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Chinese Chicken & Mushroom Soup

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We’ve been seeing a lot of crazy rain recently here in Baltimore. So despite it being June, it’s been great soup weather!

IMG_2427This is what I call “fork-and-spoon-soup”, because the soba noodles are hard to tackle with a spoon, but you don’t want to miss any of the delicious broth! The broth is salty from the soy sauce, yet tart from the lime juice.

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This soup could easily be made vegetarian buy substituting tofu for the chicken. I baked some chicken while the soup cooked and then shredded it to add at the end. Someone in our house was very excited at the prospect of any chicken falling to the floor…

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Soba noodles are made of buckwheat, which explains their dark brown color. If you’ve never had soba before, I highly recommend trying it; if you’re totally opposed, any type of noodle would work in this soup (egg noodles, spaghetti, or even rice).

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This soup comes together pretty quickly, especially if you have some pre-cooked chicken/tofu on hand. So, go ahead and put it on the menu this week!

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Chinese Chicken & Mushroom Soup

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 20 min

Serves: 2

  • 10oz mushrooms (I used baby portobello)
  • 3C chicken broth
  • 6oz baby bok choy
  • 3oz soba noodles
  • 8oz chicken, shredded
  • 1T soy sauce
  • juice from 1 lime
  1. Add mushrooms to dutch oven over medium heat; cook until most of liquid has released
  2. Add chicken broth to pot, bring to a boil
  3. Add boy choy, cover and steam/cook for 5 min
  4. Add soba noodles, cover and cook for 5 min
  5. Add chicken, soy sauce and lime juice to the pot and warm through
  6. Enjoy!

Question: Does your pet(s) hang out in the kitchen while you cook? Do you ever let them ‘taste test’ what you’re cooking?

Eggplant Dirty Rice

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A few weeks ago, I came across this recipe for Eggplant Dirty Rice and got really excited! I don’t know about you all, but I have never successfully cooked eggplant. This recipe seemed different though, there was no salting and draining of excess moisture or anything crazy like that…you simply dice the eggplant and cook it. Easy.IMG_2372

I’m so glad that I found this recipe, because it turned out wonderful! The mixture of black, white and red pepper was FABULOUS. And while the soy sauce may seem out of place, I can assure you it is not, it’s perfect.

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To start, you chop up your mirepoix (sub green pepper for carrot…although, carrots would be just fine):

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Then I cubed my eggplant. Since I knew I wanted to blog about this recipe, I made sure to use my handy kitchen scale to weigh my eggplant so I could tell you all exactly how much I used (it reads: 575g, if you’re curious).

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Fun fact: eggplants are also known as aubergines.

The aromas coming from the kitchen were out of this world.

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I was a little nervous about the rice. I rely on my trusty rice cooker to do all the work for any rice we eat, so I was worried it would be over/under cooked, but the liquid & timing worked out and the rice was perfect.

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The worst part about this recipe is that you have to wait 10 whole minutes from when you take it out of the oven and when you can put it on your plate. I made this after work one night last week, so it was getting late at this point, but I knew if I didn’t let it sit the rice would be ruined…so I sat, and patiently waited those 10 minutes.

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I re-heated some grilled chicken I had in the fridge and mixed that in to add a little protein to my dinner. That’s optional though, the next day I ate some leftovers for lunch (sans chicken) and was totally satisfied. This meal may take a little while to make, but the time & effort are absolutely worth it!

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Eggplant Dirty Rice

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 50 min

Serves: 4 hungry people

  • 4 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1-1.25lb eggplant (1 large), cubed
  • 1T grapeseed oil (any neutral-flavored oil will work)
  • 1/2T marjoram
  • 1/2T dried basil
  • 1/2t black pepper
  • 1/4t white pepper
  • 1/4t red pepper (cayenne)
  • 5t minced garlic
  • 1T tomato paste
  • 1/4C soy sauce
  • 1C brown basmati rice (from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1.5C broth
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Head oil in dutch oven over medium heat
  3. Add celery, onion and bell peppers; cover and cook for 5 min
  4. Uncover, turn the heat to medium/high and cook 5 more min
  5. Add eggplant, marjoram, basil, black pepper, white pepper and cayenne; cook for 8 min
  6. Add minced garlic and tomato paste, stir well and cook for 1 min
  7. Add soy sauce and scrape bottom of the pan to incorporate
  8. Add rice and broth, cover and bring to a boil
  9. Place dutch oven into the oven for 20 min
  10. Remove from the oven, let stand 10 min
  11. Enjoy!

Question: Do you have a kitchen scale? How often, and for what do you use it?