Well thankfully today I managed to wake up on the right side of the bed. The sun was even out and shining for a change. Though, sadly, it has clouded back up again. I was feeling really lazy about a cardio workout I must admit. My legs aren't totally sore from weights yesterday, but there is just that hint of tiredness going on. I managed to do 2 Shock Cardio HiiT workouts though. I started with 40/20 and then kept on going with 30/30. Good times. I then opted for a pilates-based abs workout from STS Abs Circuit. I don't do that one often because it's 20 minutes. But it was very calming and relaxing. I'm glad I chose that one today.
I had some errands to run, so I did that while Jason got out on his bike for a ride. You have to take advantage of even the remote ray of sunshine when you can. After, we decided to be bad and have a late, unhealthy lunch at a local pizza joint called Vino's. It's an interesting spot to say the least. You'll see men in business suits, then people covered in tattoos and more piercing than you care to count. Very eclectic dive. It's a fun place to sit back, indulge in pizza and beer, and people watch. Oh, and they have their own microbrewery on site.
So, after stuffing our faces with pizza, we felt like dinner should be on the lighter side. You know, balance it all out right?? I decided to try a Hot and Sour Coconut Soup from The Urban Vegan. The temps dropped here throughout the day, and a soup sounded pretty tasty by the time dinner rolled around.
Hot and Sour Coconut Soup
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk organic celery, sliced (did not use)
1 carrot cubed (I used 2)
1 1-inch piece ginger, grated
1 tbsp canola oil (I used less)
1/2 - 1 heaping tbsp hot-and-sour paste, to taste (vegan tom yum)
1 15 oz can mock curry abalone or 1 cup seitan or firm tofu cubed (I used Quorn Chik'n Tenders)
2 tbsp agave nectar
6 dried shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1 14 oz can lite coconut milk
2 cans water (use coconut milk can)
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/3 lb rice noodles, broken
Fresh Thai basil, scallions, or cilantro for garnish (I used cilantro)\
Saute onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and ginger in oil on medium heat until soft. Add hot-and-sour paste and saute a few minutes until combined. Add protein, agave, and mushrooms, saute for a few more minutes, then toss in the coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil and add the lime juice.
Add noodles. Stir well and turn heat down to low. Cook on low until noodles are soft, about 15 minutes. Careful to not overcook.
Garnish with Thai basil, chopped scallions, or cilantro.
This soup was so fresh and refreshing. It felt like a major indulgence. This is most definitely a keeper recipe.
Hot and sour paste, eh? Where did you find that? This sounds souuuper tasty. :)ReplyDelete
Mmmmm...that soup looks absolutely delicious, Heather!!ReplyDelete
Isn't it crazy how much the sun can affect our mood in the morning? It's so much easier to get up and greet the day when it's nice outside! That coconut soup looks so delicious! I'm loving the vegan- friendly recipe!ReplyDelete
Wow. Your soup combines so many things I love. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
oooo I love coconut milk in soups! This looks very tasty.ReplyDelete
I love easy soups that you can make from scratch the same day you want to eat them! Some soups and stews take a mighty long time....
Sarah @ The Ordinary Vegetarian Just read the label on the Tom Yum. Some are made with dried shrimp and/or added MSG.ReplyDelete
Hey Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg the soup was soooo good. It was really refreshing, but the coconut milk made it a little creamy. I felt like it was a major indulgence even though it wasn't. Or maybe it was - I did have 2 bowls!
Jenna @ Health and Happiness it really is amazing how much the weather affects us. This time of year can be so hard when it gets dreary and cold. Soup is such a great comfort food though.ReplyDelete
Kris | iheartwellness This soup was so good. I too love fast soups. I liked being able to substitute my choice of protein as well. The lime juice really brightens the whole dish.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Jasmine @ Eat Move Write ! Your 5-Alarm Curry sounds pretty good too!!ReplyDelete
Soup looks great; I love coconut soup! And nothing beats a good (bad) pizza lunch :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Matt (No Meat Athlete) ! I'm not a coconut fan even, but love the use of it in soups (I do use the lite version of course). BTW - your sorbet looks fantastic.ReplyDelete