Friday, April 27, 2012

Asian Chicken Soup

We finally had some soup weather here.  It didn't last long but it was a nice break from the hot weather that started so early this year.  I was pretty excited this worked out because I had planned to make some soup this week anyway.  I had a big batch of baby bok choy from my CSA that needed to be used so I was inspired to make an asian soup.  The soup I came up with is fresh and full of healthy veggies.  It will fill you up and provide you with lots of vitamins and minerals from all of the tasty bok choy, cabbage, carrots and daikon.
While I was chopping and shredding the kids were enjoying the cooler weather by cuddling up in their chairs and relaxing. 

Life is so tough as a toddler right?

Asian Chicken Soup

8 cups water
2 chicken breasts
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 inch piece ginger, diced
3 tbsp coconut aminos, tamari, or Namu Shoyu
1 tbsp miso
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp rice vinegar
4 cups chopped boy choy
2 cups shredded carrot
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded diakon

In a large pot combine water, chicken, chopped carrot and celery, garlic and ginger.
Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until chicken will pull apart easily (about 1 hour).
While your waiting you can make a play dough masterpiece...

Or just eat some. That's his guilty face.

When chicken will easily pull apart remove it from part and use a fork to shred.
Return the shredded chicken to the pot and add coconut aminos, miso, salt, and vinegar and return to boil.
Add bok choy and cook 2-3 minutes. 

Just before serving add carrots, cabbage and daikon.

Ladle into a bowl and top with cilantro and coconut aminos.

The kids definitely approved of this meal.  Soup is a bit messy with the little ones but that's ok.

This is what happens when I leave carrots on the counter.  Aidric grabbed one before dinner and Kota had to have one too. 

 I didn't mind them gnawing on the carrots while they ate their soup!

This is all that was left of our soup when we were done.  I was just glad to have lunch for the next day!

And this guy was done for the day.

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