Tofu Bean Sprout Soup

With the cool weather comes the need for baking and soup making (like my little rhyme there?). As you know I have been trying to retrain myself to eat intuitively. It’s kind of a slow and steady process but I’m happy to say I’ve lost 13 pounds! Even with these improvements some days I just feel ravenous and find myself wanting to eat a massive quantity of everything! In order to allow myself to be able to eat more and hopefully feel full I made myself a big pot of bean sprout soup today. As weird as it sounds… I absolutely love this stuff. I especially craved it when I was pregnant. It’s low in calories and it fills you up fast. A little back story…

A few years ago my mom came across Asian dramas (with an emphasis on the Korean dramas) and a whole new world opened up to us. Asian romances and Asian food! Our love of the Korean culture even pushed my mom to sign up for a Korean exchange student who lived with us for nearly a year. We had so much fun learning her culture and tasting the new foods she shared with us. Bean sprout soup was definitely a “love at first bite” for me.

It’s so yummy and a nice addition is tofu and rice. This soup is gluten free as well as paleo if you forego the rice.

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Tofu Bean Sprout Soup
(Slightly Adapted from Bap Story)

6 cups water
200g bean sprouts (about 2 cups)
6 dried anchovies (or 1-1/2 tsp. dashi)
1 piece of dried kelp
2 inch slice of daikon radish
7 ounces firm tofu
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Korean red chili powder
2 tablespoons chopped green onions

Add water, anchovies (or dashi), kelp and daikon radish to pan. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Remove kelp and anchovies. Add bean sprouts and tofu. Cover pan with lid and increase heat. Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes.

Then add salt, Korean red chili powder and green onion. Let simmer for a few minutes and serve. To make it a little more filling you can add a 1/2 cup rice to your bowl and its delicious. If you are Paleo then leave out the rice and its just as tasty!

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Paleo Roasted Cauliflower Cous Cous/ Rice

It was family picture day and it was an exhausting week trying to figure out what everyone was going to wear so we all matched but not too much! Thankfully our 2 little munchkins were happy and cooperated pretty well this morning. So glad they are done for the season though!

On top of this success I am also excited to share this new recipe with you. Manly has taken up hunting this year and his friend came up to join him in scouting some possible hunting areas… this friend has recently turned to the paleo diet. I don’t have an interest in going completely paleo but I am always interested in trying new things. I decided to make a meal and venture into the unknown… by making cauliflower rice! Scary!

I made lemon chicken and roasted broccoli as well. I wasn’t too impressed with the cauliflower rice and opted to head out for some me time while the guys ate dinner without me… so I didn’t have to awkwardly receive compliments on something that didn’t turn out well. I don’t like feeding things to people I myself do not enjoy. Anyways… after I returned and the friend was gone, my brother suggested roasting the leftovers. This little addition brought my cauliflower rice to a whole new level! It actually tasted a lot like cous cous so I’m calling it both.

Roasted Cauliflower Cous Cous Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Cous Cous Rice

1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup onion
1/4 red bell pepper
1 small jalapeno pepper
1 garlic clove
3 eggs, whisked
olive oil
salt and pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Cut up the head of cauliflower into small chunks and put them through the food processor until they are rice like.

2. Food process the onion and garlic together. Squeeze out excess liquid. Set aside.

3. Food process pepper and jalapeno together. Squeeze out excess liquid. Set aside.

4. Heat a large saute pan on medium high. Add 1 tbs. of olive oil and saute onion/ garlic mixture until soft and clear. Add in the peppers and continue to cook.

5. While veggies are cooking use a small saute pan to prepare the eggs. Heat pan to medium low, add olive oil to the pan then add whisked eggs. Scramble eggs into small pieces.

6. Add eggs to veggies and then add in cauliflower.

7. Cook until the cauliflower has a soft texture.

8. Spread cauliflower out on a cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle with salt pepper. Place on the top rack in your preheated oven and cook until just starting to brown. About 5-10 minutes.

9. Mix up and enjoy this amazingness!

Intuitive Eating Update

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently. I had been posting on my husbands nearly new laptop and of course it stopped working – it’s actually still not fixed – so it’s been harder to get on here these past couple of weeks.

Anyways… I am so loving this intuitive eating. I have managed to eat so many foods I love – like baked goods, the occasional lattes and ice cream- and I’ve managed to lose a few ounces shy of 10 pounds. I started this thing at 169 pounds and I’m down in the 159s now! Woo hoo!

Since I can and do eat whatever sounds good I have a yummy recipe I tried out last night….wait for it…

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Maple Bacon Biscuits
Adapted from Wineimbiber

10 slices bacon into 1/2–inch pieces (I used the pre-cooked bacon from Costco)
1-3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cut into 1/2–inch cubes
3 Tbs. maple syrup
1/4 cup + 3 tbs. buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon half and half or heavy cream
Salt
Additional maple syrup to drizzle over the tops

In a medium frying pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until cooked but not crispy, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate or pan, to remove excess fat. Or you can use pre-cooked Costco bacon and skip this step all together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the diced butter, until it resembles small peas. Stir in the bacon, then 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and the buttermilk until the dough just comes together (it will still be clumpy). Be careful not to overwork the dough.
On a lightly floured surface, gently press or roll the dough to 1–inch thickness. Cut the biscuits using a 2–inch round cutter; you should have 12 biscuits. Place biscuits on a parchment–lined baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart. Chill biscuits in freezer for 10 minutes (or fridge if you don’t have freezer space).

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. While the biscuits are chilling, prepare the egg wash: In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream. Brush the chilled biscuits with egg wash and top each with a pinch of salt.
Bake the biscuits until they just begin to brown, about 25 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven. Quickly drizzle about 1 tsp. of maple syrup over each of the biscuits, then place the tray back in the oven for 3 minutes more. Serve while still warm. You can reheat them in the microwave for 20 seconds too and they are delicious!

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