Easy and Delicious Vermicelli Bowls are a healthy alternative to a salad, or a traditional rice bowl. Loaded with fresh vegetables, and topped with the garlicky herby vinaigrette.
What are vermicelli noodles?
Rice vermicelli noodles are very thin noodles that are made with rice ground up rice. In the dry form, they are very delicate. They can come in various shapes and sizes; flat, round, thick, and thin.
It is important to buy the size of noodle that you prefer. Whether that is thick, or thin. For this recipe, we used a vermicelli noodle that is on the thinner side.
How to cook vermicelli noodles:
You will need to bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. Next you will add the desired amount of dried noodles directly into the water. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of noodle that you use.
The cooking time will be shorter for thinner noodles, and longer for thicker noodles. Generally speaking, boil the noodles for 8-10 minutes.
Remove them for the water and rinse them immediately to stop the cooking process.
It is important to not overcook the noodles. Mushy vermicelli noodles can literally ruin the overall flavor and texture of the bowls.
Different protein options to add to the bowls:
Leftover meats make great additions to these vermicelli bowls. We have used leftover beef brisket, which was absolutely delicious.
Another great protein choice was this leftover blackened salmon.
Even more, make the dish completely vegetarian by omitting the meat and just having vegetables. Fried or seared tofu would be another great alternative to meat.
Are vermicelli bowls healthy?
Yes, vermicelli bowls are a great, healthy alternative to traditional salads. The rice vermicelli noodles offer an amazing complex carb.
Load the bowls with as many of your favorite vegetables as possible to offer even more healthy components.
Vegetable ideas include:
Be sure to finely dice, or julienne your vegetables for the best texture. Here are some delicious vegetables to include in your bowl:
- Green Onion
- Red Onion
- 1 pack Vermicelli noodles, prepared according to package
- 1 cup Protein of choice, leftover beef brisket used for this recipe
- ½ of a Cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Carrot, thinly sliced
- 2 sprigs Green onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large Egg, hard boiled
- ½ cup Red onion, (optional but suggested)
Garlic Herb Sauce
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1 cup Parsley, flat leaf
- 1 cup Cilantro
- 2 whole sprigs Green onion
- ½ cup Olive oil
- 1 whole Lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Fish sauce (optional)
- Cook the vermicelli noodles according to the package instructions. Usually by boiling water, and submerging the dry noodles for 5-8 minutes. They cook very fast!
- Drain the noodles, and rinse with water to stop the cooking process. Set them aside.
- Thinly slice all of the vegetables, and set them aside. Cook protein of choice, leftover brisket was used for this recipe (check post above for more protein options).
- Garlic herb sauce: add all of the ingredients to a blender, and blend until the mixture is smooth. If a thicker sauce is desired, cut back on the amount of olive oil. Set sauce aside.
- Begin layering the ingredients in bowls. Add half of the vermicelli noodles to each bowl.
- Next add half of each veggie in a single layer over the vermicelli noodles. Place the meat on top of the noodles.
- Drizzle your desired amount of the garlic herb sauce over the bowl, and enjoy!
Substitute or omit any protein in place of the leftover beef brisket.
See the post above for more protein options and ideas.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g
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