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Stuffed Cucumber Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 lb ground pork (or veal)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon Thai Fish Sauce* (Nam Pla)
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro (also -called Chinese parsley)
8 ea green onions, white part and 2″ of green tops
1 can of boiled quail eggs*, drained and rinsed with fresh tap water
4 ea cucumbers (about 8″ long)
2 qt chicken stock

*Available in Asian markets

Instructions:

Select cucumbers which are 7 to 8 inches long, but as small around as you can get. Peel the cucumbers and then slice each across into four equal pieces. Using a small spoon scoop out the seeds being careful to leave a “bottom” in each piece.

Preparing the meat stuffing:

Combine the ground pork, garlic, ginger, cilantro, 4 of the green onions, and fish sauce. Make a small ball of the mixture and microwave for about a minute to cook thoroughly. Taste for seasoning, and correct if needed.

Using your fingers stuff the meat mixture into the cucumbers (stick a toothpick through the side of the cucumber and into the meat to hold it in place while it cooks) in the hot chicken stock.

Cook about 15 minutes and add the 4 remaining green onions cut in 2″ lengths, and the canned quail eggs.

Cook another 5 minutes and serve immediately.

Note: If you can manage to keep the soup just barely below the boil your finished soup will be very clear.


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Vegetable Confetti Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium onions; minced
2 large trimmed fennel bulbs – cut into 1/3-inch dice
10 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 large red pepper – cut into 1/3-inch dice
2 medium zucchini- cut into 1/3-inch dice
12 large mushrooms – trimmed, quartered
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Grated imported parmesan – for serving

Instructions:

Heat oil in 6-Quart Pot. Add onions. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir often.

Add fennel, stock, tarragon, thyme. Bring to boil. Simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 20 minutes.

Add red pepper, zucchini and mushrooms. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes more.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Can be refrigerated as long as 4 days or frozen up to 3 months.

Serve hot, garnished with cheese.

Makes 14 Cups


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Vichyssoise Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 cup
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 large head cauliflower
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
White pepper
Snipped chives
Snipped dill

Optional: 2 teaspoons curry powder.

Instructions:

Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the chopped onion. Cook, stirring from time to time, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. (Optional: Add curry powder for a lively version)

Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower into small pieces about the size of croutons. Add the cauliflower to the broth, cover, and cook until tender, from 5 to 10 minutes.

Puree the soup in the blender in 2 batches. Let cool for 1/2 hour, then add the cream, whisking in. Add white pepper to taste.

Chill for at least 2 hours, blend again before serving, and add a grind of white pepper and a scatter of herbs on each bowl.

Tastes amazing like potato vichyssoise.

Carbs: 3.7 gram per serving. Serves 6


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Avocado Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 large cucumbers
3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon tabasco (or more to taste)
1/4 cup firmly packed cilantro
Juice of one medium lime
2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon salt – or to taste
6 or 8 green onions including green tops
cilantro sprigs

Instructions:

Cut one cucumber into chunks and process with 2 cups of the broth, cilantro, lime juice, salt and Tabasco.

Pit, peel and chop avocados. Process with pureed mixture and add the third cup of broth.

Process briefly to coarsely puree the avocado, leaving some chunks.

Chill at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, dice the green onions, and peel, seed and chop the second cucumber. Pour soup into bowls and garnish each with fresh cilantro sprigs.

Minced onion and diced cucumber on the side to add individually.


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Escarole Meatball Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
½ pound ground sirloin
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup pork rind “bread crumbs”
2 tablespoons minced parsley
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup minced onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups shredded escarole, rinsed and dried
4 cups chicken broth
Pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl combine the meat, half the cheese, the “bread crumbs”, parsley, salt, pepper, egg, and ½ cup of minced onion. Mix well with your hands and divide into little meatballs.

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the meatballs—half at a time—and sauté until they’re golden brown all over. Remove the meatballs to a plate.

Add the remaining olive oil to the pot along with the additional ¼ cup of onion and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Stir in the escarole, cover, and cook until it’s wilted, about 3 minutes.

Add the broth and the meatballs, bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for about 3 minutes.

Serve in warm soup plates, sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan and pepper flakes.

Carb Count: 2.6 carbs per serving. Serves 4.


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Seven Happiness Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
4 cup chicken Stock
1 slice ginger
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 cup shredded Chinese cabbage
1/3 cup coarsely chopped tofu
1/3 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup snow peas
1/3 cup slivered bamboo shoots
1/3 cup thin sliced water chestnuts
1/3 cup sliced carrots

Instructions:

Combine chicken stock, ginger and garlic. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove garlic and ginger.

Add remaining ingredients to flavored stock, simmer gently for 20 minutes.


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Chinese Five Spice Powder Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tspn Szechuan peppercorns
8 Star Anise
1/2 tspn ground cloves
1 tbspn ground cinnamon
1 tbspn ground fennel seeds

Instructions:

In a dry skillet, roast 2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns by shaking the pan over low to medium heat until the aroma of the peppercorns is released (about three minutes).

Grind the roasted peppercorns and 8 star anise in a blender or pepper mill.

Strain the blended seasonings.

Mix in 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds.

Grind the seasonings until very fine.

Store in an airtight container.


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Tilapia Puttanesca Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh or frozen skinless tilapia fillets
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 medium red onion, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves-garlic, minced
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata or mixed olives
1 tablespoon capers, drained (optional)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh italian (flat-leaf)parsley

Instructions:

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle fish with the salt, set aside.

In a large skillet cook onion in oil over medium heat about 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic, tomatoes, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes.

Add olives and capers to sauce. Top with tilapia fillets. Return sauce to boiling. Reduce heat. Cook covered, for 6-10 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.

Remove fish to a serving platter. Simmer sauce, uncovered for 1 to 2 minutes more until thickened.

To serve, spoon sauce over fish. sprinkle with parsley.

Carbs per serving: 8 g. Servings: 4 – 4 ounce fish and about 1/2 cup sauce each.


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Tuna Fish Canapes Recipe

Ingredients:
1 can (6 ounces) solid white albacore tuna, water-packed
2 teaspoons minced onion
3 drops lemon juice
1/2 cup minced celery
1/4 cup minced red pepper
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 1/2 tablespoons light sour cream
Cucumber slices and celery pieces

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except cucumber slices and celery pieces. Refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.

Spread mixture on cucumber slices and use as a stuffing for the celery.


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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound large shrimp shelled, deveined
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 large garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 pinch dried hot red-pepper flakes
Salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat butter and oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until foam subsides. Add garlic, parsley, lemon juice, wine, pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 3 minutes.

Add shrimp to skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, until shrimp are pink. Remove from the heat. Place shrimp on a serving plate and pour sauce from the skillet over them. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.


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