Directions Mix dry ingredients together thoroughly (I use a large measuring cup and just add other ingredients to the flax once I have measured it) and then add egg, syrup & zest. Pour into oversized coffee cup that you have sprayed (I use organic coconut oil spray) and put in microwave for 90 seconds. This will make a tall muffin. If you prefer a flatter muffin (more like a muffin top) use a small, shallow cereal bowl. Top with a little more sugar free pancake syrup if desired, and butter if you can spare the calories. For a really decadent version put a tablespoon of melted butter into the batter before cooking. Nutritional Info
3 tablespoons white chocolate chips 2/3 cup Cool Whip or other reduced calorie whipped topping 1/2 cup plain Greek-style nonfat yogurt 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1/2 cup blueberries 2 fresh basil leaves, rolled up and cut cross-wise into thin ribbons
Tips: Love this recipe? Check out Marisa Churchill's cookbook Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life's Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales for more low-fat, low-sugar recipes to keep you slim while satisfying your cravings!
Directions Melt the chocolate with 2 teaspoons of water in a double boiler or in the microwave until you can stir the mixture smooth.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the whipped topping and yogurt. Whisk in the melted chocolate and the lemon zest.
Divide the mousse evenly between four 4-ounce dessert glasses. Divide half the berries and half the basil evenly among the glasses. Spoon the remaining mousse over each and top with the remaining blueberries and basil. Serve.
To prepare in advance, refrigerated, tightly covered, for up to 2 days.
Serving Size: Makes 4 servings Sparkpeople.com have some wonderful recipes, check out their site! Nutritional Info
Directions 1. Dice 1 banana and freeze for a few hours or overnight 2. Place oats into a food processor and grind into oat flour 3. Pour oat flour into a bowl and mash with the second banana until a dough forms 4. Make 4 cookies and place them on an oiled pan in the oven for 15 min at 350 degrees 5. Allow cookies to cool completely 6. Place frozen banana pieces in the food processor and blend for 1-2 min until it forms a cream 7. Scoop cream onto cookie, sandwich it and enjoy
Serving Size: Makes 2 ice cream cookie sandwiches Another great one from Sparkpeople.com recipes!
SUGAR FREE BAKED LEMON CUSTARD
They have no added sugar are gluten free, wheat free and grain free. The lemon zest is not strong but just enough to give it flavour. Bake in a bain marie water bath, and they turn our soft rather than a solid baked custard. Sugar free baked lemon custard are brilliant to accompany roast lemon tarragon chicken. They can also be eaten cold the next day.
PREP TIME:10 mins COOK TIME:30 mins TOTAL TIME:40 mins Author: Libby Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: LCHF< Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Wheat Free, Banting, Primal Serves: 6 INGREDIENTS
800ml full fat milk
zest of 2 lemons
juice of 1 lemon
5 tbs granulated stevia, or sweetener of choice
Whisk the eggs with a hand whisk and add the milk and stevia.
Add the lemon zest and juice, whisk until thoroughly combined.
Pour into ramekin dishes which have been wiped with butter so the baked custard doesn't stick.
Place the ramekins dishes in a large baking/roasting dish and cover the base with water so it reaches half the ramekins dish.
Carefully place into the oven and bake at 180C for approximately 30 minutes, or until the center is cooked and no longer 'wobbly'.
Remove from the water bath and allow to cool slightly before serving.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Serving size: 1 pot Calories: 133 Fat: 7.9g Carbohydrates: 7.7g Protein: 8.3g
Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut No Bakes Gluten Free (Low Glycemic Index) Made with coconut oil and honey instead of sugar! Number of Servings: 12
Ingredients 1 cup natural Peanut Butter 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups dry oats (steel cut or regular not instant) 1/2 cup coconut shredded (unsweetened) 1.25 cups Dark Chocolate chips
Tips Can add 1/2 cups of walnuts if you like.
Directions Melt Peanut Butter and coconut oil and honey over medium low heat in saucepan. When melted, take off heat and stirn oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Pour into 9x13 pan, and put in refrigerator to cool (1-2 hours) When it's set cut into bars and enjoy. I ended up needing less than 1"x1" squares cut because these were so incredibly rich. Highest glycemic index on any ingredient is 60, so even decent for low glycemic index or diabetics if you eat small amounts. Serving Size: Makes one 9"13" pan, cut to 12 or more servings, very rich!
