Healthy Instant Noodles – High Protein Vegan Meal Prep

Written by Liz

I’m Liz, I share recipes and easy substitutes to make plant-based living simple!

August 21, 2022

Get Your Meal Prep on Point with Healthy Instant Noodles!

This recipe for Healthy Instant Noodles is not only healthy, but nostalgic! When I was a student, I used to live off instant noodles. They were cheap, easy and filling – perfect for someone who was always on the go. But as much as I loved them, I knew they weren’t the healthiest option.

So when I discovered this healthy instant noodle recipe on TikTok, I was so excited! It’s just as easy to make as regular instant noodles, but it’s loaded with healthy ingredients like veggies, textured vegetable protein and tahini. Plus, you can customize it to your own taste by adding different sauces or spices.

This recipe is the perfect way to get your meal prep on point. You can prepare it a week in advance, and all you have to do is add hot water when you’re ready to eat. It’s also perfect for taking to work – just pour boiling water into the container in the office kitchenette and you’re good to go!

So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to regular instant noodles, give this recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed.

   Ingredients for Healthy Instant Noodles on a marble benchtop

Key Ingredients for Healthy Instant Noodles

Vermicelli Noodles

Instant noodles are a convenient and affordable way to get a meal on the go, but they’re not always the healthiest or allergen-friendly option. This recipe for Healthy Instant Noodles uses vermicelli noodles, which are made from rice flour and are naturally gluten free. As the noodles are so fine, they also cook quickly – an essential factor for instant noodles!

Bok Choy

Bok choy is a great ingredient for this Healthy Instant Noodle lunch recipe because it’s low in calories but high in nutrients. It’s an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like potassium and calcium. It’s perfect for this recipe because it cooks quickly when covered with boiling water.

Textured Vegetable Protein

Textured vegetable protein (TVP) is a dehdryated plant-based meat alternative made from soy. It’s a high-protein, low-fat food that’s often used in vegetarian and vegan meals. TVP is a great ingredient for this Healthy Instant Noodle lunch recipe because it’s low in calories but high in protein. It’s also a very convenient work-lunch option because it weighs very little when dry, and rehydrates very quickly when covered with boiling water. Therefore, you can minimise the weight in your work bag, and still enjoy a satisfying protein-rich lunch that keeps you full all afternoon.

Hoisin Sauce

Hoisin sauce is used in this recipe as it gives the stock paste a distincitve sweet, fragrant and umami flavour which is typical of Asian cuisine. It is often used as a glaze, or an addition to stir fries and soups like Vietnamese pho.

A glass jar filled on white kitchen bench filled with Healthy Instant Noodles soup

Substitutions for ingredients in Healthy Instant Noodles

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to regular instant noodles, or if you’re allergic to some of the ingredients in this recipe, there are plenty of substitutions you can make. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Tahini can be replaced with smooth natural peanut butter
  • Sriracha can be replaced with any hot sauce
  • Bok choy can be replaced with other leafy greens like spinach, kale or wombok (Chinese cabbage)
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP) can be replaced with any other plant-based meat alternative like tofu, tempeh or seitan

Nutrition for Healthy Instant Noodles

The recipe contains 330 calories, 57 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein.

Storage instructions for Healthy Instant Noodles

This Healthy Instant Noodle Recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simply place them in a sealed container and store in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, just add hot water and enjoy!

Ingredients for an Healthy Instant Noodles soup on a marble benchtop

FAQ about Healthy Instant Noodles

Q: What is the difference between regular instant noodles and this Healthy Instant Noodle recipe?

A: The regular instant noodles are often high in calories, carbs, and fats, while the Healthy Instant Noodle Recipe is lower in all of these. Additionally, the regular instant noodles are made from wheat and are often not vegan friendly, while this Healthy Instant Noodle Recipe is gluten free and plant-based.

Q: Can this recipe be stored in the fridge?

A: Yes, this Healthy Instant Noodle Recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simply place them in a sealed container and store in the fridge. It’s safe to leave at room temperature for a couple of hours before lunch at the office (but not much more, as you don’t want the greens to go bad). When you’re ready to eat, just add hot water and enjoy!

Q: Can I customise this recipe for Healthy Instant Noodles?

A: Yes, absolutely! You can adjust the quantities in the stock paste to suit your taste. In addition, you can swap the TVP for a protein of your choice, like tofu or tempeh. You can also use any leafy green that wilts quickly in boiling water instead of bok choy (like spinach, kale or wombok). Some other simple substitutions include swapping tahini for peanut butter or removing the chilli for a milder flavour.

A glass jar filled on white kitchen bench filled with Healthy Instant Noodles soup

Conclusion

This Healthy Instant Noodle Recipe is an excellent way to get a healthy meal on the go. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can customize it to your own taste. Plus, it’s perfect for taking to work or school. So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to regular instant noodles, give this recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed. Have you tried this recipe? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Healthy Instant Noodles

This healthy high protein riff on instant noodles is vegan, gluten free and a great lunch option to take to the office! Perfect