Pho Real

I had pho for the first time in Philly last month. (Which I later learned is pronounced “fuh”. So now do you get the title?!) Anyway, moving on…my god it was amazing! Spicy, and savory, and filling. But not like “food baby” filling. It was so perfect I had to try to recreate it. Plus, it’s having a real moment, so naturally we want to give you a damn delish recipe for it. Have at it readers!

  • 8oz rice noodles
  • 1/2 of a large onion
  • 4″ of ginger
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 1lb chicken breast, cooked and shredded (for vegetarian style, don’t add this. Obvi.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Sriracha sauce to taste

Prepare the rice noodles according to the box.  While the noodles are cooking, peel and slice the ginger and thin slice the onion. Remove the stems from the shiitake mushrooms and quarter the tops. Heat a large pot over high heat and add the ginger and onion for a few minutes. (Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn.) Once fragrant, add in the chicken broth, cinnamon stick, fish sauce and shredded chicken. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Turn down the heat to medium and let the ingredients simmer. Add in the rice noodles.

To prepare the toppings, seed the jalapeno and thin slice. Pour the pho into bowls and top with a few jalapeno slices and fresh cilantro. Season with Sriracha for an extra kick.

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Happy Eating, XO.

 

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Enchiladas

Listen, bikini season is over and there is a chill in the air…I say we have an ooey gooey decadent dinner! Some good old stick to your ribs (And maybe love handles) comfort food. These chicken and cheese enchiladas have even won over a non-Mexican food lover like myself! Hope you enjoy & remember to post pictures with the #damndelish tag!

  • 3 tbsp. butter (I know that’s a shit ton, I didn’t say this was diet friendly)
  • 8 oz. of sour cream (keeps getting better 😛)
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • Hot sauce (I did a couple of splashes of the Chalula’s chili garlic)
  • Onion powder (optional, I’m just a seasoning whore)
  • Garlic powder (optional again, just going for robust flavor)
  • 1 bag of shredded Mexican cheese (think Colby jack, Monterey jack, etc.)
  • 1 shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of salsa – eyeball the salsa, its not apart of the original recipe and I just added it to the chicken & cheese mixture. (Note on what kind to use: preferably one that is low in water content and packed with onions & green chilies. I don’t want to brand plug anyone, but I think Rotell’s tomatoes & chilies, again not name dropping #jussayin’.)
  • Chopped black olives (I left these out, but some people commented on the original recipe that they added them. I might try it next time.)

Mix the shredded chicken, half the cheese, and the salsa and set aside. In the mean time start the roux of the butter and flour. Stir in the chicken broth to loosen the sauce up. IMPORTANT, let this cool before folding in the sour cream. IF you don’t, it will curdle the sour cream, essentially: sauce is ruined. Anyway while the sauce is cooling pre sour cream, you can assemble the enchiladas in you oven safe pan. Fill the tortillas with the mixture evenly, roll, and lay seam side down in a line.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and then broil for 3 minutes, be careful not to burn. Note: Let it cool before serving.

Happy Eating, XO.

Asian Persuasian

My favorite appetizer at Thai restaurants is chicken sate. I could literally eat an order of it as a meal. So I figured why waste delivery charge money on a dish that I can make it home…So after a few articles googled I decided to get to work, and boy was the final product delish!

  • 1 packet of boneless skinless chicken tenders (I bought mine from Trader Joes because they were cut just like sate pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • pinch of smoked paprika
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of onion powder
  • pinch of salt & black pepper

Take the spices and mix. Then dry rub into the chicken. Heat your grill pan on high heat with some olive oil and start grilling the tenders. In the meantime, you can work on the peanut dipping sauce. Trust me on this- its way better than the jar junk that has a ton of preservatives. Also its super easy! All you have to do is: Heat and whisk the below ingredients in a sauce pan (well other than the ground peanuts that’s just for garnish and hence optional).

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (you should have this leftover from the goan curry recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (you should have this left over from the sweet potatoes recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • (optional) 2 tablespoons ground peanut
  • Salt to taste

Maybe next time I’ll venture into making the little pickled cucumber they serve with the sate at restaurants too. But for now…

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Happy Eating, XO.

Multi-tasker’s Meal

Before you panic at the “long” ingredient list realize it is all things you most likely already have in your pantry & fridge. Its a quick week night meal that you can bake while you change, set the table, throw in some laundry… Or maybe that’s just my game plan for tonight. Anyway, you gotta eat so might as well bake this up and give your taste buds something different than grocery store rotisserie chicken. Although trust me I am not hating, only appreciating how much our age bracket eats that stuff.

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp of Dijon mustard (so very optional, I just like the tang)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash, any flavor
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (more if you like heat, or even a tsp of sriracha would be good)
  • pinch of dried parsley flakes

Here is the picture of just dumping all those ingredients and combining. IMG_6073

Spoon each chicken breast with the mixture. Make a foil tent for each breast. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 min. For the last 5 minutes take out of foil, baste with juices and broil on low. (I did it on high and started charring the tops of the chicken-not a good look)

My friend made a great suggestion of serving the chicken with the pan juices although I thought the chicken was moist enough without making my plate messy with extra sauce. I am also nuts on plate presentation though so I’m probably wrong here on the taste scale.

Happy Eating, XO.

Chicken Soup (for the Soul)

Cold season is in full swing around our neighborhood. People are coming down with it quicker than you can sneeze. My husband happened to bring it home last week and by the end of the week I had caught it too. I can honestly say in all the time we’ve been together we’ve never been sick at the same time. Who was supposed to take care of who?!

Well, as a die hard foodie (and both of us being too sick to go to the store), I stepped up to the bowl (haha?) and made us some homemade chicken soup, for the soul. (Because you can’t say chicken soup without thinking “…for the soul”). Now guys, if I can make this soup while wrapped in a snuggie, you know it’s easy.

  • 1 box of chicken stock or chicken broth (if you want to know the difference btwn the two, check this out. I used chicken stock for this recipe as I like the bolder flavor.)
  • 2 diced chicken breasts
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 leek
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 piece of celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tbsps of parsley
  • 1 tbsp of dill
  • 1 bag of egg noodles or 2 bags of rice (I prefer rice, but either works)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the chicken in the skillet until slightly brown. Be sure not to over do it it as it’ll continue to cook once added in later with the vegetables. Once done, plate the chicken and cover with foil to keep it warm.

Dice all of the vegetables and spices and place in the skillet you cooked the chicken in. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Let the vegetables cook for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Add in the chicken and let sit for a couple of minutes to soak in the soup. Get well soon!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Happy Eating, XO.