So I am a HUGE noodle lover, or maybe I should say noodle addict! 🙈 If I’m honest, I probably eat a noodle based dish 3 times a week! 😂 My best friend in primary school was from Taiwan and her family made the most amazing noodles and my love affair began there really! This is a dish that I make quite regularly, but until now have never taken a moment to document what I throw into it! It’s inspired by a dish from my favourite eatery in Colchester - North Hill Noodle Bar, which everyone needs to try if you haven't already! 😍 I’d love for this recipe to be a guideline that helps you get creative! And would love to hear what ideas you come up with to make this dish your own!
Ingredients - Serves 1
Prep Time 5 minutes / Cooking Time 10 minutes
If you're not a big fan of garlic and ginger you can totally omit them from this recipe! The shitake mushroom sauce I use is available in a lot of oriental supermarkets, but I'm sure you could find it online otherwise - it's really great for most noodle dishes! You can also sub the peanut butter for almond butter and any veggies work well - I really love asparagus and tofu in this dish too!
Hope you enjoy these noodles as much as I do!
Thank you for reading and happy cooking!
Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend! I spent yesterday getting totally whipped in a body pump class with one of my besties! It’s safe to say I can barely walk today! 😅 I had a few questions about tofu pop up last week, so when my friend suggested having a post workout brunch I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to break her egg addiction while documenting what I usually throw into a scramble! I’ve never been a ‘write it down’ kinda person, so taking a moment to observe quantities is totally new to me! 🙈 With that in mind, I’d love to have feedback on how these recipes come out for you all! So...we served our tofu scramble on sourdough with a side of sautéed spinach, fried tomatoes & avocado, topped with lime & coriander...but I want this recipe to be more of a base to get creative with! I’m gonna list some suggestion of ways to mix it up and would love to hear what creative ideas you come up with! 🙏🏻 This is how ours came together...
Ingredients - Serves 2
Make it Mexican!
Make it an all in one English breakfast!
I definitely recommend using the tofoo branded tofu, it doesn’t need pressing and is super firm! You can freeze tofu too - it has more of a spongy texture after freezing which can help it absorb even more flavour! 🙌🏻
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy getting creative in the kitchen!
Hey lovelies! ☺️
I hope everyones weekend is off to a great start! Mines just beginning & I’m snug on the sofa with some homemade chips in the oven! What a dream Saturday night in! 🙌🏻
So I wanted to share with you what staples I keep in my cupboard/fridge! These are things that are going to hopefully make creative cooking easier for you and cover you for a ton of vegan recipes! 👍🏻 I’ll include a link to each item, to help you identify the product, alongside details of common uses! I'm using the top links that come up for speed but most of these things will be available in your local health food shop!
This post is covering my cupboard staples for savoury meals and focusing on the bare essentials (there's a lot more you'll want in your cupboards i'm sure!) and ingredients that I believe will come in handy again and again!
Vegetable Stock Powder - Great for soups and sauces...my favourite is the organic vegan bouillon but any stock powder will do the job!
Nutritional Yeast - Great for adding a cheesy taste to food! Some people like to sprinkle it onto their meals, but I mainly use it for sauces! ☺️ Currently available in Aldi!
Coconut Oil - All rounder, great for roasting, baking & frying...this particular one is great if you don't want the coconut taste sneaking in!
Toasted Sesame Oil - I eat a lot of Asian food and this is a must! So delicious! I often buy Waitrose own brand as it's really well priced!
Soy Sauce or Tamari - Great for most noodle dishes but also a great flavour enhancer! This is a product which varies a lot from one brand to another... I would 100% recommend Kikkoman brand for both soy and tamari and if you think you're going to use them a lot then I'd recommend checking your local oriental supermarket as they're usually available in bigger bottles!
Rice Vinegar or Mirin - I use these a lot in noodle dishes but they’re also great for chutneys and dressings! My favourite is the clearspring brown rice vinegar!
Cashew Nuts - Amazing for all kinds of dairy replacements...milk, cream, cheese (cream cheese, spreads, parmesan...) and also delicious toasted in stir fry’s! 😍 I often buy in bulk from Real Food Source but Aldi is also well priced for nuts and seeds!
Miso - This is my secret ingredient for almost everything! It started as a noodle soup essential, but now I use white miso as a flavour enhancer for a ton of different dishes! It’s amazing in cream sauces, risotto, gravy, soups! My favourite is the clearspring sweet white miso :)
Noodles - Fill up your cupboards with a selection of various noodles, they come in so many different types that you can never get board of them! (Well I can’t!!) I always have a stash of udon, rice noodles, wholewheat noodles & ramen! 😍 My favourite are these biona ramen noodles...
Pasta - Who doesn’t keep pasta in the cupboard? It’s so versatile and great for a speedy dins! I'm a big fan of the new fresh pasta in Waitrose!
Rice - Sushi rice, risotto rice, jasmine rice, whole grain rice...all the rice! It works for pretty much all cuisines! 👌🏻 My favourite is probably short grain brown rice, this can be used for sushi but it's also delicious with curry and fried!
Peanut Butter - Satay sauce...the dream! Use it for stir frys, dressings, as a snack, on toast! My favourite is probably Pip and Nut, but take your pick!
Agave/Sweetener of choice - great for dressings and marinades! I often use the meridian blue grade agave!
Liquid smoke - amazing for marinades, creating vegetable ‘bacon’ and Mexican food! My favourite is Stubbs!
A good selection of herbs, spices & seasonings - My most frequently used are...
I also love having on hand...
I hope this list comes in handy! And please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below and reach out if you need help with any other alternatives! 🙏🏻
Thank you for reading and happy cooking! ☺️
Let me introduce myself...
My names April and I’m the gal behind The Nourish Co 🌱 I turned vegetarian at the age of 6, vegan at 19 and have now been vegan for almost 10 years! I’ve always loved food and would call myself an intuitive eater - I eat what I fancy and put together whatever I feel like trying! 🧙🏻♀️ I enjoy cooking freely and not being tied to a recipe, so one of the things I’d like to do is share tips & tricks to help others get more confident & creative in the kitchen! There really are no rule! But right now, I’d really like to share how easy & accessible a vegan diet is and how you can make a quick healthy meal... even when you’re tired or tight on time!
So last night I had one of those accidental naps which put me out of whack a little, so with my lacking of energy I created this super easy 15 min meal with a little help from an Aldi curry kit! 👌🏻
Thai Noodle Soup - Serves 2
Aldi Thai Green Curry Kit x 1
1 tsp coconut oil (or your choice of oil)
250ml vegetable stock
1 tsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp rice vinegar or mirin
1/2 head brocolli
1 block of smoked tofoo
Handful of spinach
2 person serving of any of your choice. I used udon for speed this time!
1 tsp vegan oyster sauce
Black sesame seeds
Heat the oil in a frying pan, add all of the curry paste and a tablespoon of the coconut milk. Heat for a couple mins before adding the tofu & vegetables, followed by the rest of the coconut milk. Next add the herb mix (from the curry kit), stock, soy sauce, rice vinegar & vegan oyster sauce (if using). Let cook for 10 mins or until the vegetables are cooked how you like them! Add the cooked noodles of your choice, serve, add toppings if you wish and enjoy! ☺️
Chop the veg however you bloody wish...there’s no right or wrong!
P.s This meal cost me less than £5 (for 2) But that cost could further be reduced by ditching the tofu! So whatever works for your budget!
Thanks for reading and happy cooking 🙏🏻
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