This power bowl is filled with hearty buckwheat noodles, vitamin-rich sweet potato, and fresh snow peas. Top it off with a spicy Korean sauce and lunch is served!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; there’s just something awesome about food in a bowl.
You may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for one-dish meals. I don’t usually like to prepare three or four dishes to fill out a plate.
I’d much rather make one big bowl of food and then sit cross-legged on my couch and stuff my face while watching Netflix.
Noodle bowls are absolutely perfect for my style of food. I mean, who doesn’t like noodles?
Now, I know lots of you want to walk away right now because you don’t have a spiralizer for the sweet potato. I use this KitchenAid attachment:
But if you’re looking for a stand-alone model I recommend this one:
I put off owning one for AGES because I thought it was just this annoying trendy thing, but now I use mine all the time.
If you’re not on the spiralizing bandwagon, you can make this by just dicing up the sweet potato instead.
But it won’t be as pretty. Sorry.
Funny story: when I was planning this recipe I intended to use cashews instead of peanuts.
As it turned out, the bag of what I thought were cashews in my pantry were macadamia nuts and that just didn’t seem right.
I used peanuts instead and really loved the way it added LOTS of crunch. I’ll leave the decision up to you, but either way I highly recommend toasting them prior to using.
Now, regarding the soba noodles. I absolutely adore soba noodles (especially in easy soba noodle stir fries), but if you’re not a fan of buckwheat you can swap them out for another type of noodle.
Lo mein noodles would be great, and I have a feeling that ramen noodles or even yakisoba noodles would be tasty, too.
The sauce I used is similar to Bibimbap sauce – you’ll need gochujang to make it! I haven’t ever found a suitable substitute for the Korean hot pepper paste, so you’ll just have to find some gochujang to make it. Get some from Amazon here:
The sauce totally makes these sweet potato noodle bowls – you’re going to love them!
Here’s the Recipe!
For the Sauce
- 3 tablespoons gochujang
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons miso paste
For the Bowls
- 1 cup dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 ounces dried soba (buckwheat) noodles
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cups raw snow peas
- Optional Garnishes: chopped green onion, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes
- Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat a small pan over medium and add the peanuts (no oil is needed). Toast, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove the pan and set aside.
- Spiralize the sweet potato according to the manufacturer's instructions for your model of spiralizer. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium pan over medium. Add the sweet potato noodles and cook, stirring frequently, until browned and tender; about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil the soba noodles according to package directions. Drain, toss with a tablespoon of sesame oil, then divide into four bowls for serving.
- Remove the cooked sweet potato noodles from the pan and add to the serving bowls.
- Immediately add the snow peas to the hot pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until browned. Transfer to the serving bowls.
- Top each bowl with the prepared sauce, toasted peanuts, and garnishes of choice.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 501 Total Fat 32g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 25g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 778mg Carbohydrates 44g Fiber 9g Sugar 21g Protein 15g