LIGHT LEMON POUND CAKE Minutes to Prepare: 30 Minutes to Cook: 45 Number of Servings: 20
Ingredients 3/4 cup skim milk 1 stick butter 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 egg whites 3-6 lemons, zested and juiced to yield 1/3 cup zest and 3/4 juice, divided 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract
Tips We swapped Greek yogurt for half the butter, cut the sugar in half, and used a 50-50 mix of all-purpose and whole wheat flours. You'll never notice the difference!
Directions Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inch loaf pans.
Combine the milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, stir, and set aside.
Cream the butter, yogurt, and 1 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs and egg whites, one at a time. Fold in the lemon zest.
In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the juice, the milk mixture and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures to the batter alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
While the cakes bake, cook the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup juice in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes. Take them out of the pans and place them on a baking rack set over a tray. Spoon the syrup over the cakes and allow the cakes to cool completely.
Minutes to Prepare: 15 Minutes to Cook: 22 Number of Servings: 12
Ingredients 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet) Butter-flavored cooking spray Tips
For Valentine's Day, bake in heart-shaped cupcake tins or use a cookie cutter to form them into hearts.See picture at top of page.
Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 inch non-stick cake pan with spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, using a sturdy whisk or spatula, mix the applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and sugar until they are well combined.
Add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir the mixture until it is just combined and no lumps remain. Pour it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chips evenly over the top. Bake the brownies for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (a few crumbs are okay).
Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow them to cool 5 minutes. Cut into 12 equal brownies. Makes 12 (1 brownie) servings. From Sparkpeople.com Recipes
Broiled Cinnamon Peaches
Introduction:Packed with flavor but not carbs, this dessert is sure to please! Minutes to Prepare: 5 Minutes to Cook: 10 Number of Servings: 8
Ingredients Two 15-ounce cans peach halves canned in extra-light syrup. 2 tablespoons light margarine 2 teaspoons brown sugar substitute cinnamon
Directions 1 Drain the peaches. Place the peaches cut side up in a broiler pan. Dot the cnter of each peach with the light margarine. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar substitute. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
2 Broil approximately 5 to 10 minutes until brown Nutritional Info
Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cake Slow Cooker Yield: 10 servings Delicious low carb pumpkin spice cake cooked in a slow cooker. Made with pecan meal for a wonderful fall treat.
1 1/2 cups raw pecans( can use almond flour same amount)
3/4 cup Swerve Sweetener
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup pumpkin puree
4 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Grease the ceramic liner of 6 quart slow cooker or line with parchment paper.
In a food processor or high-powered blender, grind pecans until they resemble coarse meal (careful not to turn them into butter). Transfer to a bowl and whisk in sweetener, coconut flour, whey protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.
Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, butter and vanilla until well combined. Spread into prepared slow cooker and set to low. Cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until set and top is just barely firm to the touch.
Notes Serves 10. Each serving has 10.03 g of carbs and 5.61 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4.42 g. Food energy: 344kcal Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 8.02g Total fat: 30.38g Calories from fat: 273 Cholesterol: 87mg Carbohydrate: 10.03g Total dietary fiber: 5.61g Protein: 8.26g
Submitted by Michelle S
Easy Keto Marinara Sauce (Low Carb and Gluten Free)
An easy low carb recipe for marinara or pizza sauce! Yield: 4 cups
Mise en place: You will need a 2 quart sauce pan, food processor, and a microplane or grater.
Ingredients: 8 ounce container or bag of fresh Organic Cranberries – washed 1 large Orange, plus the peel of the whole Orange 1/3 cup Date Syrup ½ cup Water Date Syrup
Directions I like to pulse my cranberries, just to wake them up and split them. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries 3 short pulses. Place them in your pot and cover with ½ cup water. (I use reverse osmosis water). Grate the orange peel in the pot, then slice the peel off and discard, section the orange and add to the pot. Add 1/3 cup of date syrup and heat on medium heat for about 10 minutes until bubbling. Watch the pot as it will cook down fast – shut it off when it bubbles and let cool. The natural pectin in the fruit will make it jell in the fridge. Submitted by a reader, recipe from The Inner Kitchen
This dessert is to die for and can be made with so many different flavors. Try chocolate, vanilla, pistachio—the sky's the limit! Plus, it has 19 grams of protein in just one serving! Minutes to Prepare: 4 Number of Servings: 4
Ingredients 1 cup skim milk 1 cup cold water 3 scoops Pure Protein® Natural Whey Protein Powder, Rich Chocolate Flavor 1 package Jell-o Sugar-Free Instant Pudding, Cheesecake flavor
Directions Mix ingredients together in blender until well mixed, and portion out into small cups. Chill.
Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Balls
Ingredients 1 box red velvet cake mix 1 jug (16oz) cream cheese frosting 1 package chocolate almond bark
Directions Bake red velvet cake per instructions on box. Once baked, let sit out to cool for 5 minutes. In bowl, crumble cake and mix cream cheese frosting until pasty. Roll into 48 inch sized balls onto a cookie sheet with wax paper or tinfoil for easy clean up. Freeze overnight in the freezer (could push a few hours if you're in a rush.) Take out of freezer and stick each with a toothpick. Melt chocolate bark until smooth. Dip each ball into the chocolate bark and shake off excess. Place back on cookie sheet until hardened. Serve then or take to your family holiday. From Sparkpeople.com recipes Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 48
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 1.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 74.5 mg
Total Carbs: 11.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 0.5 g
Gingered Tofu Salad
This colorful combination of crisp vegetables and warm tofu makes a quick and tasty protein-packed meal. Make sure to press most of the liquid out of the tofu so that it browns well when seared. Look for edamame (Japanese soybeans) in the frozen section of your supermarket.
Ingredients salt to salt water 1 cup(s) edamame, frozen shelled 1/2 package(s) tofu, extra-firm(7.5 ounces) 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh finely minced pepper, black ground to taste 1 1/2 teaspoon oil, canola 1 medium cucumber(s) peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced 1/2 medium pepper(s), red, bell thinly sliced 1 medium scallion(s) (green onions) thinly sliced 1 1/2 teaspoon oil, dark sesame 1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, less sodium
Directions 1.Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add edamame and cook 5 minutes. Drain. 2.Slice tofu into 4 (1/2") slices. Lay flat on paper towels, top with another layer of paper towels, and gently press out liquid. Rub with ginger and season well with salt and pepper. 3.Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown tofu on both sides until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat. 4.Combine edamame, cucumber, bell pepper, scallion, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide salad among 2 plates, top with tofu, and serve.
Basic Green Balsamic Vinegar Salad
Ingredients 3 - 4 cups mixed greens organic 10 -23 cherry or grape tomatoes organic 1 medium cucumbers organic 1 large shredded carrot organic 1 medium grated red beet root organic 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (must be ground) 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/3 cup sliced strawberries organic (optional) 1/3 sunflower seeds (unsalted)
Dressing 1 cup extra virgin organic olive oil 1/4 cup of organic balsamic vinegar 1 - 2 teaspoons of Rosemary oregano 1 sprig of fresh thyme 1 sprig of fresh Submitted by: Jeanne Fischer
Source: The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook
2 red peppers, thinly sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced in half 4 canned artichoke hearts, rinsed and quartered 3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese, drained* 1/2 cup chopped parsley or basil 8 ounces (1/2 pound) whole-wheat pizza dough
*To drain the cottage cheese, place it in a coffee filter and allow the liquid to drain off before using in your cal zone recipe.
Tips:Use any combination of veggies from your garden or the farmers market: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, spinach... the possibilities are endless. No grill pan? Use a foil packet instead.
Directions Preheat the grill to 375 degrees. Place a grill pan prepped with nonstick spray on the grill. Add the peppers, onion and garlic, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the cottage cheese and herbs in a small bowl.
Raise the temperature of the grill to 400 degrees.
Divide the dough into four parts, and spread each piece on a cool baking stone. Divide the grilled vegetables among the four pieces of dough, then add the artichokes. (Note: Be sure to place the filling in the middle of the dough.)
Top with 2 tablespoons of the cottage cheese mixture. Fold over the dough and seal the seams with a fork.
Mist the top of the dough with nonstick spray. Transfer the baking stone to the grill, cover and bake for 20 minutes, or the calzones are golden brown on top.
ANYTHING else you want, Bacon,Cheese, Sausage, Onions, Mushrooms, etc...
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the bottom of a baking dish with foil.
Cut off the top of each pepper. Remove the seeds.
Place peppers into baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, defrost the spinach in the microwave. Squeeze the moisture out of the spinach
Remove peppers from oven and stuff the bottom 1/2 with cooked spinach.
Crack an egg into the top 1/2 of each pepper.
Add any other veggies or cooked meats you'd like.
Bake for 20 min longer submitted by LoveThyHealthCompany.com
Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Another great one from Spark People recipes by Chef Meg
Minutes to Prepare: 10 Minutes to Cook: 17 Number of Servings: 8
1/2 cup onions, diced 1 teaspoon ginger 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 lime, cut in half (reserve one half for deglazing pan)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup onion, sliced 16 ounces extra lean ground chicken 2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups frozen peas 4 green onions, greens and whites sliced 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons low-salt roasted peanuts, chopped 4 whole-wheat pitas, cut in half, or 8 slices whole-wheat bread 4 cups dark greens or lettuce, chopped
Tips:I love this recipe because I can serve it to my family for dinner and have plenty of leftovers for lunches. It's spicy without any heat, so it's a great intro to new flavors for those with mild palates.
Save time by using jarred fresh garlic and ginger. Read the jar for information on how much to use versus fresh.
Directions Place all the sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender. Puree until a thick paste forms.
Place a large saute pan over moderate heat, add the oil, and, once the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Saute for about five minutes, stirring often, until the onions start to turn light brown. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until the bottom of the pan starts to turn brown. Squeeze the remaining half of the lime into pan, and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until the interior of the chicken reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes.
Add the yogurt, water, peas and onions to the pan. Stir and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat, and garnish with cilantro and nuts.
Fill each pita with 1/2 cup of greens and a 1/2 cup of the meat and vegetable mixture. (Or place between two slices of bread.)
Ingredients: Lime juice from one fresh lime 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, pressed 36 peeled shrimp 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
Directions: Mix all dry seasons together in small bowl. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to the pan. When oil is heated, stir in garlic. Immediately add shrimp. Squeeze entire fresh lime juice into pan over shrimp. Sprinkle entire seasoning blend over shrimp. Saute shrimp for 5-8 minutes. This dish has a kick to it! From Spark People Recipes
Chipotle-Rubbed Steak Wraps
PREP TIME: 15m COOK TIME: 20m TOTAL TIME: 1h 40m This recipe makes 4 servings
Ingredients 1 tablespoon pepper(s), chipotle chiles, in adobo sauce chopped, or more to taste 1 1/4 pounds beef, flank steak about 1" thick 2 leaves lettuce, romaine large, shredded 2 medium tomato(es), plum chopped 1 tablespoon sour cream, reduced-fat 2 teaspoon lime juice, fresh 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 whole wrap, whole wheat 8 inches each
Directions 1 Rub chilies onto both sides of steak; place steak in a resealable plastic bag and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
2 Heat the broiler and broiler pan for 10 minutes. Place steak on broiler pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove from the broiler, transfer to a cutting board, and let steak rest for 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices across the grain.
3 In a medium bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, lime juice, and salt. Heat wraps in the oven or microwave according to package directions. Divide lettuce mixture and steak evenly among wraps, roll up, and serve.
Source: The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook
Ingredients For the quick broth: 2 large onions 4-inch piece fresh ginger 2 (3-inch) whole cinnamon sticks 2 whole star anise 3 whole cloves 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds 6 cups low-sodium beef broth 1 tablespoon soy sauce (substitute tamari if making gluten-free) 1 tablespoon fish sauce 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped To serve: 1/2 pound sirloin steak, round eye, or London broil 1 pound dried rice noodles (bahn pho, 1/16-, 1/8-, or 1/-4 inch wide) 3 scallions 1 chili pepper (Thai bird, serrano, or jalapeño) 1 to 2 limes 1 cup bean sprouts 1 cup fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, Thai basil, mint, or a mix) Hot sauce, Sriracha, or hoisin sauce, to serve
Equipment Tongs Baking sheet 2-quart (or larger) saucepan Measuring cups and spoons Chef's knife Second saucepan for cooking the noodles Instructions
Prepare the onions and ginger: Peel the onions and cut them into quarters through the root. Peel the ginger and slice it into quarters down its length.
Char the onions and ginger: Using tongs, char the onions and ginger on all sides over high flame on a gas stove, or on a baking sheet placed directly under the broiler (about 5 minutes on each side) — until the onions and ginger pieces show charred spots. Rinse the pieces under cool water to remove any loose, gritty, overly charred bits.
Dry-roast the spices: Place the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and coriander seeds in the bottom of a dry 2-quart saucepan and dry-roast over medium-low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until toasty and very fragrant. Stir frequently to prevent the spices from scorching.
Combine the broth ingredients: To the pan with the spices, add the broth, soy sauce, fish sauce, chopped carrots, and the charred onions and ginger.
Cover and simmer the broth: Bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and continue simmering for 30 minutes to give time for all the spices and aromatics to infuse in the broth.
Freeze the beef for 15 minutes: While the broth is simmering, put the beef on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for 15 minutes. The edges of the beef should feel firm to the touch, but the beef should not be frozen through. This will make it easier to slice the beef thinly.
