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TUESDAY, 07 FEBRUARY 2017

Low-carb hot and sour courgette noodles with Sichuan fragrant oil

 
 
A low-carb dinner with a spicy kick?  Yes please!  Low-carb hot and sour courgette noodles with Sichuan fragrant oil is super tasty and provides a small kick to the metabolism courtesy of all the spice.  
 
Since I created this dish, the supermarkets have given us courgette spaghetti, meaning we can be extra lazy and literally go straight to wok without all the chopping.  Truth be told, I find the preparation quite relaxing but, when time is against us, why not cheat!  
 
A healthy dish absolutely packed with flavour that is ready in a matter of minutes in the Lotus Wok.  Full recipe in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health.  
 
Have a great day!
 
Love, Ching x
TUESDAY, 31 JANUARY 2017

Revitalising Oatmeal

 
 
I am exhausted but happy after a very busy Chinese New Year!  It’s these moments of relative calm that I like to recharge my batteries and treat myself to some nutritious goodies.  At breakfast time, I really love to pimp up my oatmeal with a pile of blueberries and raspberries, which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins - they will also provide a boost to your immune system.  On top of that, I also go crazy with some amazing goji berries - a superfood that has the highest concentration of protein of any fruit.  If you are working out, add some protein powder to the oatmeal to add some extra muscle repairing protein.
 
Oatmeal with attitude!  I have a great recipe in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health for just this breakfast, “Revitalising oatmeal with blueberries, raspberries and manuka honey”.  
 
Love, Ching x
WEDNESDAY, 25 JANUARY 2017

Eat Clean at Chinese New Year

 

Chinese New Year is steeped in tradition and symbolism, but you can still put a modern take on the traditional meal by adding some healthy, clean eating dishes to the table, to sit alongside the customary favourites.   Who says we can’t afford a bit of creative licence to interpret the Chinese New Year symbolism! For those of you who are looking for a healthy Chinese New Year menu that is still packed full of flavour and depth, I have a Chinese Fusion noodle dish that will keep the taste buds satisfied - my Shredded smoked mackerel, egg ‘crumbs’, rocket, buckwheat soba with yuzu dressing.

 

Noodles are an important part of the Chinese New Year feast table.  During the family ‘reunion dinner’ or “Tuan Yuan Fan”, a noodle dish at Chinese New Year is a must, as it symbolises one of the important ‘greats’: longevity. Whatever you do, don't cut your noodles – they represent long life!  Mandarin word for fish is ‘yu’, meaning abundance, adding another symbolic element to the Chinese New Year feast.  The full recipe is in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health or on my recipe page here.

 

Are any of you planning a Chinese New Year feast? I’ll be posting up more tips and suggestions over the next few days so keep an eye on my page.

 

Love, Ching x

WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2017

Spicy Lamb Stew

 
 
There is nothing like a warming stew or casserole on a chilly day.  My Spicy lamb stew is my Chinese twist on a classic.  It’s a lovely fusion dish bringing together spices from central China, chilli bean paste from Sichuan, potatoes from the New World and carrots from Europe.  Delicious and easy to make, it tastes even better if kept and eaten the following day. You can serve with mantou (Chinese-style steamed buns), pitta bread or a buttered roll.  
 
Like a having a warm, comforting hug!  Full recipe in Ching’s Fast Food.
 
Love, Ching x
TUESDAY, 17 JANUARY 2017

Steaming

 
 
Sometimes it is just simple changes to the way we cook that makes all the difference.  Steaming is such a fantastic way of maximising flavour whilst locking in the nutrients.  It’s an incredibly healthy way to cook and also helps to keep food hot before it is served at the table.  I have included a steaming rack with my Lotus Wok to make the process even easier.
 
In Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health, I have a great recipe for Steamed Sesame Chicken with supergreen salad.  Add toasted sesame oil and Chinese five spice powder to the chicken and pop on a heatproof plate, onto the rack and steam under the glass lid.  You are left with super succulent chicken and a delicious dressing that you can pour over the dish.  It’s a pure and tasty dish that is low in fat and… no more dry chicken!
 
Full recipe is in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health
 
Love, Ching x