Spicy Ginger Beef & Rice Soup with Lime
Canola oil is the healthiest vegetable oil. It has no trans fats and the lowest saturated fat level of any commonly used vegetable oil.
- 3 to 4 medium green onions
- 3 cups reserved cooked medium or long grain rice 750 mL
- 2 (14oz/400g) cans reduced sodium beef broth
- 4 cups reserved ginger beef stir fry 1 L
- 1 1/2 Tbsp grated ginger root 20 mL
- 1/8 tsp dried red pepper flakes .5 mL
- 1 medium lime, cut in wedges
- 1. Thinly slice white parts of onions and set aside. Diagonally slice green tops of onions and set aside in separate bowl.
- 2. Place rice in microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup (50 mL) water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high 2 minutes or until heated through.
- 3. In large saucepan, bring broth to boil over high heat. Add stir fry mixture, white part of onions, ginger and pepper flakes. Return to boil and then remove from heat.
- 4. Spoon equal amounts of soup into four bowls, mound 3/4 cup (175 mL) rice in center of each bowl and top with sliced onion greens. Serve with lime wedges.
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