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Fun with Lunch

Lauren Kuperman

“My daughter Lauren loves Asian cuisine,” says her mom, Faye. “This can be challenging to pack for a lunch. I have come up with this satisfying ‘Asian-style’ lunch for her. I usually cook the noodles the night before. They are very easy to cook: It only takes 2 minutes in boiling water.” –Lauren Kuperman, age 12, South Carolina

Makes 1 serving


1 cup vermicelli noodles

1 cup cooked chopped chicken breast

1 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper

1 tablespoon chopped celery

2 tablespoons chopped peanuts

1 teaspoon chopped onion

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon lime zest

1 teaspoon minced fresh lemon basil

1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the vermicelli noodles for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold water, and return the noodles to the pot.
  2. Add the chicken, bell pepper, celery, peanuts, onion, pepper, lime zest, lemon basil, and rice-wine vinegar, and stir to combine. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for two minutes. (This can be prepared the evening before.)  Serve hot or cold.

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