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MEAT FREE MONDAY: A spicy, peanutty, noodley mouth-gasm (and it take less than half an hour to cook)

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Because eating well doesn’t have to cost the Earth…

Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is one of the best things you can do for the planet but what if (like quite a few of us at Global Cool Headquarters) you’re not ready to ditch meat completely? Never fear, you can still do your bit for the planet (and make yourself healthier and richer) by incorporating Meat Free Mondays into your life.

Meat Free Mondays will bring you the crème de la crème of vegetarian recipes to encourage you to ditch meat just one night a week. And this spicy, peanutty noodle dish from Mary McCartney is totally moreish and irresistible as either lunch and dinner…

Yummy Rice NoodlesFor the noodles:
3 bundles rice noodles (approx. 400 g)
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil, plus extra for the noodles
125 g baby sweet corn, or 200 g tinned or frozen sweet corn
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
125 g green beans, chopped
150 g broccoli
chopped peanuts and coriander to sprinkle on top when serving (optional)
For the sauce:
3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons chilli jam or 4 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
300 ml heated vegetable stock
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy or tamari sauce
6 tablespoons coconut milk

Add all your sauce ingredients in to a mixing jug, and mix together well, so that the heated vegetable stock softens the ingredients together. Set aside while you prepare the vegetables.

Cook the rice noodles following the packet instructions, then drain them in a colander and toss them in a little sesame oil to prevent them from sticking together. You do not want the noodles too soft, but still al dente, as they will be heated again in the vegetables and sauce at the end.

To prepare the vegetables, heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in a large frying pan with deep sides (or a wok or big saucepan). Stir fry all the vegetables together for about 3 minutes on a medium to high heat.

Pour the sauce onto the vegetables in their pan and simmer gently for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked through but still have a good bite to them – not too soft.

Now stir in the cooked rice noodles. Mix together well and heat through.  I serve this hot, and sometimes garnished with chopped peanuts and chopped coriander.

Find out more about why you should introduce Meat Free Mondays to your life now!

frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

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