recipe for those who enjoy a bit of spice with their noodles.
This particular recipe uses rice noodles along with seafood, such as squid, and shrimp.
15. Soy Sauce Noodles
Simple yet delicious, this soy sauce noodle recipe only needs six ingredients to make and can be made in less than ten minutes!
As well as soy sauce, you will also need your noodles with sesame oil, onions, garlic and chili sauce to make this healthy dish.
16. Homemade Healthy Ramen Bowl
Ramen bowls are a tasty comfort food choice, and you can easily create a healthy take on the classic ramen bowl by following this recipe and using ingredients such as spinach, kale (see also “How To Make Spicy Chipotle Kale Chips“), green onions and mushrooms.
17. Chicken Stir Fry With Rice Noodles
For meat fans, this chicken stir-fry with rice noodles is a great way to create a healthy and tasty noodle dish.
Not only that, but this is also one of the quickest dishes to make on this list, taking around half an hour and offering a dish that is just as tasty as takeout stir-fry but without the oiliness.
18. Hot & Sour Coconut Noodle Soup
This unique noodle soup dish is a must for those who enjoy different flavor combinations, thanks to the zestiness of the lemon and lime, the creamy, nuttiness of the coconut and the burst of heat from the chilies.
19. Hoisin Pork With Rice Noodles
If pork is your meat of choice, then this hoisin pork recipe with rice noodles is a must-try noodle dish for you (see also ‘Pork Tenderloin Carnitas (The Best Crockpot Pulled Pork) Recipe‘).
The flavor of the hoisin sauce with the pork makes for a taste sensation, whilst the rice noodles significantly lower the calories.
20. Shirataki Noodles With Creamy Peanut Sauce
Another shirtaki noodle dish, this recipe opts for creamy peanut sauce rather than cheese to create an earthy taste.
The sauce itself is made from natural peanut butter along with ingredients such as light coconut milk (see also “A Guide To The Best Milk Alternatives“), soy sauce, minced ginger, and tomato paste (to only name a few), making for a sauce that adds that all important flavor necessary with shirataki noodles.
So there you have twenty tasty noodle dishes that are big on flavor but low in calories!
Whether you prefer seafood, meat, veggies or a little bit of everything with your noodles, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes with our varied list of healthy and tasty noodle dish recipes.
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