I’ve found lately that meal prepping my lunches has been my saving grace. If it wasn’t for preparing my lunches for a few days in advance, well… I’d be making some rather poor choices when it came time to eat. Getting back into the rhythm of ‘back-to-school’ has been a tougher transition this year than I had imagined.
This Soba Noodle Lunch Box is asian inspired with soba noodles, spiraled veggies, and of course a homemade Thai peanut dressing that is finger-licking good. Not only can you make this lunch box up ahead of time, you can also rest easy knowing the entire lunch is only 250 calories and vegetarian!
I found that this portion size was perfectly filling for lunch, but if you wanted to turn it into a meal prep for dinner you could always add some grilled chicken and/or mandarin oranges to it to make it a little more hearty.
This lunch is intended to be served cold, though if you really wanted to, you could give it a quick sauté or even a pop in the microwave for a few minutes to turn it into a warmed up ‘hot lunch’ version.
No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this Soba Noodle Lunch Box is delicious and well under 300 calories. Make it up ahead of time and you’ll have lunches for almost the entire week ready to go!
TheSkinnyFork.com A sesame infused lunch box that's filled with soba (buckwheat) noodles, zucchini & carrot spirals, and a homemade thai peanut dressing! Prep Time: 10 Minutes • Cook Time: 0 Hours
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 Prepared Bowl • Calories: 250 • Fat: 15 g • Saturated Fat: 2 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 6 g • Sodium: 410 mg
Thai Peanut Dressing:
• 3/4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar/Stevia Blend
• 3 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
• 3 Tbsp. Rice Whine Vinegar
• 1 Tbsp. Coconut Aminos (Or Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce)
• 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
• 1 Tbsp. Fresh Grated Ginger Root
• 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
• 1 Tsp. Sesame Oil
• 1/2 Tsp. Salt
• 1/2 Tsp. Sriracha
• 3 Oz. Cooked Soba (Buckwheat) Noodles
• 1 1/2 Large Zucchini or Summer Squash, Spiralized
• 2 Medium Carrots, Sliced Thinly or Spiralized
• Sesame Seeds for Garnish
Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a blender, food processor, or cup with an immersion blender and puree until smooth and creamy; set aside.
Divide the 3 oz. cooked soba noodles, 1 1/2 spiraled zucchini, and 2 sliced carrots evenly among bowls or lunch box containers.
Garnish each with some sesame seeds if desired.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge and serve with about 2 Tbsp. of the Thai peanut dressing when ready to enjoy.
Nutritional Claims: Vegetarian • Pescatarian • Dairy Free • Milk Free • Tree Nut Free • Soy Free • Fish Free • Shellfish Free • Pork Free • Red Meat Free • Crustacean Free • Celery Free • Mustard Free • Lupine Free • Mollusk Free • Alcohol Free • Kosher