Foodie Friday: Faux Pho

I spontaneously bought these crazy purple rice ramen noodles without really thinking about what I would make them with.  So last weekend I decided to get ambitious and try making “homemade” pho.  

Calling this homemade is a bit of a stretch because I found a great pho broth at Whole Foods that simplified the whole process.  

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Crazy ramen + pho starter

The end result was pretty good, although I would recommend just using plain rice noodles instead of the rice ramen that I used.  The ramen turned the broth purple, so that was an interesting development.  

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Yes, the pho pairs nicely with a glass of Malbec.

Lazy Vegetarian Pho Ingredients:

32 oz. of vegetarian pho starter

Ramen or rice noodles

1 small package of portobella mushrooms (or shitake if you feel like splurging on them)

2 jalapenos

1 bunch of cilantro

1 small package of bean sprouts

2 limes

Margarine or butter

1/2 lemon

To Make:

Wash all the produce and chop the mushrooms.  In a small pan, melt two or three tablespoons of margarine and then add the mushrooms and lemon juice.  Saute the mushrooms for 5 minutes or until done.   

In a medium sized pot, bring the soup starter/broth to a boil.  Add the cooked mushrooms and ramen/noodles.  My ramen took about 7 minutes to fully cook.

While the pho is cooking, prep jalapenos, cilntrao, bean sprouts, and lime on separate dish for garnishing.  You can add basil too, but our store was all out and I accidentally killed the basil we were growing in the backyard (gardening fail).

Once the noodles are done cooking, plate it up and enjoy!

7am:  spin class done, coffee acquired, Friday morning is a success. 

I didn’t feel well earlier in the week, so Tuesday and Wednesday workouts were skipped and I’m making up for it in the back half of the week. 

Ran 3 miles last night (with negative splits) and spotted the Roo multiple times. The Roo is a new shuttle in town that “hops” to various bars. The best part?  It has a massive kangaroo on top holding a martini glass. Normally, I’m partial to bar hopping on my bike, but now I’m pretty excited to take a ride on the Roo. :)

Happy Friday!

7am: spin class done, coffee acquired, Friday morning is a success.

I didn’t feel well earlier in the week, so Tuesday and Wednesday workouts were skipped and I’m making up for it in the back half of the week.

Ran 3 miles last night (with negative splits) and spotted the Roo multiple times. The Roo is a new shuttle in town that “hops” to various bars. The best part? It has a massive kangaroo on top holding a martini glass. Normally, I’m partial to bar hopping on my bike, but now I’m pretty excited to take a ride on the Roo. :)

Happy Friday!

New snacks!  I really don’t care for Gu, but I am excited to try the salted watermelon on my long run this weekend (except the fact that it’s co-branded with Rock n Roll- yuck).  

Speaking of, this long run is a logistical nightmare.  I would really like 18 miles, but I’m racing a 10K on Sunday which leaves me tacking on miles after the race. To make matters worse, I need to be done by 10:30am. 

Marathon training:  90% logistics, 10% execution 

I’ll count anything over 14 miles as a win this week.

New snacks! I really don’t care for Gu, but I am excited to try the salted watermelon on my long run this weekend (except the fact that it’s co-branded with Rock n Roll- yuck).

Speaking of, this long run is a logistical nightmare. I would really like 18 miles, but I’m racing a 10K on Sunday which leaves me tacking on miles after the race. To make matters worse, I need to be done by 10:30am.

Marathon training: 90% logistics, 10% execution

I’ll count anything over 14 miles as a win this week.