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As a food lover, particularly vegetables, I can’t begin to explain how heart-breaking it is to have a very fussy-eater in the family. Bring out the violins. It breaks my heart. Lacey is a good little eater and will give anything a try, but Lulu… well she’s a little bit harder work. Our fall-back food, the meal that will ALWAYS fill her tummy and make her happy is MAGGI 2 minute noodles. But because she’s fussy, they have to be done the right way. They have to be without the flavour, and there needs to be some crunchy noodles in the bowl for her, as well as the perfectly soft ones too. FUSSY. Just writing that sentence I realised I might be part of the problem, by simply not being tougher on her and surrendering to her fussy food requests.
So, we always have noodles in the cupboard. ALWAYS. Lacey likes hers with chicken stock and extra flavour. Hubby does a weird thing where he adds in butter and whatever he can find in the fridge. I prefer mine made into a meal, a chicken soup preferably. Noodles are incredibly versatile, and the flavour/meal combos are endless – something I’m especially grateful for given the many different ways we eat them. They’re filled with the goodness of invisible wholegrain too.
Today I’m sharing three recipes that turn those humble noodles into family-sized meals, packed with flavour. They’re really easy to make, but delicious to eat.
CRUNCHY NOODLE SALAD
This is such a delicious and easy recipe! You can turn it into a meal by adding leftover shredded chicken or make it a side dish. It goes really well with roasted pork belly.
To make: Simply combine, 2 cups shredded cabbage, 4 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted, 3 spring onions sliced, 1 carrot grated, 1 cup BBQ chicken shredded and 1 x MAGGI Wholegrain Chicken 2 minute noodles into a serving dish. In a small bowl add 1 tablespoon of caster sugar and 3/4 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Stir and pour over salad. Serve immediately.
HAM & VEGGIE NOODLE MUFFINS
These make the perfect light dinner, just serve them with salad… or make them and pop them in lunchboxes.
To make: Preheat your oven to 180ºC, and spray 8 muffin cups with cooking spray. Cook one packed of MAGGI Wholegrain Chicken 2 minute noodles as the directions on the packet state. Place into a bowl. Add in 1 large carrot grated, and 1 zucchini grated, 2 eggs, 125ml of sour cream, the 1/2 cup chopped ham, and 1/2 cup tasty cheese. Stir to combine and then scoop into the muffin cases. Top with half a cherry tomato and place into the oven. Cook for 35 minutes.
SUPER QUICK ASIAN SOUP
This is my favourite easy dinner. The ginger and coriander make it taste like comfort food. If you like things a little spicy, add in some fresh chilli.
To make: Place one packet of MAGGI Wholegrain Chicken 2 minute noodles in a saucepan with 2 cups of chicken stock, and 2 cups of water. Add in the chicken flavouring sachet, 1 tsp of ginger, 1 cup shredded cooked chicken, 1 spring onion sliced, and 1/4 cup coriander leaves. Bring to the boil, and serve immediately.
I would love to hear how you mix up your MAGGI 2 minute noodles. Share below in the comments how you eat yours, and the most creative recipe will win a $150 Woolworths Gift Card and a MAGGI hamper so they can get creative in the kitchen too. Competition closes December 1st at 11:59pm, and is open to Australian residents only. One entry per household.