As the weather cools, I am inspired by the crisp, fall, and sometimes salty sea-mist, air in Seattle. It's a sign that autumn is here and time to warm up the mind, body and home. And with a box of Explore Cuisine's Organic Edamame Spaghetti Noodles, I decided to create an Asian-inspired soup.
Healthy, hearty and whole, these are my newly found favorite noodles. I discovered these noodles while exploring the booths at the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Las Vegas. Impressed by their samples using these noodles, this bean-based spaghetti is more versatile than I realized.
From Italian to Asian, we don't have to always use spaghetti the traditional way. The best part is that we can consume noodles without wheat. This is not only perfect for people with gluten allergies, but it gives our digestive system a break so we can still consume the things we love without eliminating it from our diet. Plus, this pasta is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein - in fact it's 24 grams per serving! Between the fresh herbs, spices and vegetables, this is one powerful plant-based meal!
I don't know anyone who doesn't love Asian food, but sometimes there are mysterious ingredients when using premade sauces. Sodium, msg and preservatives, the secret to cooking Asian food is through the spices. I like to make my food flavorful without high dosages of sodium. All natural and food being as clean as possible is important to me.
So get ready to explore a world of cuisine that is flavored (and inspired by nature).
The original recipe below is best served for 2 to 3 people. However, the box of noodles can serve four bowls. Double the broth recipe for four people, that way there is plenty of broth to go around.
I hope your heart and home stays warm this autumn and be sure to check out Explore Cuisine's Organic Edamame Spaghetti Noodles and other products on their website.
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for my review, but have been given the product directly from Explore Cuisine.
Coconut Vegetable Soup with Explore Cuisine's Organic Edamame Noodles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time; 20-3 minutes
1 box Explore Cuisine's Organic Edamame Spaghetti Noodles
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 head of broccoli, chopped
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
pinch of salt + tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 inch knob of ginger, quartered
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, diced
5 inch fresh lemongrass, cut in half
1 tbsp thai basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
2 cups vegetable broth
7 oz (200 grams) coconut milk (1/2 can)
splash of lime juice
Cook noodles according to the package's directions.
In a pot, cook the onion, garlic, lemongrass, thai basil and ginger in oil for 3 to 5 minutes on low heat. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes.
Wash and prep the vegetables. Sauté the vegetables with oil in a skillet on low heat for several minutes. Add the salt and tamari and stir fry for several minutes until the vegetables are edible but still crunchy.
Place noodles in a bowl and top with vegetables. Ladle as much broth as you prefer and top with the optional garnish. Serve warm!
*NOTE: If you want this to serve four people, double the broth recipe.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com