Noodle Bowls

On cold evenings (or days), nothing beats a warming bowl of noodles.
This quick to prepare dish is the ideal combination of warming spices, protein and those all-important carbs, because who doesn't crave carbs in winter? A sprinkling of sesame seeds, coriander (or parsley if you aren't fond) alongside sliced spring onions adds further flavour. 
I've featured 3 combinations but none take longer than 15 minutes from the time you start chopping to when you get to eat it.

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For the Noodle Broth:
300ml of vegetable stock
1 star anise (optional)
1 teaspoon of soy sauce or tamari
3 slices of ginger
60g of noodles, cooked according to packet instructions

For the topping:
1 spring onion, finely sliced
a few coriander leaves
1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds

Tofu Noodle Bowl
100g firm tofu, cubed
40g broccoli
1 small carrot, shredded

Salmon Noodle Bowl
1 salmon fillet, cubed
40g broccoli
a handful of spinach

Chicken and Mushroom Noodle Bowl
1 chicken breast, thinly sliced
50g asparagus
3-5 mushrooms, sliced

Put the stock, ginger, star anise and soy sauce into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.
If you are using chicken or fish, add these next, bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the vegetables and tofu (if using), pop a lid on the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Finally, add the noodles, cook for another minute and it is ready to serve.
Top with coriander, sesame seeds and sliced spring onion.