Serves: 2
How much does it cost? This recipe cost me less than £1 per person.
What are the benefits? This sweet ‘n’ sour sesame noodles recipe is a great vegetarian option, contains at least 2 of your 5 a day, and I bet you didn’t know that sesame seeds are a great source of plant-based calcium.

This may be a sweet ‘n’ sour recipe but I’m going to be the first one to hold my hands up and admit: I don’t know how to make sweet and sour sauce 🤷‍♀️ I know, I know, it’s called sweet ‘n’ sour sesame noodles – it’s literally in the name! – but, girl, have you seen how many ingredients go into making that stuff?!

I don’t have time, or the right things in my store cupboard. But, you know, I can’t make egg noodles from scratch either and I don’t hear anyone complaining about that…

Anyway, I use a sachet of sweet ‘n’ sour sauce for this recipe because it’s quick and simple (my kinda cooking 😉), but it’s still a fresh, home-cooked meal with plenty of nutritional tickboxes. And hey, even with shop-bought sauce I still think this makes a healthier alternative to picking up the phone and calling the local Chinese takeaway!

This recipe is full of fresh vegetables, packing it with lovely, light nourishment, and the sesame seeds are a brilliant way of sneakin’ in a little extra goodness – they help provide calcium, fibre, iron and a whole host of vitamins and minerals, and you barely even notice they’re there!

2 Nests of Egg Noodles
1 Onion, Chopped
1 Bell Pepper, Sliced
8 Mushrooms, Sliced
1/2 Carrot, Shredded
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
3 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Honey
1 Packet of Sweet and Sour Sauce

If you’ve got just a few staples of Chinese seasoning in your food cupboard, you’ll find it quite easy to create familiar flavours like the ones in this dish. When you mix together the soy sauce and honey together, add to the bowl some garlic, ginger, five spice, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Also, don’t be afraid to throw in some more soy sauce when cooking if you like; all of these seasonings are quite punchy so it’s really a case of adding to taste!


1. In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, honey and seasoning – garlic, ginger, five spice, chilli flakes, salt, pepper, all that good stuff.

2. Then, in a large frying pan or wok, throw in the onion along with a splash of oil or cooking spray. Fry 2-3 minutes until the onion has started to soften.

3. Add to the pan the sliced pepper, mushroom and carrot, and fry for another couple of minutes. Add the soy sauce and honey mix to the pan, stir until all the vegetables are coated and gently cook for roughly around 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the egg noodles according to packet instructions (usually only around 5 minutes).

5. Throw the sesame seeds into the pan with the veggies, just for the final minute or so.

6. Drain the egg noodles and combine in the pan with the vegetables. Pour in the sweet ‘n’ sour sauce, stir everything together and warm through for another minute until the sauce has heated up.

Sweet and sour noodles with stir fried vegetables and sesame seeds
Sweet and sour noodles with stir fried vegetables and sesame seeds

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