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Vietnamese Noodles

Do you also have a hard time making a tasty stir-fry without using some kind of condiment/sauce/paste that contains copious amounts of sugar, oil, or salt? If you’re a food label reader, you probably know that it is really hard find a product in the supermarket isle dedicated to Asian food without one of these featuring as one of the first 3 ingredients. Unless you want to pay $10+ for a jar labelled organic or gourmet that actually contains REAL flavours, spices, and herbs then this recipe is for you! It is flavourful and delicious without any of the nasties.

Ingredients:
makes 5 – 6 large portions

1 pack rice noodles
1.5 litres boiling water
500g free-range chicken breast (cubed)
500g bean shoots
1 large carrot (julienned)
1 large bunch fresh mint (roughly chopped)
1 large bunch fresh coriander (finely chopped stalks & roots, roughly chopped leaves)
4 cm piece fresh ginger (grated or finely chopped)
2 cloves of fresh garlic (grated or finely chopped)
1 large stick of lemongrass (finely chopped)
1 large chilli (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 large lemons or 3 limes

Method:
Add rice noodles to boiling water in a large bowl and drain after 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, heat pan on high and add sesame oil, stalks and roots of coriander, ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chilli. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken and stir-fry until cooked through. Add the bean shoots and half the carrots. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, honey, and the juice of 1 large lemon and mix through. Take off heat and stir through half the mint and half the coriander leaves. Divide the rice noodles into bowls and spoon over the juice from the bottom of the pan. Cover noodles with stir-fry mix and top with fresh carrots, mint, coriander, and lemon/lime wedge.

Nutritional Information per serve:
1500 kJ (360 kcal)
43g protein
31g carbohydrate
6g fat (1g sat fat)

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Lean, Clean & Green

Do you feel “the bulge” (aka food baby) on Sunday nights after too many celebratory meals and drinks over the weekend? If you said YES you’re not alone! Many people, including myself, have a relaxed approach towards food over the weekend. The brunch, late lunch, and a night out on the town can wreak havoc on your progress if you are trying to slim down.

Take heart! Sunday nights are here to help you bounce back and get you ready for an incredible week of eating lean, clean & green! By that I mean:

– Lean meat/fish/chicken/legumes
– No processed foods
– Lots and lots of green veggies!

This is what I had for by bounce-back Sunday meal:

Grilled Scallops marinated in chilli, garlic, lemon juice & coriander

20130211-094747.jpgFresh summer salad with baby spinach, avocado, yellow capsicum, fresh figs and a light sprinkling of goats cheese fetta

20130211-095053.jpgFresh broccolini and asparagus steamed and mixed with tahini yoghurt, pine nuts and fresh basil (from my garden)

20130211-095618.jpgA perfect way to kickstart your new week feeling fabulous and motivated!

20130211-100003.jpgLet’s make this week count!

Question: What is your favourite way to bounce back?