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Quest Food

By Claire Ragozzino / Photography By Claire Ragozzino | April 25, 2016
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Quest Food (n.) ‘kwest-’füd : a dish so spectacularly satisfying to your taste buds you spend a lifetime searching for the perfect version of this meal wherever you travel; an endless pursuit for perfection of your desired dish. Example: “Phô is my personal quest food.”

I love pho. I also love vegetables. And I’ve spent the better half of my life as a vegetarian…so what’s a girl to do when one of her favorite dishes is traditionally made from meat and bones? Create your own version! It took a while to perfect, but here it is. The super clean vegan pho broth that will knock even your meat-loving friends socks off. The key is the ume plum paste and vinegar, a fermented product that gives the broth that special umami taste. As we edge into summer, mix up your favorite seasonal veggies to satisfy your quest for pho through the seasons.

Spring Vegetable Pho

Taking cues from Mexico’s agua frescas comes this refreshing green juice version made from cooling herbs, alkalizing citrus, cucumber, and sparkling water. Chia seeds—loaded with beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and minerals—give this drink a healthy boost that keeps you hydrated through your long outdoor days.

Chia Fresca

Article from Edible OKC at http://edibleoklahomacity.ediblecommunities.com/recipes/quest-food
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