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R2R Soup #2

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My first "Refuse to Regain" soup -- the salmon, celery and tomato experiment -- was all gone yesterday. The R2R concept here: focusing on "primarian" foods compatible with our evolutionary history, pre-farming: so hunter/gatherer veggies, fruits and lean protein, but no grains or legumes.

Yesterday I tried a variant on an Asian chicken vegetable theme: no edamame or peanuts (to eliminate legumes) and no soba buckwheat or rice noodles or brown rice (to eliminate grains).

Just chicken and lots and lots of vegetables!

I made it simple and quick by using a 1.75 kg bag of frozen Asian veggies (the kind with green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms and water chestnuts, but no mini corn cobs: corn also being a grain).

Ingredients include: chicken broth; 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed; about an inch of fresh ginger root, grated; chile pepper flakes; Chinese five spice; a little low-sodium soya sauce (yup, I recognize that's a little legume sneaking in) ; the Asian veggies plus lots of baby bok choy; and lots of fresh cilantro, chopped.

Tastes just great -- really spicy. And the extra vegetables, so briefly cooked, provide lots of "body" and texture.

All an experiment -- at some point I'll be using up my pantry supplies of couscous and quinoa and whole grain spaghetti noodles and canned chickpeas and oatmeal -- but it's interesting! Changing it up, trying something new helps me sustain motivation.

[Another motivator . . . fashion finds. Bought off the sale rack for $10 yesterday: very dark burgundy velvet skinnies!! So soft and comfy! Next weekend I'll be putting away the white summer cottons . . . . ]


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TIFFANIE150 8/30/2013 10:34AM

    Feeling great in cute/sexy clothes really IS a motivator. It's one of my favorite!

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KALIGIRL 8/26/2013 10:06AM

    Interesting - I am just now adding the ancient grains to our diet (but I missed the 'healthy fat' discussion too)
My research into inflammatory foods shows the grains as inflammatory, but with more research touting the Mediterranean Diet, I have to believe cereals and pulse are important parts of our diet.

I'm @ the infant stage of replacing processed grains with the ancients and as you are, moving toward the basics; as noted in
06/gathering-wild-grains.html - finding those we gathered before we farmed them....

Will be interested to know if your new approach eases the pain in your hands.
Namaste my friend.

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PHEBESS 8/25/2013 11:44PM

    Wait, next week is fall? Already???

Soup sounds great, though!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/25/2013 9:22PM

    I'm happy you give us all the particulars about your soups -- I love soup and usually have a pot in my fridge, but your varieties are much more adventuresome than mine. I'll definitely be checking out these blogs again when I get home for "a little something different." So glad you have found a way to "mix it all up".

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DDOORN 8/25/2013 8:58PM

    Yum! I just love spicy soups that jazz up the tongue! :-)


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NANCY- 8/25/2013 1:51PM

    You are amazing!!! Love to hear all about your R2R soups. Such great inspiration.

Putting away the cottons.... I just turned on the A/C again... linen keeps me cool. However your new velvet skinnies sound so heavenly. Enjoy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/25/2013 9:52AM

    Just when I thought we were getting to soup weather, this heat wave has descended... but I'm saving soup as a tool for the weather ahead... it may have gone away for a week or two, but the cool will be back!


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KANOE10 8/25/2013 8:46AM

    Your burgundy skinnies sound fun..yes the mornings are getting cooler and I am going to start layering up. My morning walks are cooler.

Your soup sounds tasty..I love the bok choy. I will be curious to see how you feel with your no grain no legume approach. I still have one grain 3 or 4 times a week.

My son started law school. It is intense as I am sure you know!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for sharing your R2R soup.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/25/2013 8:36AM

    Soup sounds lovely. I'm also shaking up the menu plans and feel that it is helping. Haven't tried the paleo approach, but maybe I will sometime. I'll be interested to see what you think as you go on. After your pantry is empty of quinoa and oatmeal will you buy more?

Applaud the shopping. I found burgundy yesterday, too -- a pair of shorts for $8 that I love! Here we won't be putting away summer cottons -- we'll just add a jacket when needed probably in December. We'll see.

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