Cabbage Rice Soup


This is something I kind of threw together haphazardly and it actually came out pretty well (meaning this is not really a recipe). These are a lot of intense flavors so I would suggest tasting the broth as you go and adding or adjusting as you see fit. Cabbage, as I’ve noted in other blogs, is a beautiful thing because it is cheap, healthy, versatile, tasty AND it lasts a long time so if life happens and you don’t end up eating at home for 5 days (god forbid), your cabbage will still be there. This makes a lot, which is A-okay because it just gets better as the flavors develop through the week. It would be great served with a poached or soft boiled egg on top. It would also be great with some mushrooms or other sauteed veggies in there but it’s also kind of beautiful in its simplicity. Rock on, cabbage.

  • 1 medium sized green cabbage
  • 1 few squirts of sriracha plus more for serving
  • a couple handfuls of rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp furikake
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or other kind of oil if you don’t have it)
  1. quarter the cabbage then chop/slice it into bite sized pieces
  2. mince garlic
  3. heat oil over medium-high heat in a big shallow pan with a lid, and saute the garlic
  4. add in cabbage and cover with broth
  5. add soy sauce, ginger paste and sriracha and cover, turn down heat and let simmer for a while
  6. once cabbage starts to break down stir and add in rice and furikake and more liquid if need be (water or broth)
  7. continue stirring occasionally until rice is cooked through and you’ve got enough saucy cabbage to last a week!
  8. top with sriracha (optional, obviously) and a sprinkle of furikake

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Chicken and Veggie Jade Rice Bowl with Pineapple Glaze


You know how good teriyaki* chicken is? This is better. Cooking down a quart of pineapple juice creates an umami flavor that will bring your rice bowls to a whole new level and also knock your socks off, so be careful.

*who just learned how to spell teriyaki? I did.

  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • a little bit of chili flakes (spice up your life..if you’d like)
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 1/2 large bok choy. or 1 smaller one, you decide. it’s your life.
  • 7 broccoli florets
  • 2 fresno chilis. or other kind of red mystery chili your mom brings you from her garden
  • 1 green bell (pepper)
  • some coconut oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground aji amarillo
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp (each) salt/pepper
  • 1 cup green jade rice (dry) – or other rice if you don’t have jade rice but it’s pretty and they have it at Whole Foods
  • cilantro, for garnish

serves 2

  1. pre-heat oven to 350° F
  2. in a medium-small sized sauce pan, add pineapple juice, sriracha, chili flakes, soy sauce and a pat of butter
  3. reduce this mixture a little more than half, over medium heat. this will take about an hour…the slower the better
  4. cut carrots, bok choy and green bell pepper in half length-wise, cut florets off broccoli and slice chili in half and deseed. brush veggies with coconut oil and roast at 350° F for 15 minutes
  5. dice chicken breast and season with all of the spices (dry rub)
  6. in a medium sized pot bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil then add 1 cup rice and bring to simmer and cook for 20 minutes
  7. heat coconut oil in a skillet, brown chicken over medium heat until cooked through
  8. when chicken is cooked, lower heat and add some of the pineapple reduction in and stir until well glazed
  9. in bowls serve rice, veggies and chicken and garnish to your hearts content

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Veggy and Shrimp Stir Fry

summer bulgur-heirloom tomato salad

  • 1 small head broccoli
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 small bok choys
  • 1 box crimini mushrooms
  • 10 green beans
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 10 shrimps
  • 2 tsp red chili flakes
  • generous squirts sriracha
  • 1 tbsp chicken broth
  1. in a frying pan or wok (ideally) add sesame seed oil, garlic and red chili flakes over medium high heat
  2. cut florets off of the broccoli and cut the tips of the green beans off then cut the beans into bite size pieces, clean the mushrooms and quarter them
  3. clean bok choy and slice off the bottom couple of centimeters, add to pan
  4. add chicken broth, apple cider vinegar and fish sauce and use tongs to turn constantly for a minute, remove bok choy from pan
  5. add broccoli and green beans to the pan and let cook on medium high heat for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. remove and add mushrooms, sriracha, soy sauce and maybe a sprinkle more chili flakes, turn mushrooms with tongs until coated and cooked, about 2 minutes
  7. remove and add shrimp to pan. turn each shrimp once the underside turns pink and cook until white/pink throughout
  8. serve everything together with noodles or rice or on it’s own


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