I recently took on a client who’s into competitive body building. She needs a diet that’s high in protein, and seriously low on carbs, fat, calories and sodium. She’s also a self-employed, time-stressed, overworked single mom with zero time to cook. This dish is the perfect lunch for her busy schedule.
Sayur Bening Bayam (Indonesian Spinach, Carrot & Tomato Soup)
2/3T coconut oil
1 1/3 medium shallots, chopped
1C chicken stock, low-sodium
1C beef stock, low-sodium
2C water, more if needed
2″ piece ginger root, peeled, sliced in planks, crushed
2/3lb carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
2/3lb tomato, coarsely chopped
2/3lb spinach, fresh, washed, chopped
1 1/3t fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2/3lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, poached, shredded*
In a good-size stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add shallots, cook until softened (aka “sweat” the shallots), about 4 minutes. Add the broths, water, ginger, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low, simmer until fragrant, about 6 minutes.
Add the carrots and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the ginger planks, add tomatoes, return to a simmer. Add spinach, chicken. Remove from heat when the spinach is bright green. Stir in the fish sauce, taste. Add salt and pepper, taste, adjust.
Calories: 223, satfat: 3.37, sodium: 293, carbs: 24.94, protein: 23.04
*Note: the chicken is not part of the original recipe, added here to increase the protein.