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30 Minute Vegan Stir Fry Sesame Noodles with Chickpeas & Basil

Wonderful vegan stir fry noodles made in just 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight dinner! These easy sesame noodles have a homemade stir fry sauce and a boost of plant-based protein from chickpeas. Top with fresh herbs and roasted cashews for a beautiful meal you'll make again and again.

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine Asian
Keyword sesame noodles, stir fry noodles, vegan noodles, vegan stir fry noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 624 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • For the sauce:
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar (or sub 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (preferably toasted sesame oil)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (or sub 1 tablespoon tahini)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ tablespoon arrowroot starch (or sub cornstarch)
  • For the veggies & chickpeas:
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (preferably toasted sesame oil)
  • ½ white onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • For the noodles:
  • 10 ounces stir fry rice noodles (or feel free to sub ramen noodles or soba noodles)
  • For serving:
  • ½ cup basil leaves, ribboned/julienned
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews, chopped
  • Scallions (green part of the onion only)
  • Extra sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. First make your stir fry sauce: in a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, garlic, coconut sugar, sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes and arrowroot starch (or cornstarch). Set aside.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to a large pot then add in chopped onion and sliced carrots and cook for 2-4 minutes until onions begin to soften. Next add in broccoli and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for an additional 6-8 minutes or until broccoli is slightly tender but still have a bite.
  3. While the veggies are cooking, make your stir fry rice noodles according to the directions on the package. Then drain and set aside.
  4. Add the drained chickpeas to the pot with the cooked veggies. Immediately turn the heat to low and add in the sauce. Cook for an additional 2 minutes over low heat until the sauce begins to thicken a bit. It should be nice and saucy. Stir in rice noodles, fresh basil ribbons and cashews; toss again to combine. Garnish with scallions and cilantro. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

Looking to make these vegan stir fry noodles even quicker? Feel free to chop all of your veggies and make the stir fry sauce ahead of time and store them (separately) in airtight containers in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook!

To store: store any leftover stir fry sesame noodles in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat the noodles in a microwave safe dish and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Vegan Stir Fry Sesame Noodles with Chickpeas & Basil
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 624 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2.7g17%
Carbohydrates 102.5g34%
Fiber 10.3g43%
Sugar 11.3g13%
Protein 19.5g39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.