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Recipe: Sticky Peanut Noodle Stir Fry (gluten and dairy free)

I found some gluten free brown rice noodles at the supermarket (finally) so I had to make this! The great thing about stir-frying is that you can chuck in whatever veg you have lying around (or meat, if you’re that way inclined), make it as big or as small as you need, and it takes 15 minutes to make. What makes this one special is the peanut sauce!

Ingredients:

250g gluten free brown rice noodles (dry weight)

1 head brocolli, broken into small florets

2 carrots, thinly sliced

1 red pepper, chopped

1 stick celery, chopped

1 red chilli, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp lazy ginger (or a 2cm piece of fresh ginger)

For the Peanut Sauce:

125g Whole Earth Smooth Peanut Butter

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp gluten free tamari sauce

1 tbsp honey (or agave nectar to make it vegan)

1 tbsp water

juice of 1 lime

50g sesame seeds

Method:

  • Put a large pan of water on to boil for the noodles, and meanwhile chop the veg for the stir fry
  • Pop your noodles into the boiling water, and add your veg to a hot pan with some oil (leave the chilli & garlic out for now)
  • Mix together the ingredients for the sauce
  • The noodles and the stir fry should both only take around 5 minutes, so at the last minute, add the garlic and chilli to the stir fry
  • Mix the peanut sauce in with the stir fry, then drain your noodles.
  • Add your noodles to the stir fry pan, and mix well (the rice noodles can be a bit sticky and stubborn, but persevere for a minute) then take off the heat and serve immediately!

This was supposed to make enough for me and OH tonight, with one dish left over for lunch tomorrow, but OH liked it so much he polished it all off tonight. So it must have been good :)

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Sticky Flourless Chocolate Brownies :)

Link: Nigella’s Flourless Chocolate Brownies

Perfect Sunday night comfort food! Me and OH made these tonight – great because you don’t need any gums, any flour, or any baking powder.  They are so easy to make, just use dairy free chocolate, and dairy free spread instead of butter!We didn’t make the chocolate sauce, mainly because the brownies are rich enough without it (and also because of laziness…)  They are so gooey that we gave them about 20 mins longer in the oven than the recipe says, and you definitely don’t want to try eating them without a spoon ;)

So, you’re intolerant to Stuff?

I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of intolerance vs allergy and food diaries and doctors… but I will say that, once you’ve got over the shock, it really isn’t all bad.

OK so you can’t make a cheese and onion toastie with Braces extra thick white bread… but time is a great healer. You’ll get over it – by discovering new things that you never knew you liked, because you never had to like them.

A year ago I had no time to cook – I was the master of plonking some pasta in some creamy sauce, shoving a garlic baguette in the oven, and patting myself on the back for my culinary skills.   Discovering you have intolerances means that you have to check the labels on everything (why the hell is there wheat in cornflakes??).  It also means that you learn that there are lots of things you can’t have; and lots of over-priced specialist versions of these that you can have. What are you going to do, make everything from scratch?

No, you don’t have to be ripped off. And you don’t have to spend 24/7 in the kitchen.  If you can find a ‘free-from’ item that you’ll use and can’t make yourself, buy it. Don’t waste money buying the things that you either don’t need, or can make easily yourself.   Start putting together simple meals that you never before made the effort to make. Make things for your whole family – my OH loves my gluten and lactose free cooking. It’s addictively satisfying. 

Intolerances often cause fatigue and irritability. That was one of my main reasons for staying out of the kitchen – I didn’t have the energy, and I couldn’t be bothered. But if you’re prepared to put in a bit of effort, you’ll notice how much better your body feels when you fuel it with foods that it can digest properly, and I can honestly tell you there’s no better feeling.

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