Thursday, March 27, 2014

Turkey Pho Soup

I know this is starting to sound like a broken record, but once again, I've begun a grueling 2 week detox program.   It's only been 4 1/2 days and the food I think I miss the most is oatmeal (weird) and a good cup of coffee.  I haven't had coffee, any kind of sugar or sugar substitute, no wine,no carbs, except for 1/2 cup of brown rice, but all the veggies I can eat!  Whew...feeling okay except for a headache which diminished after a cup of green tea while popping an aleve.  I have to keep reminding myself that it's only for two weeks, then I'll re-evaluate after seeing the results and there had better be some darn good ones!

Once again, I need to be extremely inventive when it comes to preparing my meals.  The most satisfying, so far, was this Turkey Pho Soup.  Hubby even liked it!  His had noodles while mine had brown rice.  One of the helpful hints of this detox is to have plenty of roasted vegetables on hand, pre-cooked turkey or chicken and the will of a Tibetan monk!  

On the UP side, I developed a new soup recipe that anyone, including a monk would love.

Turkey Pho Soup

about 1/2 lb turkey breast meat, cooked and shredded (or about 2 cups

4 cups organic vegetable broth

2 cups water

2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly

2 Tb of fresh ginger, sliced

1-2 carrots, thinly sliced

1 large handful of spinach, bok choy or cabbage (I used spinach and bok choy)


1 cup bean sprouts

fresh cilantro

fresh Thai or regular basil, tear pieces

1/2 cup green onions, sliced

jalapeno rings (optional)

cut up lime

rice noodles or brown rice (pre-cooked)

The ingredients look like a lot, but this is pretty simple.  In a large soup pot, add the broth, water, garlic, carrots and ginger.  Bring to a boil, then add the turkey and spinach/bok choy.  Cook for only 5-7 minutes on low heat for a "simmer".

To serve:  Place cooked noodles or brown rice in a bowl, add the soup mixture, then garnish with bean sprouts, lime, jalapeno, green onions or whatever you want.  A good Asian hot chili sauce (sriracha) really brings it all together.

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