I’m always on a mission to include one of my favourite meals, spaghetti and meatballs, in new ways in my life. Today I’ve gone in a an odd but crazily delicious direction. Just trust me a little here and read on.
Guys! Remember kung pao chicken? It’s like a Chinese takeaway favourite, and I’ve usually had it with chicken. But you know I’m always trying to find ways to eat less meat (love it, but I wanna eat the veg for my body’s sake and save the world – realistic goals are my thing), and thus there’s no chicken in this. I replaced it with… mushrooms! And yum! And added noodles cos I love them.
This pasta is sort of like a healthy pumpkiny version of mac n cheese. The pumpkin pasta sauce has that silky quality and coats every mouthful with savoury sweet goodness. But there’s a secret ingredient in here that makes this so good.
The chilli paste in this recipe is what it’s all about. It’s based on the paste found in the Malaysian dish Chilli Pan Mee and it’s all crispy, funky flavour. You will love it.
I love fried rice. In all its varieties, including nasi gorneg. But then I was like, how good would these flavours be on rice noodles? Turns out, very good.
Miso, mushrooms and sesame. It’s got to be one of my favourite flavour combinations. The sticky mushrooms are so good with the refreshing crisp lettuce and nutty sba noodles. And that dressing is where it’s at.
Mmmmmm miso paste. You are a fermented joy of salty stickiness and depth of flavour. And you make these soba noodles delicious. The slippery noodles, still crunchy wilted greens and crispy bits of roasted cauliflower mean this noodle dish has a lot of yum going on.
An easy weeknight dinner with a super simple no cook satay sauce. This tastes great hot or cold and uses raw sweet potato. Yep, raw. Actually all the vegetables are raw (or almost) so it’s super quick to make which is always a win.
I live in a household of two. Two people can’t eat a whole roast chicken in one sitting. I mean, we have friends over frequently but sometimes I want a roast and when there is only two of you you’re going to have leftovers. And leftovers are what these noodles are all about. Leftovers and flavour! Because there’s no point in trying not to waste things if it’s not going to taste good.
Healthy meals shouldn’t be difficult and sometimes you need a simple pasta dish up your sleeve. And this one is a winner. Plus it’s perfect for summer as that’s when these ingredients are at their tastiest. The key to this pasta is quality produce, you need ripe flavoursome tomatoes, fragrant basil and good quality oil and balsamic.