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Not Chick’n Noodle Soup & a Hot Toddy!

Having been born and raised in Chicago, I know it’s only a matter of time before I catch a cold during the fall or winter. I have made it a point to get a flu shot every year since my oldest niece was born, and I either end up with a really violent flu about two weeks after getting the shot or I am in the clear. I got this season’s flu shot a month ago, so my educated guess is that I will not the flu. However, I cannot escape the cold!

It’s not completely unexpected: I was the one idiot in Chicago who wasn’t wearing socks while walking outside yesterday. And then, today, when I couldn’t concentrate and was trying to stay awake at work, I came up with the genius idea to get some fresh air — in the balmy 43 degree weather.

The point is, I feel like total poop right now. I’m sneezing, my nose is running, I’m chilly and achy (uh oh, I hope my flu theory doesn’t get debunked), and I’m exhausted. My body absolutely wants to shut down. My appetite has also been measly all day, but I had to eat something, so I made a really basic Not Chick’n Noodle Soup for dinner.

It doesn’t look like much, and that’s because it isn’t much:

1 cube Edward & Sons Not Chick’n bouillon
2 cups warm water
1 8oz package of traditional Shirataki Noodles
salt and pepper, to taste

I put the water and bouillon in a medium sized pot and let it sit while I drained and rinsed the noodles. I started heating the water and this helped to fully dissolve the bouillon cube. Once it was boiling, I added the noodles, brought it back to a boil and let it cook for about 3 minutes.

This is actually the first time I tried Shirataki noodles! I liked them a lot and I love that the traditional version, made with white yam, is soy-free and has zero calories (along with being gluten-free and vegan).

You can definitely add more to this, but I was really in need of a bare bones broth and noodle dish with little embellishment. I was worried that it would be bland, but it was perfect as-is with just a tiny bit of salt and pepper.

Before going to bed, I definitely wanted to warm up with some hot tea. Why not add some spirit to the mix? I didn’t have whiskey so I used rum for this particular hot toddy. I started with a cup of hot ginger water, but you can start with any tea. I added some agave nectar to sweeten it, and then added just about a tbsp of rum. That isn’t a lot of rum, but I wanted to be pleasantly relaxed, not buzzed.

What vegan cold remedies do you use? –Melissa

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Experimental pho is quick and dirty photastic!

A few days ago LuminousVegans posted some Vietnamese pho that got me thinking I should try to make my own. I started by slicing up some ginger, turmeric, garlic and the end of a stick of cinnamon.

I put that in about a quart of water with some veggie beef bouillon (this particular brand is AMAZING and very “beefy”!), a dash of hoisin sauce, a dash of tamari and the ends of this lemon. I also sliced half an onion into rings and added that too.


I simmered them while I took a shower. Then I picked out the cinnamon stick and lemon peel (the ginger and turmeric should have gone too, but no matter) and then I poured it over some tofu noodles that I parboiled. These noodles are gluten-free, low calorie, and vegan. Nom? I think so.

I garnished it with some cilantro, lemon grass and chili paste after squeezing 1/4 of a lemon over it.

Next time I’ll probably add some fried tofu or soy curls. Overall it wasn’t a bad effort, especially for something quick and dirty like I made. It had the stereotypically aromatic broth, noodles, lemony goodness and spicy chili. It reminded me of some pho I had in New York City over New Year’s Eve break. Let me know if you try it and come up with some improvements.

This is Christie, signing off.

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