Before we dive into anything recipe-related I must share…
Today, December 30th, is one of my favorite days ever! Why? Because it’s this guy’s birthday!
I’m so lucky to have such a supportive significant other — someone who motivates me to be the best version of myself every single damn day. Keep pushing my limits and keep me dreaming big. I promise to do the same for you. <3
My recent recipe development has been heavily influenced by what I’ve learned about Japanese food and culture. We can chalk that up to living with a Japanese S/O — oh, and binge watching Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown episodes where he says again and again, “Not many chefs can out-cook culinary masters of Japan” (or something of that nature). However, if my S/O and I hadn’t crossed paths, I do feel as though I would have eventually stumbled upon the delectable culinary creations of Japan. Not only are they tasty, but so good for you.
A couple of months back, I made Asian Beef Stew. On that day in particular, I was craving something my mom used to make when I was growing up. This past weekend, I was craving daikon and chicken soup. Weird, I know. What came about is my delicious Daikon Chicken Soup. It’s packed with greens (good for boosting immunities) and daikon/celery (inflammatory and aid digestion).
Daikon Chicken Soup
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- ½ lb skinless chicken breast/thighs/tenderloin, chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 Tbsp ginger, cut into strips
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 tbsp cooking sake
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 cups low sodium (organic) chicken broth*
- 1 cup daikon, sliced into half circles
- 1-2 cups snow/snap peas
- 2 cups spinach**
*Sub in vegetable broth if you don’t have (or don’t want) chicken broth
**Sub in kale, cabbage or other greens
- Heat sesame oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add ginger, garlic, celery and chicken. Sauté until the chicken is fully cooked.
- Add sake and soy sauce and cook for 1 minute. Then add broth, daikon and snow peas. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a simmer (covered) for 15-20 minutes or until daikon is soft..
- Finally, add your spinach and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot.
This is the PERFECT winter detox soup. It has lean protein, leafy greens and digestive aids. If you need something sinus clearing, add a little chili hot sauce or chili garlic paste. Warning: Nose dripping will commence. Eat this soup while it’s piping hot — you won’t regret it.