Super Quick Asian Noodle Super Veggie Soup

I make a variation of this recipe all the time.  This particular recipe is an exact replica of what I made when I came home last Sunday night to my boyfriend with a raging “Man Cold”.  He loves the “Chicken Magic Mineral Broth” and swears its “medicinal”.   So I defrosted some of my stock (but you can use any store bought chicken broth or stock) and added some veggies and pre cooked organic buckwheat soba noodles I had on hand.  If I make this again I will cook dry buckwheat soba noodles separately and then add right before serving

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups (aprox) of homemade chicken stock or store bought (if vegetarian use vegetable stock)
  • 1 6 oz package of pre cooked organic buckwheat soba noodles (purchased from Whole Foods)
  • 12 ounces of Shitake mushrooms (but you can use cremini, white, or any asian mushrooms)
  • 6 green onions, the whites and part of the greens chopped into small pieces (see photo below)
  • 6 ounces of bean sprouts
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Heat stock or broth over medium high heat, do not let it get to a boil, low simmer o.k
  • Add the mushrooms and let them cook through and heat in the stock.
  • Add the pre-cooked buckwheat soba noodles and allow to warm up and seperate within the liquid.  If you decide to use dry noodles cook them separately in salted water and then add to stock or broth.
  • Add green onions and bean spouts right before ladling into bowl
  • Salt to taste
  • Serve and Enjoy!

This soup is naturally low in fat and calories, and high in nutrient density!

 




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Roasted Chicken Herbed “Magic Mineral” Stock

I  love making homemade stocks but used to only make them around big holiday dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I have to thank the “Cancer Fighting Kitchen” Chef, Rebecca Katz RD, for re introducing me to the true magic of having your own homemade stocks on hand.  They not only add complexity and depth to any dish you use them in, they can really crank up the nutritional and health benefits at the same time.   Additionally, they are great “tools” to have in your kitchen “pharmacy” for when you feel a little under the weather.   I swear these nutrient dense stocks have pulled me out of many colds over the past few years.  They are great for patients undergoing chemo who can only tolerate clear liquids, yet need as much nutrition as possible that you can infuse into that liquid.

Creating any type of stock, to me, is like composing a song, with each little ingredient representing a note or chord, and all the ingredients coming together to produce a beautiful little symphony.  Chef Rebecca Katz has her trademarked “Magic Mineral Broth” on her website at www.RebeccaKatz.com for anyone to use as a guideline for a mineral rich vegetable stock.  I usually never make the exact same stock twice, and kind of play around with the basic recipe. For my chicken stocks, I save all the bones left over from the rotisserie chickens we eat over a couple months, and keep in a zip lock bag in the freezer until I need them for “stock making day”.  I make a large amount of stock  and then freeze it in several  airtight containers or quart size zip lock bags.  They will last for 3 months frozen.

Ingredients:

  • 8 unpeeled carrots
  • 2 unpeeled yellow onions cut in chunks
  • 2 to 3 leeks, cut in thirds
  • 1 whole bunch of celery
  • 4 yellow potatoes, unpeeled and quartered
  • 2 unpeeled shallots
  • 1 bunch of Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 4 whole allspice or juniper berries
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme (optional)
  • 4 sprigs of fresh  lemon thyme (optional)
  • 8 quarts of water

Directions

  1. Rinse all the vegetables well, but no need to un-peel them.  In a large stock pot (12 – 16 quarts) combine all the ingredients and fill the pot with water until 2 inches below the rim, cover, and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low, and simmer uncovered for at least 2 hours (I usually simmer for about 4 or 5 hours.)  As the broth simmers, some of the water will evaporate; just add more to keep the vegetables covered.
  3. Strain broth through a large, coarse mesh sieve.  Stir in salt to taste, but you don’t need to use much.  I usually worry about the salt factor when I use my stock later.  I usually pour the stock back into the stock pot and refrigerate overnight.  The next day I skim off as much fat as I can, and then pour the stock into several airtight containers or bags, and freeze.

Notes:

  • Approx. Calories per serving: 50, Carbs: 11g, Protein:1 g, Sodium 145


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