Simple Savory Soup

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12 February 2015

So beyond bitterly cold and windy yesterday. So, what’s a girl to do for a quick dinner?
I decided to make soup with ingredients that I already had in my pantry and freezer. Because when you get home at 3:00 PM after running around in the cold all day the last thing you want to do is run out for something and I can’t eat cheese and crackers any more– my trainer, Kay has me banned for life from beloved cheese. AND I’m in NoHu– not NoLo where I can walk down the street to Whole Foods salad bar– a fave for sure. So, like any good home chef– you get creative with what you have.


Bear with me— I don’t give amounts– I wing it. You can too.
Uncork a bottle of good Chardonnay and liberally pour a glass– repeat again and then again as needed.

Olive Oil
Sesame Seed Oil

Garlic– chopped or thinly sliced
Cilantro– chopped
Fresh Ginger Root– peeled + zested
Lemon or Lime for zest + juice
Red Pepper Flakes– grind before adding

Low Sodium Chicken Broth
Trader Joe’s Frozen Chicken or Pork Potstickers /Dumplings

Uncooked Frozen Jumbo Shrimp– de-tailed (is that a term?)

Organic Baby Spinach Leaves

1/2 of a Yellow and Red Bell Pepper– julienned
Medium to Small Red Onion– julienned

Sauté bell peppers, garlic and onion in olive oil and splash of sesame oil until translucent.

Add chicken broth then dumplings and bring to rolling boil– reduce heat. Add lemon/ lime zest and juice, ginger and pepper flakes. When dumplings appear to be almost cooked thru add shrimp. Toss in chopped fresh cilantro.

When shrimp is the perfect pink– taste and adjust seasonings…more pepper flakes, more lemon or lime, garlic, a quick dash of sesame oil, more ginger is always a good thing and another toss of cilantro.
In shallow bowl (I use only the best: Heath Ceramics) spoon savory hot soup over a bed of baby spinach leaves.

And there you have it….savory, hearty, simple, gorgeous soup for one on a frigid winter night.
And Lola? I heated up her usual fare w/ left over chicken broth. She’ll toast to that any chilly night.

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