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New Year’s Resolution-Proof Vietnamese Pho

It’s that time again–the new year.  While many are still winding down from what has been described a terrible year, still many are looking forward now to 2017.  Perhaps you are one of the people who make at least one New Year’s resolution.  You’re probably one of the minority of people who keep their resolutions, too.  Not me.  Thus, I no longer make resolutions.  Besides, if I would have made any, I already made them in October.

Perhaps I should resolve to eat more of this…

But if I had made any New Year’s resolutions, this is what they would be:

Let’s be clear, though, these are not my resolutions.  They’re my goals.  Repeat after me: not.  resolutions.  (That should get me off the hook, right?)

New Year’s Resolution-Proof Vietnamese Pho

This is a carb-free and low-calorie tweak of pho.  Using spiralized zucchini and daikon in place of the traditional rice noodle, you cut the calories by almost 40%.  It doesn’t hurt that the broth takes only 30 minutes and requires no special equipment!

So healthy! I feel healthier just looking at it.

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Carb-Free Vietnamese Pho
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Add onion halves (cut side down) and ginger and broil for 5 minutes or until just a bit charred.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, and coriander. Toast for 1 minute over med-high heat, then add mushrooms, onion, and ginger. Saute for 4-5 min, then add broth and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 20 min.
  3. While the broth is cooking, prepare desired toppings and spiralize zucchini and daikon.
  4. Drain broth through a fine, mesh sieve into a large, heat-proof bowl. Set aside mushroom mixture.
  5. Add spiralized zucchini and daikon to a large serving bowl. Top with beef slices. Spoon broth over the "noodles", then add desired toppings (including mushroom mixture, if you like).
Recipe Notes

Some examples of toppings would be cilantro and/or basil, bean sprouts, chilis, scallions, Sriracha, and hoisin sauce.

I’d like to give a shout out to this adorable cat spoon which a lovely couple who I am friends with gifted to us for our wedding. I’m in love with this spoon.

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