Sort of Singapore Noodles

I’ve been having a “meat free” few days. No reason in particular it just kind of happened, I suppose my new found love of mixed veg and noodles helped too!

Yesterday I donated blood and after I had a little snooze when I got in ( I fainted, as usual, in the clinic) I wanted a big bowl of comfort food and this is what I came up with.

Not quite the usual Singapore noodles (i googled recipes and didn’t use prawns or chicken) but delicious all the same and Definetely ticked the comfort box!

I used a utensil called a spiralizer for the carrot and cooked it with the noodles but just finely slice it!

For those of us following Slimming World, the oyster sauce is 1 Syn per tablespoon and the cashews (optional) are 1 Syn per 2 nuts or 12 cashew nuts are healthy B allowance

Serves 1

(Use whatever combination of vegetables you have to hand! This is what I had yesterday!)

1 sheet dried noodles (not instant)
1/2 onion sliced thinly
1/4 head brocolli chopped
Handful beansprouts
1 small carrot finely sliced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic minced
A few cashew nuts or peanuts chopped (optional)

– boil the noodles in a little salted water until just cooked
– stir fry all the veg in a hot wok until just cooked
– add in the soy and oyster sauce and stir fry for another minute
– lightly toast the chopped nuts in a seperate pan
– toss the noodles with the veg, pour into a bowl and top with the chopped nuts

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A New Kitchen Toy

Move over inner Nigella, I’m channeling my inner Jamie lately with my new favourite kitchen utensil – a 3 in 1 peeler!!  A long time ago, when I attempted lo-carbing for a while, I got to like “Zoodles” aka, courgette (Zukini) “noodles” – courgette sliced in very thin, julienne strips and used as a pasta substitute. Very nice, but a lot of work! A friend mentioned recently that she had purchased a Julienne Peeler and a quick google later I found this. I checked it out on Jamie’s Site and 5 minutes later had clicked “Buy”, my new toy arrived 2 days later!

 

The first dinner I made using my new peeler was a Chicken and Noodle Dish, First I peeled the carrot using the regular peeler attachment, then popped that out and used the Julienne Peeler attachment to peel the carrot into Julienne slices. They will come off the vegetable in one strip and then you just lift them apart in a big bundle after, really easy and kind of fun! Watch your fingers though, I cut myself twice by holding the carrot awkwardly!

Same for the courgette/zukini, but I didn’t peel it. I put the carrot strips into boiling water for 2 minutes, then added wholewheat noodles, cooked them for 3 minutes, then added the courgette and simmered for another minute. Drained all and kept to one side.

I stir fried chicken pieces, onion and pepper with some chilli, lemongrass, garlic and ginger, added the noodles and veg and splashed in some oyster sauce  (1 syn per tablespoon) at the end.

 

I am subscribed to an excellent blog, i’ve mentioned it before – Slimming Eats and this morning opened my email account to find an email with this Bruschetta recipe.

Perfect idea for breakfast! I had some over-ripe vine tomatoes in the fridge, and wanted to try the “soft fruit” attachment of the new peeler! Well, no more boiling and skinning tomatoes for me, the peeler works like a charm and so easy!

Feeling lazy, I just toasted some wholewheat bread (60g, Healthy B) and decided that I didn’t fancy garlic first thing in the morning. So while the bread was toasting, I de-seeded and chopped the tomatoes, added some fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. As per recipe, I served the tomato mix on the toast and it was delish!! Will be even nicer made correctly as a starter.

*I accidentally ate ALL of the tomato  (it was just so tasty!) so had 4 Syns worth of olive oil (2 teaspoons)