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Mushroom Noodle Bowl

Do you know that it is Meat Free Meat this week? While we are not participating in Meat Free Week, I do love to have at least one, sometimes two, meat free days per week as part of our regular family menu. Mushrooms are a fabulous way to add bulk and great nutritional value to a vegetarian meal. Adding this meatiness can be important to family harmony for those who have dedicated meat lovers in the family, or those who are generally adverse to a vegetarian meal.

This Mushroom Noodle recipe is satisfying, healthy and very moreish. It will most certainly be returning to our family table often.

I made a slight variation of the recipe for the kids – I chopped the vegetables much smaller than shown in the picture and do not add the Korean chilli paste (Gochujang).

This is my recipe for Mushroom Noodles, I hope that you love it:

Mushroom Noodles
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Vegetarian Mushroom Noodles. Korean style Gochujang chilli mushrooms and fresh vegetables. This recipe is easily adapted for the kids and non chilli lovers.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 4
  • 270 grams organic Udon Noodles - cooked and drained
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic - chopped finely
  • 400 grams mushrooms - halved
  • 100 grams green beans - sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ½ tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Korean Chilli Paste (Gochujang)
  • ½ lime - juiced
  • 1 small red capsicum - finely sliced
  • 100 grams of fresh kale and/or spinach - roughly chopped
  • Fresh basil and coriander leaves to serve and fresh red chilli finely sliced (optional)
  1. Cook the noodles - read the cooking instructions and remove and drain 2 minutes prior to the recommended cook time
  2. Add the oil to a hot pan on the stove top
  3. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant for a couple of minutes
  4. Remove the garlic from the pan and set aside
  5. Add the mushrooms and beans to the pan and leave to cook 3-4 minutes - do not stir during this time
  6. Stir to turn the vegetables and add the noodles and all of the remaining ingredients including the garlic - but NOT the spinach and/or kale
  7. After 2 minutes add the spinach and/or kale
  8. Once the spinach/kale wilts remove and serve topped with the fresh herbs and chilli if desired.
Gochujang chilli paste is available from Asian grocers if you are not lucky enough to have a friend who makes it for you (as I am!)

Mushroom NoodlesAre you having a meat free week? When you do not eat meat in your main meal how do you satisfy the meat lovers in your family? Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear your tips.


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Dehydrator Snack Bar Recipe

Apricot Coco2 Bar + Giveaway


Dehydrator Snack Bar Recipe

The end of school term 1 is fast approaching. I love school holidays and not having to rush myself or the kids out the door in the mornings. The pace during our holiday periods is usually slow and very relaxed. One of the best things about holidays is the break from the lunch box packing and creation each day.  By the end of term I am usually out of ideas for healthy lunch box snacks. It can be difficult to come up with new snacks and food items that keep the kids fueled during their busy day. This recipe will help get you through to the end of term and the kids happy in the holidays too.

I am not sure about your kids, but mine are massive chocolate fans. They list it as a favorite food when asked – along with sushi, spaghetti bolognese and homemade pizza. My blog sponsor Pureharvest has just released their new Coco2 range of chocolate spreads. I had to hide my stash in the cupboard for fear that it would disappear before I could make anything with it!

There are three varieties of Coco2 – Original, Hazelnut and Almond. I have used Original so that these snack bars can be taken to school by the kids (the original flavor is also nut free).

Available in three varieties, Original, Hazelnut and Almond. Coco2 spreads are:

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Cane sugar free
  • GMO Free

Made from organic coconut oil and organic cocoa the spreads are sweetened with rice malt syrup. There are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. In celebration of the launch of Coco2 Pureharvest are offering one reader the chance to win a prize pack and voucher to the value of $150. Find entry details below, after the recipe.

Coco2 spread

Dehydrator Snack Bar Recipe
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A healthy nut free lunch box treat that you can make from scratch for the kids. Full of fruit and with the addition of dairy free chocolate spread Coco2
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 10
  1. Add the ingredients to a food processor and combine well until a ball of thick paste is formed
  2. Scoop the ingredients out onto a large piece of baking paper
  3. Cover the mixture with the excess paper and flatten slightly
  4. Roll out with a rolling pin until the mixture forms a flat slab about 1.5 cm thick
  5. Dehydrate for approximately 12 hours at 125 degrees.
  6. If you do not have a dehydrator you could either set these bars in the fridge, or cook them at a the ovens lowest temperature for a day. If you are storing them in the fridge rather than dehydrating them they will be a little sticky. Dehydrating them removes the moisture and makes them easier to store and eat. I have not made them in the oven to date so can not specify the exact cooking time it would take. If you give it a try I would love for you to drop back and share the details.
This recipe is nut free (* check the ingredients of your granola, or simply use the Pureharvest nut free muesli for a safe option)
Store in an air tight container
I had dried figs in my pantry from a haul my dad gave me last year. You can replace with any dried fruit that your children enjoy.
The cook time may vary depending on the model of dehydrator you use.

Apricot Coco2 Bar

Win a Prize Pack valued at $150

One person will have the chance to win a prize made up of a selection of Pureharvest products valued at $50, (including Coco2  ) plus a $100 voucher from Reusables Etc

Total prize value is $150.00 for one winner.

*Please note that the image below is NOT the prize. This is provided as an example of some of the products that you will find at Reusables Etc.

I recommend that you have a look at the range of reusable, non toxic, eco-friendly food and drinkware items aimed at reducing waste from this Australian owned and operated business. I am happy to have discovered them.

Reusables etc

Competition Entry:

1. Complete the form below:

  • Provide your name and email details to subscribe to the Pureharvest Newsletter (the Harvest)
  • Answer the question included on the form

If you can not see the form click here.

Conditions of entry:

  • Entry is open to all residents of Australia that are over the age of 18 years, except employees of the Promoter and members of their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion.
  • One entry per person.
  • The entry period is from 7.30 am Tuesday 24th March to 9 pm Saturday 28th March (AEST).
  • Incomplete or inappropriate entries will not be included in the judging process.
  • Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner selected.
  • This is a competition of skill, chance plays no part in the selection of the winner. I will select the winning entry on Saturday 28th March based on the most creative or appealing response.
  • The judges decision in relation to all aspects of the competition is binding and final, there will be correspondence entered into.
  • Pureharvest will forward the prize winning goods to the lucky person. Please allow up to 4 weeks for the prize delivery. A Fresh Legacy is not responsible for any prizes lost or damaged in the mail.
  • If for any reason the promotion is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
  • In the event that for any reason a prize winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter, then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the prize winner.
  • All entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt by the Promoter, not time of transmission by the entrant. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
  • All entries submitted become the property of the Promoter.
  • Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter (and their respective officers, employees and agents) exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Promotion, including, but not limited to, where arising out of the following: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Conditions of Entry; (f) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; (g) the prize and/ or (h) participation in the promotion.
  • The promoter is Kyrstie Barcak – A Fresh Legacy.
  • If you are unable to access the form please email me: kyrstie@afreshlegacy.net

 Good luck. I look forward to finding out what your child’s favorite nut free snack items is. I am sure your responses will provide me with some inspiration for next terms lunch box snacks. 






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