This colourful noodle salad will awaken your taste buds. Prawns are perfect for a fast meal because they cook so quickly. The trick to making stir-fries is to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.
– 25g raw peanuts and/or raw cashews
– 225g mung bean noodles
– 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass
– 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
– 60g mangetout
– 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
– ½ red onion, thinly sliced
– ¼ head of broccoli, broken into bite-sized florets
– 1 small fresh red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 200g prawns, peeled and deveined (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)
– The juice of ½ lime
– 25g fresh coriander, chopped
For the stir-fry dressing
– 3 Stalk of fresh lemongrass
– 25cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and minced
– Juice of 2 limes
– 3 tbsp tamari
– 2 tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tbsp seame oil
– 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Make the stir-fry dressing
1. Remove the outer leaves from the lemongrass stalk and cut away the though upper half and the base. Cut the stalk in half to reveal the tender core and finely dice this part.
2. Put the lemongrass into a clean screw-top jar along with the rest of the ingredients. Close and shake to combine.
3. Store in the fridge for up to five days, give it a good shake again before using.
Make the noodle salad
1. To toast the nuts, heat a heavy-based, dry frying pan over a medium heat. Add the nuts and cook, stirring, for a few minutes, just until they start to brown. Tip the nuts out of the pan and set aside.
2. Place the mung bean noodles in a large bowl or pan filled with hot water and let them soak for 5 minutes, until tender, then drain well (or cook the noodles according to the packet instructions).
3. While the noodles are soaking, heat the sesame oil in a wok or a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the mangetout, red pepper, red onion, broccoli, chilli, garlic and the diced lemongrass and cook for 2–3 minutes, until the vegetables are just starting to soften.
5. Add the prawns, lime juice and toasted nuts and cook for 2–3 minutes more, until the prawns are just cooked through and pink.
6. Stir in the drained mung bean noodles and most of the coriander, then drizzle over the dressing, toss to combine
and serve straight away garnished with a few more fresh coriander leaves.
Roz Purcell’s approach to cooking is simple: use whole foods to live a whole life. Having developed a negative relationship with food that led her to make unhealthy choices, she cured herself by rediscovering her love of cooking from scratch. She used her passion for food to experiment with flavours and textures and develop the most amazing recipes that fuel the body, providing the energy and vitality needed to look and feel great.
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