It’s been cold and miserable outside for weeks now and all I want to do is snuggle up at home and have something for dinner that really warms me up after a long day, but I’m picky when it comes to the perfect winter warmer. I want something quick, simple and healthy without having to compromise on taste. Impossible? Wrong!
Asian food is perfect for those gloomy winter months, because it’s full of flavours, tasty and has a nice kick to it, which means that it warms you up from the inside without stuffing you like a plate full of macaroni cheese or stew.
If you want to give this tasty Thai vegetable broth with spicy meatballs a try (I insist you do!), here’s the recipe for you:
half a grated onion
2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
a handful of fresh chopped coriander, plus some extra to garnish
1cm grated root ginger
700g mince meat
1tbsp vegetable oul
4 pints beef stock
300g egg noodles
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
half a broccoli, cut into florets
optional, if you like it extra spicy: 1 tbsp tom yum paste
1. Grate the onion and ginger and add half the chilli as well as the coriander and mince to the bowl. Season to taste.
2. Mix the ingredients and form meatballs. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry your meatballs until they’re evenly browned all over. Meanwhile, bring your beef stock to simmer in a saucepan.
3. Add your carrots, broccoli, noodles and chilli to the broth before slowly adding your meatballs. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. (If you like it extra spicy, add a tbsp of tom yum paste at this step).
4. Serve your broth and meatballs with a garnish of coriander.
What’s your favourite Winter Warmer?
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