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According to Chinese Medicine winter means it is time to nourish and warm your body, to help get you through these cold rainy days. It is also the time to build up your internal stores, and replenish your Kidney energy.

A healthy, nourishing diet involves eating what is seasonal, and in winter that includes root vegetables, cabbage and brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and winter greens. At this time of year food should be cooked slowly, and some of the best meals are hearty soups and stews.

For something a bit different though, try this warming vegetarian winter stir-fry. Chinese five-spice powder is perfect for gently warming the body and supporting the kidneys, and the black sesame seeds are used to nourish the blood. They are readily available at Asian groceries, along with fried tofu.

The exact combination of vegetables doesn’t matter, so substitute in any of your seasonal favourites.

Keep the chili mild, and enjoy the gentle warmth of the spices.

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Warming Vegetarian Winter Stir-Fry
warming vegetarian winter stir-fry
Course Main Meal, Pasta
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Meal, Pasta
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
warming vegetarian winter stir-fry
Instructions
  1. Prepare the egg noodles according to the packet.
  2. Add the sunflower oil to the wok and heat to a high temperature. Add the onion and cook for 1 minute. Add the carrot and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tofu, mushrooms, ginger, garlic and chili. Cook for several more minutes.
  3. Add the cabbage and the Asian greens and cook until wilted. Add the pinch of sugar, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Remove the vegetables from the wok.
  4. Add the drained noodles to the wok, then add the soy sauce, rice wine, black sesame seeds and five-spice powder, mix them well and cook for several minutes. Add the tofu, then return the vegetables to the wok, and toss together.
  5. Serve immediately, and Enjoy!
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