Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, One Pot Dish, Soup

Beefed Up Pho

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Happy snowy day in Boston! Vietnamese Pho Soup may look intimidating (or strange), but it’s so simple. You make a broth, cook the rice noodles and assemble. I originally made a Vegan Pho with tofu because it’s easy to use and requires no prep, but, like the rest of you carnivores out there, I knew I needed to try a try meat lover’s option… with BEEF. I swapped vegetable for beef broth and did a 1:1 ratio of rice noodles to zoodles. As always, pho is light, refreshing and just what the doctor (or nurse) called for on a cold day. The sriracha and jalapeños add just the right amount of spice, the herbs contribute a freshness and the spices just the right flavor. Dish up a heaping bowl of Beef Pho with Zoodles.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad

Crazy for These Colorful Cabbage Bowls

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Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowls for the winnnnnn! I’m trying to make bowl salads or salad like dishes since I’ve become bored from the same old same old. Don’t get me wrong. Certain salads become classics and a staple for a reason, but you need some variety every now and then. Plus, this cabbage bowl is so colorful, it’s hard to resist not diving in fork first. I also never seem to buy beef. Not sure why, but maybe it’s a price thing, but I found some 90% lean beef at Roche Brothers and it was a sign. Literally a sign I needed to test out these cabbage bowls. SO GOOD. I tossed in my own fresh herbs, fresh ginger and hoisin sauce for flavor. Somehow these bad boys are both filling and light all at once and I’m definitely adding these ingredients to my grocery list to make them again.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free

Savory Sesame Soba Salad

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I can’t even get over this because IT WAS THAT GOOD. When I moved to Boston, I can honestly say I had never been to a Whole Foods before. The closest one in Maine was Portland and Ithaca was graced with Wegman’s. With a Whole Foods up the street from MGH and my apartment, I frequent it quite often and stop by their Prepared Food Bar, especially on nights when cooking just seems like an ordeal. I’ve had their sesame noodle salad before and decided to try my hand at my own version. I added beef, cucumber and bell pepper to mine. I served it cold like Whole Foods and it was just what I needed on a near 60°F day in Boston. (Yep, that’s right. Kicking off February with crazy warm weather.) This recipe for Sesame Beef Soba Noodle Salad is definitely here to stay.

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