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Asian Noodle Bowl With Spicy Almond Sauce

(Family Features) - As a Registered Dietitian and a food lover, best-selling author and Food Network host Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, knows that the secret to creating easy meals is to keep the pantry stocked with versatile and nutritious foods. "When you have wholesome ingredients on hand, it's easy to make a good-for-you meal that doesn't sacrifice flavor," says Krieger.  "Luckily there are many foods where versatile and delicious intersect, which is why almonds are always in my kitchen."

Here are some pantry essentials Krieger recommends:

  • Almonds. Whole almonds can be paired with dried fruit or flavored with various spices for a convenient on the go snack. In addition, try other almond products such as almond butter, flour and milk. Almond butter can be used to make sauces, like in the recipe below.  Almond flour makes a crunchy, flavorful coating for chicken, fish or pork. Almond milk is great in your morning cereal or coffee.

  • Heart-Healthy Oils. Oils such as canola, extra virgin olive oil and almond oil contain monounsaturated fat, make excellent salad dressings, and can be used in essentially any dish from pastas and veggies to fish and chicken.

  • Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock. Create low-fat soups, sauces and marinades.

  • Canned or Dried Beans. A favorite way to add fiber and protein to any salad, soup or dip.

  • Canned Tomatoes. A perfect ingredient for soups, sauces, salads and salsas.

To get the most out of the items in your pantry and freezer, the Almond Board of California has launched the Pantry Recipe Express.  The Pantry Recipe Express can help transform pantry staples into extraordinary meals. With just a few clicks you'll discover how a handful of almonds, plus a few staples can become amazing meals - straight out of your pantry or freezer! Enter the ingredients you currently have on hand and the interactive tool will automatically generate delicious recipe ideas - like this delicious Asian Noodle Bowl with Spicy Almond Sauce, developed by Ellie Krieger.

Discover more great recipes and get Krieger's complete So Easy Pantry List at AlmondBoard.com.

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Asian Noodle Bowl With Spicy Almond Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2 head broccoli (about 3/4 pound), tops cut into flowerets, stems peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 cups (about 4 ounces) of snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha
  • 1 scallion, green part only (about 3 tablespoons)

    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until they are golden, about 3 minutes.
    2. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Three minutes before the pasta is ready add the broccoli to the pasta pot. One minute before it is ready add the snow peas and red peppers to the pot.
    3. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Place the almond butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce and three tablespoon of boiling water (from the pasta pot) into a large bowl and whisk until smooth.
    4. Drain the noodles and vegetables, return them to the pasta pot, add the sauce and toss to coat. Serve garnished with the toasted almonds and scallion greens.

Total Time
20 minutes

Makes 6 servings - Serving size 1 1/2 cups
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Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Developed by Ellie Krieger, MS, RD for the Almond Board of California
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SOURCE: Almond Board of California

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