My favorite comfort food is a giant bowl of pho. Honestly, I could eat this soup in 100 degree weather, it’s that good (or I’m just weird). Healthy easy pho is now a staple in our weeknight meal rotation.
The great thing about making homemade pho is that you can adjust the portion sizes of the ingredients you add in. It’s easy to get a couple servings of vegetables in with just the toppings alone! Portion the rice noodles, use a lean protein and you have a balanced meal!
Get creative with this recipe. You may like using different veggies and herbs or spices–it’s fun to experiment with different broths too! I’m still working on my chopsticks ability, but I love the experience of eating pho!
Homemade Pho Nutrition Info:
Bone Broth: I love using chicken bone broth with onion, a little vinegar and rosemary. It’s a savory broth full of naturally occurring protein. Bone broth is a delicious and satisfying addition to the pho recipe. The great thing about bone broth is that you can add whatever herbs and spices you like to customize it!
Chicken: A 4-ounce serving of grilled chicken breast, which is a little bigger than the palm of your hand, has 35 grams of protein. Chicken is also a great source of vitamins like thiamin, B6, and pantothenic acid, and minerals like iron, zinc, and copper. A lean cut of chicken (like a boneless skinless chicken breast) cooked in a healthier way (like grilled, or sautéed in a light amount of olive oil with light seasoning, like in recipe above) is a good choice if you’re looking for a healthy way to add meat to a meal.
Fresh Vegetables and Herbs: Common vegetables in pho include broccoli, bok choy, carrots, cilantro, onions, in the broth and traditional toppings include bean sprouds, green onions, Thai basil, mint, limes or jalapenos or Thai chilis.
If you are looking for a little bit lower carb, reduce your noodle portion! When I’m looking to eat less noodles, I’ll add more fresh vegetables or cooked vegetables, like broccoli or carrots, to still fill me up without all of the extra carbs.
Fresh herbs, such as cilantro, mint or Thai basil, deliver a small boost of vitamin A, and a squirt of fresh lime juice adds a bit of vitamin C. Skip the salty hot sauces and switch to fresh jalapeno or Thai chilis if you like it hot!
My next favorite soup recipe is Turmeric Chicken Vegetable, give it a try next!