My journey in switching over to a sugar-free lifestyle.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Lesson I Learned with Soba Noodles
One of my family's favorite meals that I make is homemade chicken noodle soup. It's not that difficult- I use Organic Better Than Bouillon (Reduced Sodium) Chicken Base, 2 1/2 quarts of water, carrots, onions, celery, chicken breast, and seasoning salt, and Country Pasta (a yummy egg noodle).
I realize that some might think these ingredients are too processed, but one step at a time, right? I have these in my cupboard & I'm going to use them up. Anyway, earlier in the week I decided to make this soup for my family, with a few adjustments for my diet. I started off with Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock, and added the vegetables & chicken as normal.
When the veggies were tender I took enough for me out of the pot & put them in a bowl. In a separate pan I boiled some Buckwheat Soba Noodles to add to my soup, while in the main pot I added more water and some of the OBTB Chicken Base. When it came back to a boil I added the Country pasta to their pot, while I added the soba noodles to my bowl when they were tender. We ate together as a family, basically eating the same meal. It was great!
Now, fast forward to Thursday. I had arranged a small luncheon for a few ladies in my home, and I decided to make the soup again since it worked so well before. I thought it would be nice that I wouldn't vary that much from what they were eating, so it wouldn't draw attention to myself.
This time I decided to save a step, and instead of boiling the soba noodles in a separate pot, I threw them in with my chicken broth & veggies, just like I do with the Country Pasta. Well, instead of cooking up nicely, it turned into a grey, gloppy mess.
I have no idea why the chicken stock & veggies caused such a reaction! What a change! And no, I didn't throw it out! Are you kidding? This one small pack of Soba Noodles cost a fortune! My kids said it looks like I'm eating prison food. Yuuuuummmm. Lesson learned: Cook Buckwheat Soba Noodles in water.