A cross between a soup and stew, this dish captures the exciting spicy and sour flavours of South-east Asia. Lemongrass gives a citrus touch, and creamed coconut – using just the minimum for flavour – adds richness without excessive fat. Using the poaching liquid as the broth preserves the water-soluble vitamins.
To turn this into a more filling dish, add some noodles. Soak 100 g (3½ oz) Chinese egg noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, then drain. Stir into the reduced cooking liquid with the chicken and vegetables in step 5. * Replace the green beans with asparagus tips, adding them with the courgettes. Also add 225 g (8 oz) frozen peas, straight from the freezer, after dissolving the creamed coconut. * Tiny red bird's-eye chilli is fiery-hot. To reduce the heat in this dish, seed the chilli, remove it after the liquid infuses, or replace it with a milder red chilli or a green one.
French beans are a good source of the B vitamin folate, essential for a healthy pregnancy. It is important to ensure a good intake of folate in the early stages of pregnancy to prevent spina bifida. Folate may also have a role in helping to protect against heart disease.
B6, B1, B2, C, folate, niacin, copper, iron, potassium, zinc