It may be getting warm outside, but I'm a year-round soup lover. I'm not one to quit on soup 6 months of the year just because the weather changes, no sir! In fact, in this week's meal plan I prepare one of my favorite soup recipes with a slight twist (hello, fennel!) and pair it with a crisp and bright side salad. While soup may be warm and cozy, this meal overall feels fresh and light, which is perfect for our springtime stomachs (ahem, and diets, you know, if you are into that kind of thing.) So whatever your weather this week, or this month as spring bursts to life, enjoy the goodness of this soup and salad supper.
Here is a recipe I like to whip up when I want to cook something fast and simple, using only ingredients I already have on hand in my pantry. Further proof that a well-stocked pantry can make dinner effortless! (More on investing in your pantry to come in a future post!)
While the pasta and the peanut butter are more common, every-household items (most likely) the Asian ingredients may be a bit more uncommon, but the beauty of buying them once is that you can get multiple meals out of that initial investment. In fact, if you cooked my Hoisin Salmon meal I shared back in February, you just might have a few of these ingredients on hand already! How cool is that?!
My other favorite thing about this recipe, aside from it's speed and ingredients, is it's flexibility. You can switch up the toppings based on what you already have or what you are willing to stop at the grocery store for. I include a bunch of suggestions in the ingredient list, but ultimately the choice is yours. While I prefer this dish vegetarian for a perfect Meatless Monday treat, if you want to top it off with shredded chicken or seared shrimp, by all means, have your way with it! And if you are cooking for a family, make the toppings a "build-your-own" option for customization that will make every diner happy.
Hi! I'm Emily, and this is the official blog of Guest Chef, my personal chef and catering business serving Metro Detroit. As much as I love to cook for people, I also love inspiring others to cook great food for themselves and their friends and family. Which is why I share recipes, tips and inspiration here. Follow along and let's cook something great together!