Thai Cucumber Salad

This vibrant Thai cucumber salad recipe comes from Katie Workman’s The Mom 100 food blog! It’s so easy and quick to prepare. From Katie: This salad features bright flavors, exciting textures, and the play of sweet and sour and salty happening in so many ways. Lemongrass, chilies, coconut milk, these ingredients are now popping up all over the country at supermarkets and it’s so much fun to work them into your home cooking. This simple salad features crunchy cucumbers, enhanced with just a bit of citrus, soy sauce and a few other Thai ingredients. Cilantro (sometimes also called Chinese parsley) is an herb people usually love or hate – few people feel “meh” about it, so if it’s not your thing, or someone at the table doesn’t like it, serve it on the side and let people add it to their own salads as they wish. If you want to bump up the flavor even further, substitute fish sauce for half of the soy sauce. It will add a layer of pungency to the dish!  Thanks, Katie, for sharing this delicious salad recipe!

Thai Cucumber Salad
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 seedless cucumbers
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons less sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup salted cocktail peanuts, lightly crushed
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumbers, slice them in half lengthwise and remove any seeds with a teaspoon. Slice the cucumber into very thin slices crosswise, using a sharp knife or a mandolin. Trim the jalapeño, slice lengthwise, remove the seeds and finely mince.
  2. In a large bowl combine the jalapeño, shallots, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, and stir to combine. Add in the cucumber and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl or platter, top with the cilantro and peanuts and serve.
Notes
Recipe courtesy of: The Mom 100

 

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup

pumpkin coconut soup

Soup & Salad | January 17, 2017 | By

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Warm up your tootsies with this super easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup!  I literally made this in 30 minutes!  Need I say more? There are so many fragrant spices in this recipe, plus the sweetness from the pumpkin purée and a dash of brown sugar combined with the heat from the Thai chili pepper is so incredibly satisfying! It’s seriously healthy too, no fat in this bowl of goodness! Pair it with a nice glass of wine (or whisky) and you’ll be warming up in no time!

Pumpkins really work wonderfully in this comforting bowl of soup!

Toast the raw pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of salt and sriracha seasoning!

 

 

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 15 oz. cans pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Dollop of low-fat sour cream
  • Toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds for garnish (recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a heavy Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper. Sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent. Stir in the curry powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and salt until well blended with the sautéed vegetables about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, coconut milk, pumpkin purée, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, purée the soup until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Add in the pepper and more salt if necessary. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.
  3. To make the toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds:
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup of raw pumpkins seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the pumpkin seeds with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sriracha seasoning. Toss well to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until browned and toasted. Let cool.
Notes
Thai chili peppers can be replaced with red chili flakes. Sriracha seasoning can be replaced with adobo seasoning. For vegetarian, you can substitute the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

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Asian Turkey Noodle Soup

Soup & Salad | January 10, 2017 | By

I would never ditch that leftover turkey carcass from the holidays!  No way!  Drop it in a pot with carrots, onions, herbs, and spices, and voila — homemade turkey stock!  I used the stock for this delicious Asian-inspired turkey soup.  Loaded with deliciousness, this bowl of yum is also healthy and filling. The ginger, shallots, lime, and touch of heat from the red chili paste (sambal oelek) combined with the turkey and bean thread noodles is one bowl of noodle soup that you’ll savor all week long!  Slurp away!

Bean thread noodles soak up this delicious bowl of turkey soup!

Asian Turkey Noodle Soup
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 cups homemade turkey stock (or low-fat chicken broth)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced thinly
  • 6 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 kafir lime leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 3 ½ ounces bean thread noodles
  • 2 cups shredded turkey meat
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime slices to garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the turkey stock in a large stock pot, bring to a boil and lower heat to medium. Add in the garlic, carrots, shallots, ginger, and kafir lime leaves. Cover partially and simmer for 5 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add in the sambal oelek, fish sauce, and lime juice. Cook another 5 minutes until fragrant. Check for seasoning.
  2. Meanwhile, pour boiling water over the bean thread noodles in a large bowl and let sit until soft, about 5 minutes. Drain the noodles and set aside.
  3. Add the turkey meat and cilantro to the soup mixture when ready to serve. Stir for 2 minutes until heated through. Serve the soup by first placing the noodles at the bottom of the bowl, and ladling the soup on top of the noodles. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and at Asian markets.

Kafir lime leaves are available at most Asian markets and select grocery stores. The dried version can be found at select grocery stores like Whole Foods. You can substitute the kafir lime leaves for bay leaves.

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