Spicy Vegetarian Dragon Noodles – Hot & Healthy!
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These spicy dragon noodles are not for the faint of heart! If you like a bit of fire in your mouth then you’re in the right place – this quick vegetarian chinese recipe is loaded with delicious chili and ginger and is sure to get that fire burning!
But we’re not just after this vegetable stir fry noodle recipe for its awesome flavour – as with all our recipes, we’re all about those health benefits. With dragon noodles, our focus is on their metabolism boosting effects!
How could dragon noodles help boost your metabolism?
Before we get into, a bit of Nutrition 101: what is metabolism? Metabolism is basically the process by which your body converts food into energy (or fat). It plays a role in weight gain/loss because:
Slow metabolism = fewer calories burnt = more stored as fat.
Fast metabolism = more calories burnt = less stored as fat.
There are many different factors that affect metabolism – from genetics to hormones to diet. While you can’t entirely control it, there are a few things you can do that could potentially boost it, such as introducing certain foods to your diet, like this healthy noodle recipe.
Of course, we can’t promise that eating a few booster foods alone will help you lose weight. You have to take many things into account – there’s no magic spell! That’s why we run our vegetarian weight loss courses – to guide you through the process.
But for now, let’s look at which ingredients in our spicy dragon noodles recipe could help boost your metabolism!
Eggs are hard to beat!
There are a couple of eggs in this spicy vegetable noodle recipe. Eggs provide protein and are among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! Protein rich foods may help increase metabolism because they require the body to use more energy to digest. Studies show that protein rich foods increase the metabolic rate by 15-30%.
If you fancy another Asian-inspired recipe using eggs, aside from this vegetarian noodle recipe, we’ve got these delicious soy sauce eggs for you.
Feeling hot hot hot ! The benefits of chilli
Capsaicin, a chemical found in chilli peppers, can boost your metabolism by increasing the number of calories your body burns. A review shows that capsaicin in chilli peppers increases energy expenditure by approximately 50 calories per day.
The chili in this spicy noodle recipe is providing more than just fiery flavour! Who knew eating hot noodles could boost your metabolism too!?
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Getting to the root of it: benefits of ginger
Ginger also shows a metabolism boosting effect. For example, there is evidence that consuming ginger powder in hot water enhances the thermic effect of food.
The majority of research into ginger has been conducted on ginger powder. We use fresh ginger for our spicy dragon noodles, which is even healthier as it is less processed.
Therefore, if studies suggest that even powdered ginger has a metabolism boosting effect, then that stands fresh ginger in very good stead as a metabolism boosting food!
What our readers are saying?
I made this last night and it was awesomazing. (Yes I made up that word) I am a new vegetarian and this meal was one my entire family really enjoyedDamon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wowzers, this actually makes me dribble! Amazing photography!Hedi
So there you have it: an easy vegetarian Chinese food recipe with few ingredients that packs a punch of flavour AND health benefits (check out our favorite 40 veggie Chinese recipes if you want more!)! We won’t keep you from the kitchen any longer!
- 9 oz noodles (wide are best in this dish, but pasta or spaghetti can be used too!)
- 1 carrot
- 1 thumb ginger, fresh
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 spring onions
- 1 chili
- 1 large dollop favourite spicy sauce (I use a really spicy sweet chilli, but this is where you control the heat of the meal so take the level you’re comfortable with)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 small handful parsley, fresh
- Salt to taste
- Put the noodles into boiling water to cook. If they’re quick cooking noodles (less than 8 mins) then wait until after you’ve prepped the veg (that’s the next step).9 oz noodles
- Grate, julienne or spiralize the carrots and dice the ginger, garlic, spring onions and chili and fry everything together with oil (peanut oil is a great choice for Asian style cooking, but we often just grab olive if it’s to hand anyway) in a large pan for three or four minutes. Don’t add the garlic or ginger until halfway through.1 carrot, 1 thumb ginger, fresh, 1 clove garlic, 3 spring onions, 1 chili
- Use a spatula to stir and stop the ingredients sticking.
- Add the spicy and soy sauces and stir in. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the sauce and mix it up to give it a more ‘creamy’ effect1 large dollop favourite spicy sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce
- Crack the eggs into a small bowl or cup and give a quick whisk with a fork.2 eggs
- Pour the egg mix into the pan and stir it well in. Use the spatula move the egg around quickly so it cooks in a scrambled style. That should take no more than 2 minutes and when the egg is cooked take the pan off the heat. Throw in the parsley and salt, and sesame seeds if you're using them.1 small handful parsley, fresh, Salt to taste, sesame seeds
- The pasta should be ready by now, so drain and rinse and add it to the pan. Mix everything up well so the noodles are coated in your delicious spicy sauce.
- You’re now ready to serve!