Magic Soup

The first thing you should know about me:

1. I do not like soup

I just never have! And you’re probably thinking….

“But the title of this post is ‘magic soup’? I don’t get it?”

So yes, I really don’t like soup, but when I’m not feeling great and can’t breathe, I turn to the power and magic of Pho.

My particular favorite is chicken pho {aka pho ga}. If you’re not familiar with this soup, it’s essentially like a spicy asian version of chicken noodle soup. I tend to go to a little hole in the wall restaurant, get the soup to-go, and layer the provided ingredients together at home.

I honestly think that is part of the draw of this soup! #someassemblyrequired

Here’s how I put my soup together:

First, I get the cutest soup bowl I could find…

Pho 1 …and add the sliced chicken sprinkled with herbs and thin onions

Pho 2 put a big pile of rice noodles on top

Pho 3 add some basil, jalapeños, and bean sprouts

Pho 4 a splash of lime

Pho 5 and a dash of the spicy paste.

That spice really opens up your sinuses. {when you are sick, that is GREATLY appreciated}

Pho 6 Then finally add the “magic” broth

It’s definitely the broth the holds the magic of the soup. It is a beef broth infused with fresh herbs and simmered for HOURS. This soup always makes me feel better.

Today, I got my soup from a local Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Nam. It’s a little family run business in Cornelius, NC that has been going strong for 8 years. I LOVE supporting local restaurants, especially ones who consistently deliver delicious, made-from-scratch meals.

And YES! All of those soup additions come standard = layers of flavor! I just mix everything together and eat!

Pho 7

Question of the Day:

What is your go-to meal when you are sick?

Banana Oat Muffins

I’m *finally* back with a recipe!  Banana Oat Muffins 1

Since Marshall and I have moved up north to the Davidson area [while our new house is being renovated], I’ve had to do a lot more meal planning and packing my lunches. There are days when I have to leave the house at 6 am, and don’t get home until 7:30 pm…. a very long day indeed.

I was pretty good at packing my lunches, but the one thing I always had trouble with was SNACKS!

I needed the snacks to be portable, room temperature stable, and {of course} tasty!

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These muffins fit the bill perfectly! I made an initial test batch, but I wasn’t happy with the result… (too dry). But after a little experimenting with the recipe and technique, a moist and delicious muffin was born.

At about 110 calories per muffin it is a very filling, fiber rich mid-morning or afternoon snack!

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Banana Oat Muffins

Print this recipe!

Yield: 18 muffins


  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (preferably vanilla)
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with liners and spray liners lightly with coconut oil spray.

In a blender, place all ingredients, except for baking powder and baking soda, in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

Finally, add in the baking power and baking soda, and pulse batter an additional 2 – 4 times.

Pour batter into the prepared liners about 2/3 of the way full.

Bake for 9 – 11 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out {mostly} clean.

*Important* do not over bake!

Adapted from Toned and Fit

Nutrition per 1 muffin

  • 110 calories – 19 g carbs – 4 g protein – 2 g fat

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