Vietnamese Pho: An Organic Take

 

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Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.

The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.

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Ingredients

1 lb beef or pork bones

1 White onion, Large

4-5 quarts of water

1 tbsp Ginger, fresh

1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Pepper

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 pods Star Anise

2-3 tbsp Fish sauce

1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)

1 tbsp Sriracha

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 lime

Toppings:

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 head of Cilantro

2-3 Jalapeños

1 package Thai Basil

Green Onions

2 limes

1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles

Sriracha

Poison Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes

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IMG_3304.JPGPreparation:
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!

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Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.

In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours.  Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.

In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

 

 

 

 

A Lotta Enchiladas: Nutritious & Delicious Recipe

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Giving up meat was a super hard thing for me, but I did it for health reasons. However, it’s recipes like this that make all the difference! It’s packed with veggies and nutrients, super filling, and hits just the right spot! It’s terrific for a family dinner because it makes a bunch! butternut squash

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Ingredients

Coconut oil

1 Butternut Squash

1 Medium Sweet Potato

1 15oz can of Black Beans

1 Onion

1 Zucchini

1 can of Hatch Green Chilis

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 can of Hatch Green Enchilada Sauce

1 can of Hatch Red Enchilada Sauce

2 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

2-3 tbsp Chili Powder

2 tbsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Cumin

Blue Corn Tortillas

Toppings

Avocado

Salsa

Cilantro

Lime

Pepper Jack Cheese

Sour Cream

Cook Time: 45 min – 1 hour

Serving: 10-12 enchiladas

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Turn on your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. While that oven is warming, peel, take out the seeds, and dice your butternut squash. Take out a baking pan and grease it with Coconut oil, put the squash in, spinkle salt and pepper on top, and place in the oven for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, flip the squash in the tray and turn the tray around so that the side that originally faced the front now faces the back. Cook for another 10 minutes.

While your Squash is Baking, take out a medium size pot and fill with water. Peel and dice sweet potato into bite-sized pieces and place in the water once boiling. Allow the potato to cook for 10-15 minutes in the water on medium/high heat or until they are soft.

Now, take out a frying pan. Place enough coconut oil in the pan to cover it evenly, add chopped onion, zucchini, bell pepper, black beans, and hatch green chilis into the pan. Add Seasoning: cumin, turmeric, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Allow for them to steam cook on medium heat with a lid on top for 5 minutes, continuously check and stir the pan.

Once the veggies have softened, take out another frying pan and add half of both cans of enchilada sauce to the pan, add the other half to a separate frying pan to heat and soak your tortillas. Check on both your butternut Squash and Sweet Potato. By now they should be about done. Strain Sweet Potato and add to the pan with veggies in it. Take Squash out of the oven and do the same. Next, take two corn tortillas at a time and place them in the pan that is solely enchilada sauce. Turn on medium heat, and continue to flip the tortillas until they are warm/hot. Place the heated tortillas on a plate, add in veggies and toppings of your choice. I’ll be real with you for a moment: the sour cream and cheese are the best parts so take that extra scoop if you need. Enjoy! ❤

As always, leave any questions or comments bellow to let me know how you liked it!