Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gluten Free Japanese Steakhouse Soup

Happy Thursday friends!

Is it just me or has this week been flying by? I can’t believe today is Thursday, and I definitely can’t believe it’s the last day of July. I swear I’m still stuck back in February.

In the first weeks of my pregnancy time seemed to move so slowly. But since Week 12, the past two weeks have been WAY too fast! Hard to believe I’m at 14 weeks today. Thank you all SO much for your sweet emails and comments on my first trimester post. Good to know I’m not the only one that has suffered – good thing it’s worth it!

I definitely wouldn’t blame food cravings on pregnancy for me. I have always been prone to cravings. I’ve been known to eat the exact same supper three nights in a row!

This past week I had a particularly strong craving for that appetizer soup that Japanese Steakhouses serve. I could not get it out of my head! You know the broth with mushroom and scallion? It’s so crazy simple and I have not been able to stop thinking about it!

So last night I tried my hand on making a batch at home with a few tweaks to take it from appetizer to main course:

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This definitely is not a recipe that I’m ready to share. It took so many tweaks to get it to where I wanted it to be, so I will have to try again before I pass it on. But what I ended up with was exactly what I wanted!

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Garlic, Tamari, and Toasted Sesame Oil set the base for the flavors. I sautéed my mushrooms first (in butter) and caramelized them. I just love sautéed mushrooms. Thank you Julia Child!

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I also sautéed the spinach in sesame oil before adding it to the soup, and I will definitely do that again! Plus I will add more spinach. That was my favorite bite every time.

Grilled tofu and gluten free stir fry noodles added some staying power. Two bowls and I was happily full….at least for a few hours!

If you want to try to make a similar soup at home, just google Asian Mushroom Noodle Soup. There are tons of recipes out there, and they can all easily be made gluten free. Hopefully I’ll have my version read for you soon.

Thank goodness for tamari, right?! I love it!

What about you? Had any food cravings lately?