We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.
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Hi Aunt Nettie,
I'm looking for a great main dish that doesn't have tons of calories. During this last holiday season I put on six pounds, yuk, and have absolutely got to take them off-plus a few more. Please help me out! If you have any really filling and healthy recipes I really need them.
Howdy there Anita,
Well, darlin', I kin hear yer frettin' an' I'm gonna help y'all with a mighty tasty soup recipe that's chock full o' deelicious vegetables, them wheat an' buckwheat noodles called soba, an' some tofu. It's easy fixin's an' the recipe makes a whoppin' potful.
It's the purfect soup fer after them holidays when all's ya do is eat more than yer share o' rich foods an' sometimes even things that's pure rubbish. Now, this is a wonderful soup that oughter make ya feel mighty fine--nice an' warm, too.
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
There's something magic in a bowl of soup that enables it to practically reach into the depths of the soul. Soup can satisfy like nothing else can. And soup aficionados will tell you there are defining qualities that pit the thick soup lovers against the light broth fanciers. Here's a delicious Asian style noodle soup that falls neatly into the broth niche while offering relief to the soul searching for a hearty meal. And, this soup is calorie light.
SHANGHAI TOFU SOUP
(Tofu Miso Vegetable Noodle Soup)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 stick cinnamon
2 whole star anise (optional)
1 bay leaf
1 cup (240 ml) sliced button mushrooms
5 fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced, stems discarded
1 cup (240 ml) chopped, peeled daikon radish
2 stalks celery, sliced, including leaves
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 broccoli crown, chopped
2 to 3 leaves Napa cabbage, sliced
4 to 5 cups (1 to 1.25 liters) water
1/4 pound (113 g) bean sprouts
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.