Asian broth with rice noodles

There is something terribly nourishing and cleansing about a broth.

This dish is a relatively quick, hydrating, nutritious and wholesome dinner, that will warm the belly and will be easily digested in your system.

A good source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese …. plus, packed full of flavour, and with an impressive nutrition profile to boot, king oyster mushrooms should be a welcomed addition to your nutritional regime. I love to cook with them regularly.

Seaweed is also one of the best dietary sources of iodine, which helps support your thyroid gland. It also contains other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, B vitamins, zinc and iron, along with antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage. It would be remiss not to include it in this healthy bowl of goodness.

 

ingredients

1 tbsp sesame oil
2 diced shallots
3 garlic cloves minced
4 spring onions diced
4 large king oyster mushrooms sliced
5 pieces of kai lan *cut stalks into batons + keep leaves to the side
6 cups organic vegetable stock
3 tbsp organic tamari
1 drop ginger doTERRA essential oil
450g rice noodles
2 nori seaweed sheets *torn into strips
pinch red chilli flakes
fresh coriander leaves
pinch black sesame seeds
pinch white sesame seeds

 

Heat the sesame oil in a deep pot over a medium heat.

Add the shallots, garlic and spring onions (reserving the green ends for later). Sauté for a minute or two, then add the stalks of the kai lan and the king oyster mushrooms. Continue to sauté for a few minutes.

Add the stock and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat. Add the tamari and ginger oil.

Allow the broth to gently simmer away for 5 minutes.

Add the rice noodles, nori strips and chilli flakes. Cook for a few more minutes.

Serve ladles of the broth and noodles in bowls. Top with spring onions (green ends), fresh coriander leaves and sesame seeds.

 

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Have a wonderful week ahead!

With love,

Kristy x

Spiced dahl, slow cooked

Isn’t Sunday just the perfect day to pop on a meal in the slow cooker, with the beautiful aroma’s wafting through the house all day … It’s also probably my favourite day of the week, to get in the kitchen + cook. I find it so relaxing.

A couple of Sundays ago I made this dahl + I wanted to share with you, how bloody simple it is. It literally cooks itself.

This dish is super wholesome, nourishing + great for the digestive system. The addition of coconut cream gives the dahl a delicious, creamy finish.

I can’t stop at once serve.

 

ingredients

2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 brown onion finely diced
2 cloves garlic finely diced
1 inch ginger grated
1 tbsp turmeric
2 cups red lentils *dried
4 cups water
400g organic diced tomatoes
sea salt
black pepper
pinch curry leaves *6-8
pinch chilli flakes *as much, or as little heat as you like
200g organic coconut cream
fresh baby spinach leaves

steamed basmati
fresh coriander leaves
plain coconut yoghurt

 

Add the cumin, mustard + fennel seeds to a heavy based frypan over a medium heat. Dry roast until fragrant, then add the ghee + brown onion. Sauté until translucent.

Add the garlic + ginger + sauté for a further minute. Stir in the turmeric.

Add the onion + spice mixture to the slow cooker. Add the lentils, water, tomatoes, curry leaves + chilli flakes.

Season with sea salt + pepper.

Place on low + cook for 6 or so hours, or until the lentils are tender.

Stir through the coconut cream + spinach leaves in the last 10-15 mins.

Serve spoonfuls of dahl on top of basmati, scattered with coriander leaves + a dollop of yoghurt.

 


In good health,

Kristy x

Chana masala with cauliflower

Indian cuisine at its finest! A simple vegetarian dish of chickpeas + cauliflower simmered in a thick, creamy, spicy, tomato sauce. The sauce clings to the chickpeas. Each bite is bursting with flavour.

It’s hard to hold back on seconds with this dish!

Adjust the heat by adding more/less cayenne + chilli flakes.

Serve this up with freshly steamed basmati rice + a dollop of coconut yoghurt on top.

ingredients

2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin ground
1 tsp turmeric ground
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch cayenne
sea salt
black pepper
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 brown onion finely diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced
1/2 inch grated ginger
1/2 cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
400g organic diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 bay leaf
400g organic cooked chickpeas
1/2 lemon juice
2 heaped tbsp plain coconut yoghurt or, 1/2 cup of coconut cream
chilli flakes
fresh coriander leaves
*extra plain coconut yoghurt

In a small bowl, combine the spices to make the masala spice mix. Set aside.

Gently heat the ghee in a heavy based pan + add the onion. Cook until translucent, then add the garlic + ginger. Sauté for a minute or so.

Add the masala spice mix to the pan + cook until fragrant (around a minute).

Add the cauliflower to coat in the spice mix well. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes + water. Stir well. Add the bay leaf. Simmer for around 15 mins.(add a little extra water if necessary, if the sauce becomes too dry while simmering).

Add the chickpeas + stir well. Cook for a further 10 mins, or until the cauliflower is tender (the chickpeas should also be tender, but still keep their texture).

Taste + season. Squeeze the lemon juice in + add the yoghurt. Stir.

Scatter with chilli flakes + fresh coriander leaves.

With love,

Kristy x