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Monday, 8 July 2013

Thai inspired chilli prawns with noodles

Today I was inspired by the freshness of the Bang Bang Chicken salad (peanut butter chicken) we ate last week.
I thought these PRAWNS would go well with a chilli and lime dressing. I added an avocado to the salad, as I had some ripe and ready to eat.
It's unusual for us to have such lovely hot weather, and this lunch went down particularly well.
The ingredients provide enough for two good portions, which I estimate at around 350 calories each! Omit the avocado and you have a spicy salad around 250 calories.
To bulk out our meal, we ate some buttered rolls on the side. We still prefer to eat a good lunch around 450-500 calories, as it fills us up and we're not left feeling too hungry before our next meal. So if you often find yourself snacking mid-afternoon, the cure could be to eat a little more for your lunch. Here's my deliciously spicy recipe:

Prawns with chilli and lime
Ingredients (serves two)
150g pack of ready cooked large prawns
50g rice noodles
one large avocado (optional)
half a carrot
cucumber - cut into batons
4 spring onions
couple of radishes
mixed salad leaves
Dressing
1 tablespoon of oil (we used sesame but use whatever you have)
teaspoon of honey
juice of half a lime (you could add some zest too if you wish)
coriander - I used a good sprinkle of dried as I had no fresh
half a red chilli - deseeded and chopped
Finishing touch
sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds
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Cook the rice noodles and allow to cool. We covered ours with hot water for 5 minutes, placed in cold water then drained. 

Mix the dressing ingredients together then pour over the cooked prawns. Leave to marinate if you have time (I left mine for half an hour).

Around 10 minutes before serving, peel the avocado, if using, and chop into chunks and add to the prawns.

Slice the spring onions, cucumber and radish. Grate the carrot. Place these into a separate bowl. Add the noodles and mix together. Pour over a small amount of the dressing.

Arrange your salad leaves on a plate - you won't need to dress these, as there will be plenty in the prawns. Top with the noodles and vegetables. Finally, spoon over the prawns and avocado. Pour over any remaining dressing. 

Finish with a good sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. 
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