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All of us need an easy weeknight dinner recipe, especially for those weeks which are a bit busier than usual or when motivation is lacking! A simple yet very full of flavour and nutritious dinner idea is my prawn san choy bao. Prawns are a great source of protein and trace minerals whilst being lower in kilojoules and saturated fat compared to other sources of protein. If you don’t like prawns, you can replace with scallops, chicken or turkey mince or tofu.

Prawn San Choy Bao

Serves: 2

Pre: 5 minutes

Cooking: 5-10 minutes


250g prawns, shelled and deveined, roughly chopped

1 tsp. sesame oil

1cm knob ginger, finely grated

1 garlic clove, finely crushed

1 tbsp. tamari soy sauce

1 large red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped

¼ bunch coriander, washed and finely chopped, including the stems

¼ bunch mint, chopped

½ avocado, pip removed, diced

2 tbsp. raw cashew, roughly chopped

1 lime, cut into wedges

4 iceberg lettuce leaves, as cups


Marinate the prawns in a bowl with sesame oil, soy, garlic, ginger and chilli. In a large pan, cook the prawns for about 5 minutes. Leave to cool.

Once cooled, roughly chop them and place in a large bowl with the avocado, coriander and mint, and mix through.

Serve in a lettuce cup with a couple of spoonfuls of the prawn mixture topped with the chopped cashews and a squeeze of lime.