Lunchroom Talk/Hot & Sour Soup

From Vegetarian Times

Originally found at Vegetarian Times as a “Live Soup”.  I like mine heated in more ways than one.  It has been souped up, pardon the pun!

Ingredient List Serves  (8)

  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts or 1 can drained
  • 3 Tbs. Bragg’s Amino acids or low sodium soy sauce or soy sauce
  • 5 dried cherries or apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes or 1 16 oz. can
  • 1/2 cup Vidalia onion
  • 2 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber or zucchini
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced (for REAL heat, leave in seeds)
  • 2 Tbs. lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. raw agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • add 1/2 head broccoli
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  •  1 quart box veg broth
  •  1 pack Goya powdered ham flavoring/vegan 4 oz mixed exotic mushroom pack (chopped and sautéed in 1 tsp. sesame oil)
  •  1 small pack firm tofu drained cubed & sautéed with 1 clove garlic


1. Stir together sprouts and soy sauce and let marinate while you prepare soup.

2. Soak cherries in bowl of boiling water 5 minutes. Drain.

3. Saute’ cubed tofu w/ garlic

4. Place cherries, tomatoes, onion, vinegar, ginger, and veg broth in blender; blend until smooth.

Transfer to  serving bowl, and stir in cucumber, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro,  agave nectar, cayenne pepper, and sprout mixture.

*I blended tomatoes, cherries right from bag, ginger, jalapeno, pepper, onion–dumped the rest in and heated

*It’s still a bit sweet. You could fool with this forever and it would still be good.

Nutritional Information

Per 1-cup serving: Calories: 59,  Protein: 2g,  Total fat: 1g,  Saturated fat: 1g,  Carbs: 14g,  Cholesterol: mg,  Sodium: 682mg,  Fiber: 2g,  Sugars: 10g


3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Sparkle said,

    I love bean sprouts I am going to make this sounds yummy

  2. 2

    I am a vegetarian who hates veg. lol. I love fruit though.

  3. 3

    Sparkle–If you don’t like as much heat, leave out the one of the peppers and no seeds! My version is HOT – I know it’s good if I break out in a sweat.

    Myrna–try a fruit smoothie. Use soy, almond or rice milk – even just water (1 c.), throw in whatever fruits you love, if you’re brave some greens and voila YUM!

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