Chicken and Vermicelli Noodle Lettuce Cups

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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!

Chicken and Vermicelli Lettuce Cups

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Asian Inspired Healthy Lettuce Taco Feast

Ingredients

500g chicken mince

100g vermicelli noodles

1 tb olive oil

3 garlic cloves crushed

1-2 tbs grated ginger

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

Directions

  1. Place noodles in a heat proof bowl and add boiling water. Let them sit for 10mins then drain and set aside
  2. Place oil, garlic, chicken in a fry pan on med-high heat and cook for 2-3mins
  3. Add ginger, chilli jam/paste, soy and stirring to combine for 5-6mins or until chicken is cooked through
  4. 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.
  5. Divide the noodles between the lettuce, add the chicken, then top with coriander, beansprouts, sliced chilli, peanuts and sliced omelette.

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Miso Tofu Ramen Noodles

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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.

Miso Tofu Ramen

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A healthy soup dish with amazing nutritional benefits

Ingredients

4 cups water

2 tablespoons white miso paste

1tbs soy sauce or tamari

3 spring onions sliced

1 bunch asian greens such as bok choy or pak choy

1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms

200g soba noodles

200g firm tofu sliced into cubes

Directions

  1. Place water in a saucepan with the miso paste, soy sauce and bring to the boil
  2. Once boiling add the spring onions, greens, mushrooms and noodles turn heat down to low simmer for 3-4 mins or until noodles are cooked and mushrooms have rehydrated
  3. Add the tofu and serve immediately

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you tried Zoodles?

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.

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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.

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Zoodle Salad with Tuna, Tomato, Olives and Grilled Haloumi

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.

Green Goodness Bowl with Sesame Soy Dressing

Eat Your Greens..

This certainly has a lot of them, what could be a better way to start off the week. Clean and light with the added zing of soy and citrus dressing.

Green Goodness Bowl with Soba Noodles and Sesame & Soy Dressing

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

200g soba noodles

4 cups green vegetables eg. steamed broccoli, kale, sliced shallots, shredded cabbage, sliced cucumber, sliced avocado,fresh basil leaves

Sesame Soy Dressing:

2 tbs Sesame oil

Juice of 1 lemon

5 tbs olive oil

1 clove garlic crushed

2 tsp soy sauce

salt and pepper

black sesame seeds to garnish and squeeze of fresh lime

Directions

  1. Cook soba noodles per packet instructions
  2. Steam broccoli and prepare vegetables
  3. Make dressing by adding all ingredients into a jar and shake
  4. Add broccoli, green vegetables to the noodles and pour over dressing. Mix and season with salt and pepper, sprinkle of sesame seeds and squeeze of lime.

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Spirulina Noodle Salad with Chicken & Chilli

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.

 

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Spirulina Noodle Salad with Chicken & Chilli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 packet of Organic Noodle Kitchen Spirulina Noodles (you can always use 200g soba noodles instead)

400g chicken tenders

Juice of a lemon

100ml olive oil

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tsp ground cumin

10 cherry tomatoes halved

1 Lebanese cucumber sliced

1 chilli finely chopped

2 spring onions sliced

Handful of mint, basil or coriander chopped

Directions

  1. Cook noodles per packet instructions, drain drizzle with some olive oil and let it cool
  2. In a pan on high heat add 1 tb olive oil and  coat chicken in cumin and garlic season with salt and pepper and cook chicken tenders 3-4 minutes each side till cooked through
  3. Meanwhile prepare salad, cut tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, chilli and herbs
  4. Once the noodles have cooled, add salad ingredients and pour lemon juice and olive oil, mix to combine.
  5. Top with chicken  and extra chilli