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I thought a tasty and healthy recipe is just what we need right now after all the festive indulgences.
My go-to for a quick and delicious meal is always a big stir fry. I use whatever veggies I have on hand and can mostly rustle the whole thing up from store cupboard ingredients.
My recipe for Veggie Satay Noodles with Quorn Vegan Pieces is perfect – delicious and filling.
To be honest, I could eat a huge bowl of stir fry with a tasty dressing most days. It’s one of the fastest meals ever, and today I’ve added one of my favourite freezer ingredients – Quorn Vegan Pieces. They add brilliant texture to the stir fry.
And, of course, the satay sauce is one of the most delicious sauces EVER! A generous dollop over the stir fry and noodles – amazing!
I hate to waste fresh or cooked veg, and stir fries, curries or soups are a great way to use them up – that’s why I created this recipe for Quorn’s Zero Waste campaign. It also makes it much easier if I’m stocked up with my store cupboard essential condiments and dry goods – I’ve detailed my core range below, they’re definitely worth stocking up on.
I hope you love this, much love, Niki xx
Things I always have in my cupboard to so I can whip up meals in super fast time using any fresh foods which need using up;
Fruit & veg
A selection of colourful vegetables and fruits.
Lentils – red split lentils (you can make a delicious dal in 15 minutes)
Puy lentils – the earthy flavour and texture is amazing. A very ‘meaty’ lentil
Quinoa – a complete plant based protein
Rices – white, arborio
Noodles and pasta
It’s really useful to have a variety for making pizzas, flatbreads, pancakes etc
Quality plain flour and wholemeal wheat – for a fluffy flatbread or pizza base
Buckwheat & Gram – my favourite gluten free options
Rye & Spelt – ancient grains. A lovely nutty texture
Nuts and seeds
Adds crunch, texture, protein and good fats. It’s good to add a little to your meals.
Seeds – dry toast them to enhance the flavour
Nuts – Essential for adding texture, protein and good fats
Nut butters – perfect healthy toast topper
Tahini – for making hummus and dressings
Beans & Chickpeas – keep a stock so you can make curries, chillis, dips, salads in no time
Tomatoes – the base for meals in minutes
Coconut milk & Coconut cream – for creamy curries and desserts.
Fridge & Freezer
Milks – there are some brilliant plant based milk in shops now: oat, almond, coconut, cashew, mixed, soy
Cheese– shop-bought or homemade nut cheeses
Tofu – firm & silken
Coconut/plant based yogurt – add a few tbsp to curries, soups, stews for a rich creamy texture and flavour
Frozen peas – a brilliant ingredient – you can make an amazing dip/mash in minutes, adds fantastic plant based protein to curries.
Quorn Vegan range
Sweetcorn/ Edamame/frozen veggies
Oils, Seasoning, Spices and herbs
Olive oil – use if cooking and roasting.
Extra virgin olive oil – adds delicious flavour for dressing, drizzles, dips, pestos
Toasted sesame oil – for adding that toasted flavour to Asian dishes
Coconut oil – I tend to use for Asian food
Salt/Sea Salt flakes
Lemon juice – immediately enhances flavour, a squeeze of lemon can go a long way
Stock– brilliant in soup & stews
Essential for adding flavour – here are the most useful:
Indian spices: cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, garam masala
Smokey flavours: smoked paprika and ancho chilli
Middle Eastern: fennel, caraway
Heat: chilli flakes, hot paprika, cayenne
Sweet: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, mix spice,
General: garlic powder
Siracha – powerful chilli sauce, add a boost to meals in seconds
Rose Harissa/harissa – adds incredible depth of flavour and colour.
Nutritional Yeast – the magic ingredient for nutty, cheesy, creamy, a deactivated yeast that’s a great source of b vitamins and part of the perfect cheese sauce with cashews
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