Simple stir fry with spiralised courgette (zucchini) noodles


If you're looking for a simple healthy stir fry recipe that you can knock up in minutes then this is for you. It's perfect for vegans, a meal on a 5:2 fast day or simply increasing your veg intake for the day. If you're lucky your kids might be fooled into thinking they're eating ordinary noodles. Spiralised courgettes (zucchini) are surely one of the most ingenious forms of hidden vegetables out there, right? 

There's a good chance you have most of the ingredients in your store cupboard and freezer and you can easily adapt it to what you have available. All I went out to buy was a courgette. I already had one in the fridge but I thought I'd need two. In the end I only used one as it produced way more noodles than I was expecting.

The kids definitely prefer ordinary noodles but I was really pleased that they both tried them and when I told them they were spiralised courgettes they were really quite excited! This stir fry would be lovely with broccoli as well - but there's no point wasting good broccoli on my kids to be honest as the lot will go in the bin so I didn't include any for this recipe.

I made this recipe to try out some of the ingredients that I received to try out for Lee Kum Kee. I was sent Chiu Chow Chilli Oil, Premium Light Soy Sauce and Pure Sesame Oil. I didn't use the chilli oil in this recipe as it's pretty fiery and would have been too hot for the kids. I have used it a couple of times in other dishes and it's really good - and a great way of spicing up a dish if you don't have a fresh chilli to hand.

Ingredients (serves one adult, or three young children)
A handful of frozen peas
A handful of frozen green beans
1 tbsp pure sesame oil
1 courgette, spiralised (peel it if you have kids who object to the green skin)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Blanch the peas and green beans by cooking in boiling water for two minutes, then placing in iced water or running under the cold tap to refresh.

Heat the sesame oil in a non-stick wok or frying pan. Add the courgette and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add the peas and beans, the soy sauce and the sesame seeds. Stir fry for a further minute or two until everything is well combined and hot. Serve immediately. 

Disclaimer: I was sent some products to try out by Lee Kum Kee. I received no other payment for this post.