Not quite your average taco night and totally different flavour combinations but hey we can all change things up a little why not Asian inspired. By swapping a flour tortilla or corn taco to a lettuce cup you have an more nutritious meal. My kids loved this and the bubs had the chicken filling and noodles in a bowl so it was easier for him to eat.
Alright so its not tacos but still tastes amazing!
1 tbs chilli jam or chilli paste heat to your liking
1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
6-8 baby coz lettuce leaves
3 eggs whisked
To top; fresh coriander leaves, chopped toasted peanuts, bean sprouts and red chilli sliced
Place noodles in a heat proof bowl and add boiling water. Let them sit for 10mins then drain and set aside
Place oil, garlic, chicken in a fry pan on med-high heat and cook for 2-3mins
Add ginger, chilli jam/paste, soy and stirring to combine for 5-6mins or until chicken is cooked through
Make omelette, In a small pan heat a little oil and add the whisked eggs. Cook for 2-3 mins without stirring, then gently flip over and cook for further 1-2 mins or until cooked. Turn onto a chopping board and slice into small pieces.
Divide the noodles between the lettuce, add the chicken, then top with coriander, beansprouts, sliced chilli, peanuts and sliced omelette.
Did you know Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world?
A major factor is their diet and lifestyle, lots of fish vs meat, less dairy, high in soy based foods, rice with every meal, tea drinking and of course loads of vegetables. The new generation of Easterners has long wanted to adapt to the Westerners lifestyle but I think we need to follow in their way of life a little more. Want to read more on this subject here is a link : Why Do Japanese People Live so long?
Miso Soup is a staple in Japanese culture by adding the soba noodles becomes a ramen dish. Ramen is a Japanese soup dish which consists of noodles in a soy or miso broth with either meat, fish or tofu. Tofu is another amazing nutritional ingredient made from soybeans and is a great source of protein, iron, calcium and contains all 8 essential amino acids. Perfect for a healthy meatless Monday meal and takes no time at all.
The latest craze in foodie world is spiralizing vegetables, in all good fun it looks incredibly cool but more importantly is a healthier, low carb alternative to rice or wheat noodles and pasta. Zucchini is the main attraction of spiralizing though you can use other vegetables such as pumpkin, sweet potato or broccoli stalks. The concept of having raw vegetables may be a little hard to get your head around at first so I suggest you start with the zucchini and build up to the others. All it needs is to be mixed through your favourite pasta sauce or with your salad ingredients and dressing, its that easy.
Zucchini Spaghetti Bolognese
Lets get something straight, if you have your heart set on a bowl of pasta go have a bowl of pasta it may look the same but it doesn’t exactly taste the same. Although I do love it, and paired with other tasty ingredients you have a very nutritious meal indeed.
You will need a vegetable spiraliser to make the zoodles I have pictured some below they are quite easy to find now, most kitchen stores and large department stores will stock them.
I found these noodles from my local health food store and I couldn’t resist in trying them out. I heard so much about Spirulina and how it is another great source of protein made up of around 60% and high in iron. As I suffer from iron deficiency, which I have recently found out my body doesn’t like to absorb it not by lack of eating it. Has made me even more conscious of eating foods containing more iron and finding it in other foods apart from the usual red meat. Surprisingly doesn’t taste any different in terms of flavour of the noodles more that it is green in colour and has the added health benefits. Making Spirulina also appealing to the likes of vegetarians.