I had a really neat thing happen to me on Tuesday.
I haven’t yet shared that I’m filling in a few days a month at my old dialysis unit, but I am. And I was there this week on Tuesday.
Anyways, I was standing at the chart rack charting away on a patient I had just spoken with when the nurse practitioner walks up and says, “I didn’t know you were a writer, Nicole!”
I gave him one seriously confused look and had to stop to think.
My first thought was my thesis. Bonk.
He goes on to explain, “My wife is OBSESSED with food blogs and she was looking through some the other day when your blog popped up…I recognized your photo in the right-hand corner. She said you worked at a dialysis unit…in Columbus…and I just knew it was you!”
If that’s the closest I ever get to “fame”, I’m okay with it. Because that was so…cool. I’ve been riding high all week! Who knew the internet was so big and yet so very, very small?
Anyhoodles. Food. Soup. Yes, please!
If I’m being perfectly honest, I decided to make this recipe because of what I had on hand. Long ago, I purchase red curry paste. It’s easy to find in the ethnic foods aisle of grocers, and it’s not expensive…but, I never used it a second time. After traveling to Thailand last summer, I fell in love with lemongrass. Now when I see lemongrass (usually at Whole Foods or Meijer), I have to pick some up. I wrap it up in plastic wrap and freeze it until I need it. Which, this so happens to be the first (second?) recipe I’ve used lemongrass in…and I have 6 more stalks in my freezer.
I like to think collecting odd-ball ingredients and hoarding them suffices as a hobby. Because, um, I really enjoy it!
Rockin Red Curry Shrimp Soup slightly adapted from Nutritionella
1 Tbsp peanut oil 3 Tbsp red curry paste 1 (13.5 oz) can light coconut milk 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 stalk (6-inches) lemongrass 3 serrano peppers, pierced with a fork 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 5 oz thin noodles (I used vermicelli…but angel hair, udon, or soba noodles will work great) 1 bunch bok choy, leaves removed and sliced into thin sticks 1lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lime, cut into quarters 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
Heat peanut oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Mash red curry paste into hot oil until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in coconut milk, chicken stock, and brown sugar. Add crushed lemongrass stalk and serrano peppers. Increase heat to medium-high, bring to a boil. Add potato and noodles. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add baby bok choy, cooking for 5 more minutes.
Add shrimp and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until no longer opaque. Remove lemongrass and serranos from soup. Serve garnished with cilantro and lime wedge.
Yield: 4 servings (about 2 cups each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 415 calories; 12.5 g. fat; 150 mg. cholesterol; 332 mg. sodium; 42 g. carbohydrate; 2.8 g. fiber; 30.5 g. protein
Result: This was a flavorful, filling soup with a touch of sweetness and a touch of spiciness (but doable for the heat weenies, too!). This meal comes together in about 25 minutes and is full of protein, making it more substantial than some soups. Mr. Prevention could detect the coconut in this dish (oops), so he wasn’t the biggest fan. I, however, loved it! Enjoy!
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Workout, clinic, teach. Is it the weekend yet?!