When The Temperature Drops…Strip Down

When it gets cold who doesn’t  want to stay warm? Better yet who doesn’t want to stay warm while eating something yummy?

Besides being a real-life Elmyra from Animaniacs my gf Melissa loves to make soup when it gets cold.

We had one of those rare SoCal days where it got “cold” so Mel broke out the soup pot and whipped up this Stripped Down Wonton Soup from Tosca Reno.

This is a super tasty soup that gets its name because their are no Wonton wrappers used, which makes it super easy.

Here’s your shopping list:

-8 cups lo-sodium chicken broth

-1 tb thin sliced ginger

-2 cloves thin sliced garlic

-1 whole star anise

-1 bunch green onions chopped. Separate green parts from white parts.

-1 tsp sea salt

-1 lb lean ground chicken

-1 tb  lo sodium tamari

-1 tsp sesame oil

-1/4 tsp chinese five spice

-1/4 tsp black pepper

-4 baby bok choy cut in half length wise

-chili paste (optional, but the spicier the better)

Let’s work:

  1. Grab a big soup pot and pour the chicken stock in it. Along with the star anise, ginger, and green onion pieces (use half the portion of green bits and save the other half of the green bits for step 2. Oh and don’t forget to put all the white bits in the pot) then let it boil. Drop the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes then strain the broth to remove the veggies and spices. Return the strained broth to the pot with the heat on low and season with the sea salt.
  2. In a large bowl mix the chicken, tamari, sesame oil, five spice, salt and pepper and remaining half of green onions. Mix everything together well.
  3. Raise the temperature of your strained broth until it gets to a brisk simmer. Grab a spoon and scoop up golf ball sized meatballs of the ground chicken mix and add them to your simmering broth. They should be cooked through in about 8-10 minutes. Take the baby bok choy you cut in half lengthwise and place it on top of your meatballs (be sure the cut side is down). Put a lid on it and let everything steam for about a minute.
  4. Grab a bowl, dish up some soup and garnish with some remaining green onion pieces and chili paste (if you like it with a kick). You should get four servings out of this.

Now for my OCD peeps…

One bowl with about 2 cups of broth, 6 meatballs, and 1 baby bok choy will give you:

  • 233 calories, 79 from fat
  • 28-29 grams of protein
  • 11 grams of carbs
  • 9 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 trans fat
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 901 mg sodium
  • 99 mgl cholesterol
  • 3 grams sugar

This soup is really easy to make, and it’s surprisingly filling, not to mention clean. Let me know how you liked this soup in the comments section down below.

John

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