Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup or Put Some Sunshine in Your Life!


The gray, dreary, totally sad excuse for days, has left me feeling in a bit of a funk. The need to rise out of bed is minimal except to meet the needs of the soft, little, shaggy creature, clawing at my bed. She wears a red, size 3T shirt, that says, "I love my mom." If that doesn't get you out of bed, what would?



Colorado is beginning to remind me a lot of growing up in Illinois, where the days were a constant gray, from November until April-or so it seemed. I was so ready to escape, but I must admit to missing those wide open flat places, that makes it seem like the horizon never ends.


 Days like this require fortitude. They require something that at least makes you think sunshine is still there. Somewhere. "It must be somewhere," she screams! Days like this require contemplative thought, which is why I'm finally starting meditation. I don't care what you call it, but I hope to find a new happy place and I can't think of a better place to start than within me. Between this and my friend Reebok elliptical, I've got some new things on my plate. So far I've been a good friend to Reebok and all she has given me is sore legs, shortness of breath and lots of sweat. They say good friendships take a long time to develop, so I am hanging on to see the results. Be nice to me Reebok or I know a good truck to send you away on!



Days like this require simple food. Days like this require soothing food. But if you know my food by now, you must realize that flavor is my middle name. I love food that sings to me; food that makes me guess all of its components while happily munching it away. Yellow was missing from my life,(maybe it is because Zoe has left) but the sweet beauty of Thai chicken soup was calling my name. Yeah. Today, this was how I cooked.


Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves about 3-4
Time to make: About 15 minutes to make and 15 minutes to simmer
Ingredients:
1 T oil
2 minced garlic cloves
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sliced in thin strips which is best accomplished when the meat is partially frozen)
1/2 t turmeric
1/4 t cayenne pepper
pinch red chili flakes
1/2 can unsweetened coconut milk
3 1/4 c chicken stock
Juice of 1/2 a lime
2 t lemon grass paste
1-2 t fish sauce
3 T pineapple juice and reserve the chunks
2 T crunchy peanut butter
1 c thin dried egg noodles
3 scallions, chopped
3 T cilantro, chopped
1/2 t sriracha
Fried onions to garnish
Chopped peanuts to garnish
Chopped Cilantro to garnish
Sliced Jalapenos to garnish (seeds in = spicy!)
Directions:
Heat oil in a large-ish pot. Add garlic cloves and saute until light golden. Add the chicken, turmeric, pepper, and red chili flakes top pot. Stir fry for a few minutes until chicken is almost cooked. Add coconut milk, chicken stock, lime juice, lemon grass paste, fish sauce, and pineapple juice. Whisk in peanut butter. Simmer for a few minutes. Soup can be made until this point. To continue-while soup is simmering add the egg noodles and cook al dente according to package directions. Before serving, stir in scallions and cilantro. Add sriracha to taste at table. Fish sauce can also be added if you like a saltier flavor. Ladle soup into bowls and top with fried onions, cilantro, chopped peanuts, jalapenos, and small chunks of pineapple. Taste the sunshine!

A few more to try:
White Bean, Bacon and Kale Soup
Cincinnati Chili
Pasta Chicken Gratin
Chili Lover's Meatloaf
Chicken Soup Chicken

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29 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious. Your post and the latest one I just published sounds like we are in the same place. . . kind of sick of winter. This soup would surely cheer me up. Yum!

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    1. Today sure helped. It has been really gray a lot this year! Thanks Karen!

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  2. This soup looks so good, I love all the flavors. When it's this cold out I serve soup for dinner at least once a week. Going to have to put Lemon Grass Paste onto my shopping list!

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    1. Lemon grass paste is really great to have on hand. Unless I go to an Asian market, I can never find it fresh. Love the paste because it gives a lot of zing to anything! Thanks Karen!

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  3. I make something similar, a Burmese dish called Khow Suey. My whole family loves it! Typically Thai cuisine makes a variation with thai red curry which is too spicy for my kids so I make the Burmese recipe. I will have to try this version and see how it compares.

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    1. I do love the Thai red curry and I think it would be fine to stir right in and then get rod of some of the other spices. This one is not overly spicy at all. Thanks Seyma!

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  4. I think I can smell it through the computer. Yum! Thanks for sharing at the Blog with Friends link up!

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    1. It does smell good, I admit! Thanks to you Robin, too!

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  5. Boy, it's been kinda gray here, too. Bummer. Which means I've been thinking a lot about soup lately -- always comforts one, doesn't it? I'm actually planning to make some sort of chicken soup this week (with leftover chicken), so I may play with your recipe. Or I may do something entirely different -- I'll see how the spirit moves me when I start to cook dinner. ;-) Good stuff -- thanks.

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    1. John, I'm never worried how the spirit moves you! It always comes out great!

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  6. Abbe: I pinned this soup to one of my boards because I want to try this recipe at home. Thai cuisine is one of my favorite cuisines! My husband and family are fans as well. As I fell in love with its image, I am sure that it will be love at the first bite.
    Your dog is so cute! It made me smile.

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    1. I hope you love it Denise! I love Vietnamese and Thai because they are always so fresh! Always happy to make someone smile!

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  7. o Abbe, I am desperate in need of one large bowl right now. It looks soul-satisfying and delicious.

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  8. Indiana is right up there with Illinois with being gray and dreary. I'm certain a puppy on my lap and a bowl of your fabulous Thai soup would help my mood!

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    1. I am so ready for a puppy. Hopefully there is one on the horizon for you and me both! Thanks Liz!

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  9. Absolutely love this soup Abbe, Thai is my favorite.

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    1. Oh Cheri, I hope it is giving you some comfort. Take care.

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  10. We are soup-a-holics! And this soup has been bookmarked! Delish ! Cant wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing Abbe.

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    1. Thanks so much Anna and Liz. Try it and enjoy!

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  11. Your Thai chicken noodle soup would brighten any day! I know how you feel about the lack of sunshine. I used to live in Michigan so I know I don't have to say anything more. Even lately here in HK between the rain and the pollution the sun has been hiding. However, today for the first time she is back out again. Thank goodness as food photography without natural sunlight is so difficult.

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  12. Damn delicious!!!
    lovin this thai noodle soup for rainy days lately here in Palembang....

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  13. Other than tumeric, I have all the ingredients to make this! Although I think the tumeric is necessary for the color of the soup, no? Love it!

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  14. Oh Abbe...you are torturing me with this noodle soup...I can only imagine how delicious this soup is...tangy, spicy...yum!
    Stay warm...and the picture of the doggie is so cute!

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  15. This soup does look like sunshine in a bowl, I can imagine why this would be so delicious :D
    Very comforting too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. I am either in need of some light therapy or soup therapy myself. It's so hard to get outside to get exercise and I miss having the sun on me. I think this soup would do the trick - it sounds delicious, Abbe.

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  17. That top shot literally looks like the beautiful sun --- love this recipe!!

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  18. This looks so delicious...what great flavors! I love Thai, so I have to try this one...thanks for sharing!

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  19. This is exactly, i mean EXACTLY, what i need to make this weekend. We're in a perpetual state of grey here as well, with a few peeks of sun here and there, but not nearly enough to feel good about it, and this soup would make me super happy. Love the flavors going on here, Abbe!

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