Monday, April 4, 2011


The boy and I have been focusing on eating healthy recently. Somewhere between our dietetic Ray's Hell Burger and my butter and sugar filled banana bread, this ACTUALLY healthy pho was thrown in. With around 400 calories and 4 types of veggies, this pho would make your mother proud.

Oh, and it's filling and yummy too!
Pho- adapted from Self

Makes 4 servings


  • 6 oz rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas, ends trimmed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • Chinese 5 spice powder to taste (~3/4 teaspoon)
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (~2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 sprigs basil
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


  1. Boil noodles in salted water for 3 minutes. Place snowpeas and carrots in a colander; drain noodles over them; rinse; divide among 4 bowls. Top with bean sprouts.
  2. Bring broth to boil with Chinese 5 spice powder. Reduce heat to medium; add chicken; simmer 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls; top with remaining ingredients.


Meaghan Luby said...

even tho the photos wouldn't load for me, looks amazing! ha. where does one get 5 spice? anyway, thanks for sharing :)

Tart Reform said...

Sorry the pictures aren't working. I will look into that.

I just got the 5 spice at my local grocery store next to the regular mccormick spices, but you can also find it online: