Tom Yum Soup with Chicken & Shrimp

Your palate will be singing with this traditional Thai seafood soup! Known for it’s spicy and sour flavor, and fragrant spices and herbs, shrimp is usually the main ingredient. I’ve changed it up a bit with the addition of chicken. But any seafood or protein will do. This soup is a staple in most Thai restaurants and I’ve taste-tested quite a few. My version is a healthy alternative to Tom Yum soup made with full-fat coconut milk. Make sure to read the ingredients before ordering when dining out. Or, just make this easy, healthy version at home!

Tom Yum Soup with Chicken & Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, white soft insides only, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, seeds removed and sliced
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Zest from ½ lime
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • 1 small can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced very thinly
  • Handful of snow peas
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, drained
  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced very thinly
  • ½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 5-6 large basil leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a small pan, heat oil and add lemon grass, ginger, onion and chili peppers. Cook until just soft. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth, lime juice, lime zest, fish sauce, sugar, and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove kaffir lime leaves. Add in sambal oelek, tomatoes, cooked vegetables, mushrooms, snow peas, and water chestnuts. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add in chicken and shrimp cooking until just done, about 2 minutes, taking care not to overcook. Ladle into soup bowls. Top with fresh basil to garnish.
Notes
Can be served over rice noodles. Sambal oelek and kaffir lime leaves (fresh or dried) can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.

Wasabi Seared Tuna

Main, Seafood, Starters | January 23, 2016 | By

When my sister-in-law, Laurel, first introduced me to this amazing dish she served it whole as an entree. So delish, but I’m not a big fan of thick tuna steaks, so I decided to slice it thinly and serve it as an appetizer. Let me tell you, it’s always a big hit with my dinner guests! It’s on the light side so it won’t fill you up before your main meal. Make sure you watch carefully when you’re searing the tuna because it can get overcooked very quickly. I prefer mine rare on the inside so it takes very little time to sear. The wasabi peas are not at all spicy, but give the tuna a pretty outside color and nice texture. This starter dish is made to impress!

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Wasabi Seared Tuna
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup wasabi peas
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 medium sized, thick sushi grade ahi tuna or yellowfin tuna steaks
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Wasabi paste
Dipping Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 chopped green onion for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pulse wasabi peas in a food processor until it forms a course powder. Place in a shallow dish for dredging such as a pie pan. Pat dry the tuna steaks and brush one tablespoon of canola oil on both sides. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge tuna on all sides in wasabi peas to coat. Heat a medium cast iron skillet on high heat. Sear tuna for 3 minutes on first side and 2 minutes on second side until nicely seared on the outside and rare on the inside. Make sure to sear the sides as well. Take out of skillet and let rest on cutting board for 5 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain and serve with dipping sauce and wasabi paste.
  2. For the dipping sauce: Whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and pepper flakes in a small bowl. Top with green onions to garnish and serve alongside tuna slices.
Notes
The tuna can also be left whole and served as a thick seared tuna steak as an entree, along with a side of sticky rice and nice ginger salad.

Adapted from: Laurel Schwartz

Healthy Shrimp Fried Rice

Main, Seafood, Sides | January 7, 2016 | By

Whoa! Healthy fried rice, you ask? Yes! This healthier version of fried rice will keep you wondering why you were indulging on the “other” fried rice, which looks healthy but really isn’t! This is a cinch to make and will fill you up, as a side or main dish. You can add whatever protein you have on hand, like chicken or tofu. This version includes shrimp because it cooks so quickly. Prepare it with a variety of veggies from your fridge or freezer. I’ve made this fried rice with edamame, shaved brussels sprouts, whatever! Nothing traditional about this dish!

Healthy Shrimp Fried Rice
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 onion, small diced
  • ½ head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, carrots)
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (preferably one-day old rice)
  • 3 green onions (scallions), sliced
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder, and red pepper flakes and set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the egg and stir gently until the egg is just set. Remove to a plate and finely chop. Add shrimp to wok and cook until pink, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. Add garlic and onion to the skillet and cook until onions have become translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add broccoli florets and cook until crisp tender. Stir in frozen veggies and half of the green onions and cook until veggies are tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in cooked rice, green onions and soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in egg and shrimp. Toss in the remainder of the green onions and combine thoroughly. Serve immediately.