Thankfully the Chef came to the rescue this time and showed up in my doorway with a cup of tea. Before I knew it there was rattling in the kitchen and, shortly thereafter, a wonderful smell wafted down the hallway and into my room. Somewhere in my delusion I had croaked the words "noodle soup" when he asked if there was anything I wanted. Something tells me I likely whined out "my mom", too. Normally I would have expected chicken noodle, but in this case a spicy Asian-style soup appeared. It did the trick, too - probably the combo of the spices and the new noodle bowls my mom got me for Christmas.
Cool, huh? I'm totally turning into a kitchen nerd.
And so I share the recipe with you - it's a total fave because it's gluten-free, super healthy, low-cal and easy to make. You don't have to add the peppers if you prefer a milder version.
Spicy Noodle Bowl
1/2 onion sliced
1 carrot sliced
1 stalk celery sliced
1 stalk lemongrass sliced
2oz. ginger sliced
6 clove garlic crushed
1 bunch cilantro stems only
3T Soy or Tamari (I use Tamari because it is gluten-free)
2t Siracha (or more if you want spicy)
Water - to cover
~sliced broth ingredients~
Place all items in pot and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 min. Strain and hold warm.
~simmering for broth~
1/2C bay shrimp defrosted
1/4C ea sliced fine: carrot, celery, scallion, radish
1ea Serrano or 3 Thai bird chili sliced
1/4 bunch cilantro leaves
1/4C broccoli florets
1/2 C rice noodles (pre-cook to package directions)
~Let the assembling begin~
Place desired amount of each item in bowl -
beginning with noodles at the very bottom.
Bring broth back up to boil, and pour over top.
The heat of the broth will warm everything.
*Sub tofu, beef, or chicken for shrimp.
*Add basil, mint, napa cabbage, mushrooms, daikon, Bok-choy, soba noodles, or any other similar item you like.
All I have to say is yum-my! I'm feeling much better and we ate this for lunch again today - you know, for safe measure - ha! Let us know if you try it - it's always great to get your thoughts. And now everyone, the weekend is upon us (yahoo!!) - before I go I just want to remind you that: