Salmon and peanut noodles

I love this because you feel pretty pleased with yourself that you've managed to knock out a Wagamama style dinner full of healthiness in less time than it takes to go to the Chinese for takeaway! I make my own sweet chilli sauce to go with it.
Serves: 2 • Prep time: 5 mins • Cook time: 10-15 mins • Easy 
  • sesame or olive oil
  • bunch of spring onions, chopped into 2cm lengths, including a fair bit of the green stalk.
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • small piece of ginger, yes you guessed it, finely chopped. To be honest here, I used frozen chopped chilli, garlic and ginger!
  • any greens, finely sliced, I used spring greens
  • 1 red and one yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced finely
  • about a level mugful of frozen edamame beans
  • large handful of peanuts
  • tablespoon of fish sauce
  • splash of rice wine vinegar (I didn't have any so I used white balsamic)
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 160g of dried wholewheat noodles
  • sea salt
  • ketjap manis
  • sweet chilli sauce (optional)
  • fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Boil a large saucepan of water, ready to cook the noodles.

Start frying the salmon in a heavy frying pan. Mean time heat the oil in a really large shallow pan or wok and fry the spring onion, chilli and garlic for a couple of minutes before adding the nuts, peppers, greens and edamame beans. Cook for 3-4 minutes so the beans thaw and cook and the peppers soften a little bit but everything retains its bright colour.

While that's cooking the water should be boiling so add the noodles and cook for about 4 mins, then drain.

Add the fish sauce and the vinegar to the vegetable pan and give it all a good stir before tipping in the noodles and using two forks to combine everything.

Serve in bowls with the salmon on top, with ketjap manis and sweet chilli sauce and a sprinkle of the coriander.
Nutrition info
Salmon (and its peer, sea trout) is very high in Vitamin B12, which is important for red blood cell production. A deficiency in B12 can result in a form of anaemia. B12 also helps to regulate production of a hormone called Homocysteine, an excess of which can lead to heart and blood vessel disease and stroke. Salmon is also a good source of Vitamin D, whose functions include bone health, blood sugar control and immunity. Many people are Vitamin D deficient – our bodies largely get it from sunlight with food being a secondary source.

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