MTT: Asian-style Broth With King Prawns


Breast feeding makes you HUNGRY. So hungry. According to an article I read recently it burns 500 calories A DAY which explains how I lost 5lb in 5 days and also means I will be breast feeding Huxley til he’s 18. Anything to avoid exercise.

I’m eating a breakfast, elevensies, big lunch and big dinner. Plus biscuits. I need my three meals a day and am craving all sorts of veg, carbs and protein; this is tougher than it sounds with a clingy toddler (there’s only so much colouring she wants to do) and a baby who wants to be cuddled by his mama all the time. Baby cuddling + a gas hob = a one-way ticket to a visit from Social Services.

So these days dinner preparation takes place in snatched moments when babies are asleep or between 8pm-8.30pm when Will gets home and I can hand Hux off to him between feeds. Last night was a 30 minute special full of veggies, healthy and filling that I adapted from a recipe on The Londoner, a blog choc-full of healthy recipes that don’t compromise on flavour. I still ate a chocolate pudding afterwards, but this can come off my new 500 cal allowance.

Pretty much all ingredients in this recipe come in convenient ready-to-cook packs but don’t let this put you off; it’s what makes the broth so ingeniously quick and easy.

MTT Quickie: Asian-style broth with veg and noodles
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
  • 1 tin beef consommé
  • 1 pack fresh veg, such as sugar snap peas and baby sweet corn
  • Handful chopped mushrooms
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 pack cooked prawns
  • 1 small pack straight-to-wok noodles
  • Fresh coriander to garnish
  1. Put the veg (excluding the mushrooms) in a dish with a lid with a tbsp of water and microwave for 2 mins, or half the specified cooking time.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a saucepan on a medium heat.
  3. Add the microwaved veg plus mushrooms and cook for 2 mins. Add the prawns and cook for a further 2 mins. Add the noodles and break up.
  4. Add the tin of consommé to the pan with the fish and soy sauce. Chop and add the chilli.
  5. When piping hot serve in bowls with the coriander sprinkled on top.


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  1. So you got a cuddly boy too who won’t be put down? What’s with these little dudes?! Mine is accepting marginally more time out of my arms with each week that goes by….

    Posted 6.5.12 Reply
  2. Cazza wrote:

    Alice, how do you do all this?! And then blog it. You are an inspiration. Looks yum. x

    Posted 6.6.12 Reply
  3. Honest Mum wrote:

    Wow looks incredible. I crave prawns constantly so will be making this beauty. Thanks x

    Posted 6.8.12 Reply
  4. hannah wrote:

    yeah man! – I’ve been eyeing this up for a few days now. Looking forward to eating it tonight (and settling down to read your latest post – your fella likes the stripes too, huh?!) xx

    Posted 6.8.12 Reply