I made a new discovery whilst doing a food shop today – Sainsbury’s now sells courgetti and boodles (butternut squash noodles)! I’m very impressed!
Vegetable noodles are actually pretty simple to make if you have a Julienne peeler, but this takes convenience to the next level. Feeling lazy, I decided to try them.
I went for a homemade tomato, sweet potato and chickpea stew to accompany the noodles. This was so simple to make, and most of the ingredients came out cans – ideal for student budgets! Cooked tomatoes (rich in lycopene) and sweet potato (rich in vitamin A) are so good for you, whilst the chickpeas are a great protein source for veggies. I added a squeeze of ketchup (yep, you heard me) for a hint of sweetness to balance out the acid – try it! It’s great!
If you’re using a grain as a base, prepare it ahead of time. The stew took about 25 mins to make but will serve you at least three meals so it’s well worth it! Here’s how
- 3 cloves of garlic, diced finely
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 carrots
- herbs, salt, pepper
- squeeze of ketchup
- olive oil
- something to serve it on: i went for veggie noodles, but rice, quinoa, couscous would all be great
- optional: flaked almonds, hummus to top
- Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into bitesize chunks. Put them on to boil
- In a big frying pan, pan fry the garlic in a splash of olive oil until browned
- Add the chickpeas and a generous pinch of herbs (I like oregano or herbs de provence)
- After 5 mins or so, add the chopped tomatoes to the chickpeas. Season to taste. Add the ketchup here if you think it’s a little sharp – I always do
- The carrots and potatoes should be done about now. Drain them and add to the tomato mixture, then leave to simmer for 5/10 mins
- Meanwhile, prepare your base. For me, this was a case of chucking a pack of veggie noodles in the microwave for 3 mins!
- Ladle a big scoop of stew onto your base. Top with extra chickpeas, smoked paprika, a teaspoon of hummus and toasted almonds for a real treat
Whilst I enjoyed the novelty of the noodles, I didn’t find them entirely satisfying and had to be extra generous with the stew and hummus . Though for 50 calories, it’s a bit unfair to expect any different I suppose! I’d recommend saving veggie noodles for creamy, avocado based sauces and go for a big bowl of good old quinoa with this one. Enjoy!