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Willowton Group Wok-Fried Noodles

Ever wondered how to add that extra zing to your vegetarian dishes? Well here’s 5 tips how to prep tasty vegetarian meals, plus 2 delicious recipes from the Willowton Group – Wok-Fried Noodles and, Melkkos With Cinnamon Sugar.

5 tips on ways to prepare tasty vegetarian dishes

  1. Sweet, sour, salty, umami flavours: When creating dishes, look to create these sensations in the mouth to tantalize the taste buds.
    The sweet flavour can come from using fruit, honey, palm sugar, coconut sugar or sweet tasting vegetables.
    Sour foods come from using lemon juice, tamarind, tomatoes (can be sweet or sour), apple cider vinegar.
    Saltiness may come from foods such as seaweed, soya sauce, Tamarin sauce, Himalayan salt.
    Lastly, umami flavour comes from certain foods such as mushrooms, asparagus, sweet potato, Chinese cabbage, carrots, avocados, soya beans.
    An example would be when cooking a Moroccan curry, the sweetness comes from using coconut milk, adding in preserved lemon can increase the sourness as well as the salt and bringing in vegetables such as mushrooms and sweet potato creates that umami experience. When doing a stir fry, Thai soup, salad… keep these thoughts front of mind to create a perfect balance.

2. Where is the texture
Are you in the mood for something with a smooth texture or crunchy? Adding variety to a meal is important as it gives you different sensations in the mouth.

3. Add some power and improve satiety
Bring in protein-based foods and healthy fats. Tossing in protein-based foods such as beans, pulses, legumes, tofu etc. and healthy fats including avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil etc. creates a lovely mouth feel but also increases satiety. Toast the seeds to give variety. Make an avocado and lemon dressing and add to a delicious, crunchy salad.

4. Roast, griddle, bake, pan fry
Using different styles of cooking can add to the deliciousness of food. Try roasting your veg then tossing in the chickpeas and toasted seeds or griddle your aubergine to enhance the flavour of the dish.

5. Spice or herb it up
Use spices and/or herbs as they create so much flavour in a dish. Not only do they tantalize your taste buds, they also stimulate your olfactory nerve which is responsible for smell.
Adding spices such as cumin, coriander, cardamom,chili, turmeric, fenugreek, paprika etc will make a worthwhile vegetarian meal.

Using fresh herbs such as coriander, basil, thyme, sage, rosemary also adds subtleness to a meal, or you may create strength by roasting vegetables with rosemary.

The combination of garlic, ginger, fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs/spices have so many health benefits, but they can really take the dish to the next level.

Finding the combination and amount of these spices/herbs can really add to your repertoire of delicious vegetarian meals.

Willowton recipes

Recipe Name Wok-Fried Noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Prep Time Format hours/min 6 minutes
Serves 3 – 4
Category ○      Thai Main meal
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Recipe Short Description If you’re a fan of either Chinese or Thai cuisine then you should try-out Willowton’s easy wok-fried noodle recipe that uses common, everyday vegetable ingredients for a nutritious, meat-free meal that’s both aromatic and flavourful; and that won’t cost you a fortune sourcing exotic ingredients.

Aside from the excellent taste and flavour, this fun recipe has the added advantage in that it comes together amazingly quickly with prep time estimated at less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients 30ml Sunfoil Sunflower Oil
200g Chinese cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, julienne
1/2 each red and yellow pepper, julienne
10ml fresh ginger, grated
30ml soy sauce
45ml sweet chilli sauce2 x 2 min noodles cooked according to packet
instructions, drained
4 spring onions, sliced on angle
100g bean sprouts
15ml black and/or white sesame seeds, toasted
Directions 1. Heat the oil in a wide pan or wok and stir-fry the cabbage, carrot and peppers for 2–3 minutes.

2. Add the ginger, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and noodles and cook for 2 minutes, tossing to combine.

3. Remove from the heat and add the spring onions, bean sprouts and sesame seeds.

4. Toss to combine and serve at once.


Recipe Name Melkkos With Cinnamon Sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Prep Time Format (hours or minutes) 15 minutes
Serves 4
Category South African dessert
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Recipe Short Description
Willowton Group Sunfoil Sunflower Oil melkkos recipe
A delicious melkkos recipe

Melkkos Recipe – a South African heritage recipe.

The combination of childhood nostalgia and creamy comfort food is reason enough to try your hand at making this traditional pudding that you won’t find on the shelves at any supermarket.

Melkkos is especially delicious when served up as a warm winter dessert.

So make your granny proud and master the art of this meal with our easy recipe that you and your family will soon learn to love and enjoy.

Ingredients Cinnamon Sugar:
50g sugar
5ml ground cinnamonMelkkos:
90g cake flour
2ml salt
80ml Sunshine D’Lite 40% fat
spread50g sugar
1.5L milk
1 cinnamon stick
2ml ground nutmeg
5ml sea salt flakes
Directions Cinnamon Sugar:
1. Mix sugar and ground cinnamon together.Melkkos:1. Rub together the flour, salt and fat spread in between your fingertips until it’ crumbly.2. Add the sugar and mix through. Heat the milk, cinnamon stick and ground nutmeg in a large pan.3. Bring to boil, then simmer, gradually adding spoonfuls of the crumble mixture, whisking continuously.4. Cook, while still whisking, for 8-10 minutes. 5. Turn off the heat, remove and discard the
cinnamon stick and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.6. Serve a spoonful of melkkos in a bowl, topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Top with another spoonful, ending with a layer of cinnamon sugar.

Who: Willowton Group
Willowton Recipes: https://www.nowwecooking.co.za/recipes/