Laksa Prawn, Tofu and Yam Noodle Soup

Laksa Prawns with Tofu and Yam Noodle Soup

 

Laksa Prawn, Tofu and Yam Noodle Soup

Laksa Prawn, Tofu and Yam Noodle Soup

I’m currently trying to lose a little of my ‘cake weight’ by trying out the 5:2 diet. I’m sure you have already heard about this latest fad diet, but it basically relies on eating 2 non-consecutive days of no more than 500 calories (for women) and then eating up to your ‘Total Daily Energy Expenditure’ (a metric to calculate the amount of calories your body needs to function in a day). Sounds complicated but I use a calorie counting app to help me, so it’s simple!

As I dread the thought of being hungry, I’ve done lots of research into what foods to eat on ‘fast’ days. I’ve also read a lot of evidence that shows that fasting has huge benefits for health generally!

I tend to stick to highly spiced food for my fasting meals, I guess because the flavours are intensified when my body is really hungry! I’ve been sticking to lentil and vegetable curries/soups. These are really easy to make and portion up for a week’s worth of meals. However being a food lover, the idea of having the same meal  twice a week, week in week out, fills me with dread! So Laksa Prawns with Tofu and Yams Noodle Soup was born! 😀

Laksa Prawn, Tofu and Yam Noodle Soup

Laksa Prawn, Tofu and Yam Noodle Soup

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 40g Yeo’s Laksa Paste
  • 14 pieces (114 g) Konnyaku – Yam Noodles (from your local Chinese supermarket)
  • 200g firm Silken Tofu- cubed
  • 3 Rehydrated Shitake mushrooms- sliced (reserve the water for cooking)
  • 100g Sugar Snap Peas
  • 200g Shrimp
  • Chopped Spring Onions (to serve)

Method:

  • Dry fry the Laksa paste until fragrant, add the prawns and stir fry
  • Add the water from the rehydrated mushrooms (stock), then the mushroom and sugar snap peas. Bring to boil
  • Reduce heat and add the noodles and tofu to warm through. Don’t over stir it as the tofu will fall apart!
  • Sprinkle with chopped green onions then serve!

This meal comes to 250 calories a portion. It’s not a measly portion either! 😉

All these ingredients can be bought from your local Chinese/Asian supermarket. I’m not claiming this recipe to be authentic in any way, but a lovely meal to look forward to when on a calorie restricted diet! 😀

 

Tofu Stir Fry with Chicken and Chorizo rice

Chorizo and Chicken Rice with Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry

Tofu Stir Fry with Chicken and Chorizo Rice

Tofu Stir Fry with Chicken and Chorizo Rice

I have previously posted a recipe for Macau Portuguese Baked Rice. This time I have used the same flavour combinations but simplified the recipe for a quicker meal that takes less than 30 minutes to put together and serve for a mid week dinner. Refer to the previous recipe, but skip the cheese and boiled eggs so the rice is only steamed on the stove. I poached some chicken with cloves, bay leaves and garlic then left it in the fridge, for when I was cooking this dish. However any left over roast chicken will work too.

Chorizo and Chicken Rice

Chorizo and Chicken Rice

To go with the rice, I quickly stir-fried some ready cooked fried tofu with some chopped leeks, mange tout, celery and mushrooms. These are basically the vegetables I had in the fridge/freezer so any you have to use up could work too.

Tofu Stir Fry

Tofu Stir Fry

Fried tofu is a great vegetarian staple to have in the fridge for a quick and nutritious meal. They can be bought in bags in Asian supermarkets (look in the fridges) or you can deep fry your own tofu.

Fried Tofu Sticks

Fried Tofu Sticks

To add flavour to the tofu and vegetables, I used a couple of table spoons of vegetarian stir-fry sauce (an alternative to oyster sauce), light and dark soy sauce, and sesame oil. The tofu soaks up all the flavours like a sponge, so you can add what ever you like to the sauce. I added a few splashes of water too as the dish was a little too dry. Remember not to over cook the vegetables as you’re looking for the crunchy texture to contrast the soft tofu!

Tofu Stir Fry with Chicken and Chorizo rice

Tofu Stir Fry with Chicken and Chorizo rice

This tofu dish can be served with plain rice or egg fried rice for a filling vegetarian meal.

If you are avoiding gluten, double check the label of the chorizo and cooking sauces for gluten. Gluten free versions can usually be found!