metabolic balance Monday Recipe – Turkey Pho Soup for Two

Turkey Pho for 2


  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1cinnamon stick
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the coriander seeds, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick and toast until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Immediately spoon out the spices into a bowl to avoid burning them and set aside. Do not add any liquids to the pan. this process is done in a dry pan.


  • Sriracha chili sauce to taste
  • 1-2tablespoons chopped green onions (white parts only), minced- for garnish (optional)
  • 1-2tablespoons cilantro, chopped- for garnish (optional)
  • 1bunch (approx. 2 oz.) cellophane/bean thread noodles (or enough flat dried rice noodles to serve 2) (If you are going to use these, you will have 2 proteins and this will be a treat meal. You can skip the Turkey and substitute vegetable broth to stay on plan.
  • 1/2pound leftover turkey breast, shredded
  • 1-2cups kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 13-inch chunk of ginger, sliced and smashed with side of knife
  • 1bunch green onions (green top parts only) chopped
  • 1quart homemade turkey stock (or homemade or store-bought chicken stock)


  • In a large pot, add spices and all ingredients from the stock and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Strain the broth and discard the solids. Add the kale and cook for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add the shredded turkey and the cellophane noodles. Allow to sit for a few minutes while the noodles soften.
  • Ladle the broth into bowls.
  • Divide the kale, shredded turkey and the noodles evenly into each bowl.
  • Add garnishes and serve.

NOTE:  I left the inspiration recipe ingredient amounts today because the recipe is for two and if you use the fish sauce and brown sugar, you will be considering this meal a treat meal.  For metabolic balance, you will need to weigh all the vegetables together and avoid more than one protein to make sure it fits your plan. I removed the fish sauce and brown sugar above (1TBSP fish sauce/ 1Tsp brown sugar) but if you are making this a treat meal, you can add them back in.  According to the reviews, this recipe needs the right broth to be “authentic.” 

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