Three Ingredient Rice Noodles

What if I told you that you could make a healthy and delicious dinner in 15 minutes or less, using only 3 ingredients…and it’s not a salad?

I’m talking about a hot dinner that’s full of flavor, and feeds a crowd.

Think I’m crazy?

Well, I am…but that’s beside the point.

I’m embarrassed to even call this a “recipe,” as it’s really just three packaged ingredients that I combined one night to make dinner.

It was one of those weeks where I hadn’t grocery shopped and I didn’t have a lot on hand. I wanted a hot meal but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. It was also the middle of summer, and I didn’t want the oven turned on for a long time, so I scanned the pantry and found a package of rice noodles.

I looked around to see what else I had on hand and BAM – I ended up with this concoction.

Three-Ingredient Rice Noodles

I package of rice noodles
2 jars Tikka Masala sauce (I like the Seeds of Change brand)
1 bag of frozen steam-in-bag snow peas or sugar snap peas

Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions.
Cook the peas according to the package directions.
When the noodles have cooked, throw them into a pan and mix them with the sauce and peas. Cook just long enough to heat up the sauce.
Eat and enjoy!

Seriously, that’s it.

I know, I can’t even call this a recipe! I cooked up a big batch of this and loved it, so I’ve made it a staple now. Since I live alone, a batch will last me most of the week, and I honestly don’t even get tired of eating it for 3 – 4 days in a row.

If you prefer your noodles a little less “wet,” you can use just one jar of sauce, but I find that’s a little too dry for me.

Also, Tikka Masala is not vegan, so if you want a vegan dish, check out some of the other sauces in that section.
While Tikka Masala sauce is normally used on meat, it’s also very good and quite satisfying on noodles.

There you have it. Keep these three ingredients on hand for a quick dinner in a pinch.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.


Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on


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