Say hello to my Asian friends

Posted on November 2nd, 2014

Rice noodles. Rice noodles. Rice noodles.
Since pasta contains wheat I have stopped eating it.. That’s when I discovered these rice noodles which are a sneaky, wheat-free replacement for pasta. The first question you’re going to ask me is which Asian food shop you can purchase these from. EH. WRONG. You can buy 250g of these rice noodles for R22 at Spar. Yes, you read that correctly. A relatively cheap and convenient replacement to pasta.

153So I am going to share a few of my favorite recipes to accompany these Asian delights.

NOTE: you cook rice noodles in exactly the same way as you would cook normal spaghetti. Place the noodles in a pot of boiling water over the stove. Cook with the lid off until the noodles are soft (same feeling as cooked pasta).

In a pot on the stove fry 1 chopped onion until translucent, then add 1 clove of crushed garlic. Brown 500g of mince. Add 1 tinned tomato, 250ml of water, 50g of tomato paste (1 sachet), 2 grated carrots, 3 grated baby marrows and 2 tablespoons of beef stock dissolved in 500ml of warm water. Cook until it has all blended, stirring regularly.
Serve this with rice noodles as you would usually serve it with spaghetti. Serves 4 people.

Basil Pesto
Blend together 2 punnets of basil (40g), 25g of Parmesan cheese, a handful of flaked almonds, a clove of garlic, a generous swirl of olive oil and 2 rounds of feta cheese.
Mix this in with the rice noodles and enjoy a healthy version of a pesto pasta. For a fresh twist add cherry tomatoes.

Fresh noodle salad
Combine a bowl of rice noodles with cherry tomatoes, feta, avocado, basil and bacon.

So the point that I am trying to get across is that rice noodles can replace pasta in any situation. So try it yourself by making your favorite pasta dish as you normally would but just using rice noodles instead of pasta.


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