Slice the beef into thin slices: Remove the beef from the freezer and immediately use your sharpest knife to slice the beef into very thin slices. Slice across the grain, and aim for slices no thicker than 1/4-inch. Once sliced, keep the beef covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Cook the rice noodles: Bring a second saucepan of water to a boil, drop in the rice noodles and cook according to package instructions (typically 1 minute for very thin noodles and up to 4 minutes for wider noodles). Strain the noodles and run them under cool water to stop cooking. The noodles will start to stick together after cooking, so either divide them immediately between serving bowls or toss them with a little neutral-tasting oil to prevent sticking.
Prepare the rest of the pho toppings: Thinly slice the scallions and the chili pepper. Cut the lime into wedges. Place the bean sprouts in a serving dish. Roughly chop the herbs or tear them with your hands. Arrange all the toppings on a serving dish and place it on the table.
Strain the broth: When the broth is ready, set a strainer over another bowl or saucepan, and strain the solids from the broth. Discard the solids. Place the broth back over low heat and keep it just below a simmer — you should see a fair amount of steam, but the broth should not be boiling. The broth needs to be quite hot to cook the beef.
Prepare the pho bowls: If you haven't already done so, divide the noodles between serving bowls and top with a few slices of raw beef. Arrange the beef in a single layer so that the slices will cook evenly in the broth; slices that are stacked or clumped may not cook all the way through.
Ladle the hot broth over top: Ladle the steaming broth into each bowl, pouring it evenly over the beef in order to cook it. The beef should immediately start to turn opaque. Fill each bowl with as much broth as desired.
Serve the pho with toppings: Serve the pho at the table and let each person top their bowl as they like.
Vegetarian pho:Use vegetable stock or broth and skip the fish sauce. Instead of slices of beef, top the pho with tofu, seitan, mushrooms, bok choy, broccoli, or other vegetables.See here for a full recipe:Vegetarian Pho.
Make-ahead moments: The broth can be prepared and kept refrigerated for 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months. The beef can be sliced and kept refrigerated for several hours (no longer than 24 hours). The noodles can be prepared, tossed with a bit of neutral-tasting oil, and kept refrigerated for up to a day before serving. The toppings can also be prepped up to a day ahead and kept refrigerated until serving.
Storing leftovers:Leftover noodles stored in broth will ultimately absorb all the broth and become gummy. If you have leftovers, store the noodles, the broth, the beef, and the toppings in separate containers. Raw slices of beef will keep for a day or two; they can also be quickly cooked in hot broth and then kept refrigerated for up to 5 days. When reheating, assemble the noodles, beef, and broth in a bowl and microwave; top with garnishes before serving.
Vegetarian Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)Serves 2 Broth 1 large onion, peeled and halved 2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and halved lengthwise 3-inch cinnamon stick, preferably Vietnamese cassia-cinnamon 1 star anise 2 cloves 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 4 cups unsalted vegetable stock 2 teaspoons soy sauce 4 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped Noodles 1/2 pound dried flat rice noodles (known as bánh phở; use 1/16", 1/8", or 1/4" width depending on availability and preference) Toppings (optional) Protein such as fried or baked tofu, bean curd skin, or seitan Mushrooms Vegetables such as bok choy, napa cabbage, or broccoli Garnishes 1/2 onion, very thinly sliced 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 chile pepper (Thai bird, serrano, or jalapeño), sliced 1 lime, cut into wedges 1/2 cup bean sprouts Large handful of herbs: cilantro, Thai basil, culantro/saw-leaf herb Hoisin sauce, sriracha (optional) For the broth Char onion and ginger over an open flame (holding with tongs) or directly under a broiler until slightly blackened, about 5 minutes on each side. Rinse with water. In a large pot, dry roast cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and coriander over medium-low heat, stirring to prevent burning. When spices are aromatic, add vegetable stock, soy sauce, carrots, and charred onion and ginger. Bring broth to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain and keep hot until ready to serve. For the noodles While broth is simmering, place noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot water. Let stand for 20-30 minutes or until tender but still chewy. Drain. (If soaking does not soften the noodles enough, blanch them in a pot of boiling water for a few seconds.) For the toppings (optional) While broth is simmering, prepare toppings as desired – slice and cook tofu, lightly steam or blanch vegetables, etc. Toppings should be unseasoned or only lightly seasoned so as not to interfere with the flavor of the broth. To serve Divide noodles between two bowls. Arrange toppings over noodles. Ladle about 2 cups of broth into each bowl. Serve with garnishes on the side, which diners should add to taste.