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Healthy Midweek Stir-fry

CHICKEN, GINGER AND PINEAPPLE STIR-FRY

You can’t beat a simple stir-fry midweek and this is full of flavour and goodness.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil

4 small chicken breasts, cut into strips

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

1 small ripe pineapple, peeled and cut into 2-3cm (about 1in) pieces

25g (1oz) root ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

250g punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved

200g (7oz) beansprouts

1 bunch of spring onions, sliced into 3-4cm (1¼-1½in) pieces

2tbsp oyster sauce

2tbsp caster sugar

75ml (2½fl oz) chicken stock

Small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped

Cooked wholewheat noodles tossed in a little sesame oil or Thai rice, to serve

METHOD

Heat a wok over a high heat and add 1tbsp of the oil. Season the chicken with a little salt and pepper and stir-fry with the garlic for 3-4 minutes until it has browned. Remove from the wok and keep warm.

Add the remaining 1tbsp of oil to the wok and add the pineapple, ginger, tomatoes, beansprouts, spring onions, oyster sauce and sugar. Stir fry for about 1 minute before adding the stock.

Providing you still have the wok over a high heat, it should instantly come to the boil.

Cook for about 3 minutes until the sauce is becoming thick and sticky. Return the chicken to the pan along with the coriander.

Toss to combine and serve with the noodles or rice.

PS…

Strips of pork or raw tiger prawns can be used instead of the chicken, simply cook as above.

Photography, thanks to Gareth Morgans.

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Salad

Lots of crunchy fresh vegetables, juicy shredded chicken and rice noodles tossed together with a lime and chilli dressing make a megahealthy, refreshing lunch. The tangy dressing is fat-free and the veggies certainly give you a generous boost towards your five-a-day. Pack up the salad in a box and tuck into it with chopsticks if you want to be really authentic (or use pencils if you’re eating at your desk!).

serves two

takes about 20 to 25 minutes to make

for the salad

500ml water or chicken stock

2 skinless chicken breasts

125g thin rice noodles

1?4 Chinese leaf/cabbage, finely shredded

1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks

1?4 cucumber, cut into matchsticks

4 spring onions, sliced into thin strips

a small handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped

a small handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped

50–100g roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped

for the dressing

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon caster sugar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 long red chilli (about the size

of your index finger),

deseeded and finely sliced

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