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R2R Soup #2

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My first "Refuse to Regain" soup -- the salmon, celery and tomato experiment -- was all gone yesterday. The R2R concept here: focusing on "primarian" foods compatible with our evolutionary history, pre-farming: so hunter/gatherer veggies, fruits and lean protein, but no grains or legumes.

Yesterday I tried a variant on an Asian chicken vegetable theme: no edamame or peanuts (to eliminate legumes) and no soba buckwheat or rice noodles or brown rice (to eliminate grains).

Just chicken and lots and lots of vegetables!

I made it simple and quick by using a 1.75 kg bag of frozen Asian veggies (the kind with green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms and water chestnuts, but no mini corn cobs: corn also being a grain).

Ingredients include: chicken broth; 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed; about an inch of fresh ginger root, grated; chile pepper flakes; Chinese five spice; a little low-sodium soya sauce (yup, I recognize that's a little legume sneaking in) ; the Asian veggies plus lots of baby bok choy; and lots of fresh cilantro, chopped.

Tastes just great -- really spicy. And the extra vegetables, so briefly cooked, provide lots of "body" and texture.

All an experiment -- at some point I'll be using up my pantry supplies of couscous and quinoa and whole grain spaghetti noodles and canned chickpeas and oatmeal -- but it's interesting! Changing it up, trying something new helps me sustain motivation.

[Another motivator . . . fashion finds. Bought off the sale rack for $10 yesterday: very dark burgundy velvet skinnies!! So soft and comfy! Next weekend I'll be putting away the white summer cottons . . . . ]

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    Feeling great in cute/sexy clothes really IS a motivator. It's one of my favorite!
    2471 days ago
    Interesting - I am just now adding the ancient grains to our diet (but I missed the 'healthy fat' discussion too)
    My research into inflammatory foods shows the grains as inflammatory, but with more research touting the Mediterranean Diet, I have to believe cereals and pulse are important parts of our diet.

    I'm @ the infant stage of replacing processed grains with the ancients and as you are, moving toward the basics; as noted in http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/2011/
    06/gathering-wild-grains.html - finding those we gathered before we farmed them....

    Will be interested to know if your new approach eases the pain in your hands.
    Namaste my friend.
    2475 days ago
    Wait, next week is fall? Already???

    Soup sounds great, though!
    2476 days ago
    I'm happy you give us all the particulars about your soups -- I love soup and usually have a pot in my fridge, but your varieties are much more adventuresome than mine. I'll definitely be checking out these blogs again when I get home for "a little something different." So glad you have found a way to "mix it all up".
    2476 days ago
    Yum! I just love spicy soups that jazz up the tongue! :-)

    2476 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You are amazing!!! Love to hear all about your R2R soups. Such great inspiration.

    Putting away the cottons.... I just turned on the A/C again... linen keeps me cool. However your new velvet skinnies sound so heavenly. Enjoy!
    2476 days ago
    Just when I thought we were getting to soup weather, this heat wave has descended... but I'm saving soup as a tool for the weather ahead... it may have gone away for a week or two, but the cool will be back!

    2476 days ago
    2476 days ago
    Your burgundy skinnies sound fun..yes the mornings are getting cooler and I am going to start layering up. My morning walks are cooler.

    Your soup sounds tasty..I love the bok choy. I will be curious to see how you feel with your no grain no legume approach. I still have one grain 3 or 4 times a week.

    My son started law school. It is intense as I am sure you know!

    Have a great Sunday and thanks for sharing your R2R soup.
    2476 days ago
    Soup sounds lovely. I'm also shaking up the menu plans and feel that it is helping. Haven't tried the paleo approach, but maybe I will sometime. I'll be interested to see what you think as you go on. After your pantry is empty of quinoa and oatmeal will you buy more?

    Applaud the shopping. I found burgundy yesterday, too -- a pair of shorts for $8 that I love! Here we won't be putting away summer cottons -- we'll just add a jacket when needed probably in December. We'll see.
    2476 days ago
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