One hundred per cent plant based. Now you can enjoy the true flavours of Asia with new vegan noodles, perfect for the health-conscious.  

Black bean noodles are a healthy, gluten-free alternative to regular noodles. Black bean pasta is great for digestion, heart health, and lowering cholesterol levels because it is a natural source of fibre. This pasta has almost eight times the amount of protein and iron as regular pasta.

Black Bean Pasta is exactly what you'd think it was, spaghetti noodles made from black beans. That's it. No add-ins, preservatives, nothing – just black beans.

 Available 200 gram packs which serve 4.


Black Bean Noodles with Prawns

For a vegetarian option, the prawns can be exchanged for 150g cubed tofu.

Ginger Dressing: 1 teaspoon grated root ginger
2 tablespoons each: olive oil, lemon juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Noodle Bowl: 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
50g organic black bean noodles
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
150g raw shelled and deveined prawns, thawed
12 thin slices cucumber
4 cocktail tomatoes, halved
1 small avocado, stoned peeled and sliced

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the vegetable stock and noodles. Cook for 5-8 minutes until just tender.

Meanwhile combine the olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Pat the prawns dry.

Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium high. Strain in the oil. Add the prawns and pan-fry for 1-2 minutes each side until milky and pink.

Strain the noodles and combine with a tablespoon of the ginger dressing. Place in two serving bowls.

Top with the prawns, cucumber, tomatoes and avocado. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serves 2.

Orange & Hemp Seed Flour Cake

Uncle Joe's New Flours

Uncle Joe's walnut company originated in the early 1990s when a Nelson man named his business after his favourite Uncle Joe who lived in Blenheim. He enjoyed time with him sitting around the fire listening to the rugby, cracking walnuts and throwing the walnut shells into the fire.

Now owned by the Horwell family, the company has developed an impressive, award-winning product line which also includes hazelnuts, nut and seed oils and flours, pastes and meals. Many trees have been planted on their property just out of Blenheim but they also buy nuts from other parts of New Zealand.

"We all love the fact that we are growing good, healthy food," says Jenny Horwell

The nut and seed flours are a product started from their oil production.

"After the oil is squeezed from the kernels a dry pellet is formed and this is ground into a fine flour, again providing all the goodness of the seed or nut from which it is produced."

Walnut and seed flours are perfect for the health-conscious, gluten-free cook. One-hundred per cent natural, the flours add goodness, flavour and texture to coatings, bakes and desserts. For baking, you can use half nut or seed flour and half gluten-free flour as the nut flours are quite substantial. 

The five Uncle Joe Gluten-free flours available are: walnut, blackcurrant seed, hemp seed, kiwifruit seed and grape seed.

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