Grilled kohlrabi – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

On Facebook, it was suggested that we try using Kohlrabi as a bread.  I liked this idea so over the weekend, I took a few kohlrabis and experimented with them to see if they would work as a bread substitute.

Below is what raw kohlrabi looks like as a whole vegetable and as raw slices.

Kohlrabi without leaves
Kohlrabi peeled – raw

The kohlrabi has a very mild taste and is crispy like a radish.  I really liked  eating the slices raw but could not see that working to replace bread so I decided to season and grill the pieces.

seasoned kohlrabi on the grill
grilled kohlrabi

The grilled kohlrabi tasted wonderful. I prepared a hummus to add on top but you could also try using two pieces of kohlrabi to make a small sandwich.

While I had the grill on, I grilled cauliflower slices but was not happy with the slices as a bread substitute.  The cauliflower tasted great but the florets fell off when I tried to move them around on the plate.

grilled cauliflower


Metabolic Balance® Tomato Soup


  • Roasted diced tomatoes & Leeks, white part only (Your portion size per serving)
  • Garlic, minced
  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken broth
  • Kosher salt, cilantro, white pepper


  1. Saute Leeks in broth and then add garlic.
  2. Sprinkle olive oil over tomatoes and roast them.
  3. Place roasted tomatoes into a pan and puree with a hand blender until smooth.
  4. Add leeks,garlic and vegetable stock.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Add seasoning.
  7. Puree soup with a hand blender until smooth or the consistency you want.

Note:  If you like your soup thicker, add less vegetable stock.

Note: You can make croutons with your Rye bread or bake Chickpea chips but remember chickpeas will be considered a protein. If you want to make the rye bread croutons, you could add a cheese to the soup for your protein or shred some chicken and throw it in your soup.

photo of leaves by Sonny Abesamis

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.”