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Anyone able to make Pho work with paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 07, 2011 at 6:51 AM

I'm vietnamese and love my Pho. I've given up all grains and processed carbs for the diet. Anyone figure out a way to still eat pho, other than on cheat days?

I've thought of doing all bean sprouts as the filler item but consensus says they're still soy.

I saw a recipe that used spinach but I'm thinking that it might change the flavor of the broth too much.

Also, I can't seem to find bone marrow that's from a grassfed cow, do you guys think it would matter if it's just from a regular cow?

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on January 05, 2014
at 01:52 PM

I use sweet potato noodles.

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on November 29, 2012
at 08:05 AM

I thought rice was a grass seed, not a grain? Mark Sisson just said that rice noodles are ok if your particular brand of Paleo/primal permits rice. I have to avoid the carbs, so I make my own pho at home (good recipe for chicken pho on the Steamy Kitchen blog--leave out the sugar!) and use zucchini noodles, too.

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on July 25, 2012
at 03:49 PM

PHo also has delicious sugar in it too. ;-)

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:52 PM

The OP stated in the question that he is grain-free. But you're right about the rest.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:03 AM

I just order pho with double meat, double veg, no noodles. People in the local restaurant don't even blink anymore.

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on July 25, 2012
at 02:31 AM

conciliator, really? I found the shirataki smell unbearable, and I have a bag of kelp noodles in my pantry to try. I heard they were nearly flavorless...

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on November 07, 2011
at 10:04 PM

I saw that one but I'm not sure why the broth is so cloudy. I'm used to a very clear pho broth. I have my mom's recipe but I'm just looking for something to fill in the noodle gap. I'll have to search for those bones from a grass fed cow. Winter season is almost here and it's time to start some paleo style pho!

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Awesome Karen!!!

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I made a batch of this last night and I can't wait to eat it again. So. Damn. Good.

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on November 07, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I don't mind kelp noodles at all - especially in a soup.

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on November 07, 2011
at 04:10 PM

The bean sprouts should be mung, not soy.

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on November 07, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Kelp noodles taste horrendous. I prefer shirataki.

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on November 07, 2011
at 01:57 PM

Bean sprouts are not a vegetable? Just be WAPF for one meal if that's the case and call it "good enough".

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on November 07, 2011
at 01:55 PM

Probably twice a month I order a large #11 (brisket & eye of round) with no noodles and extra meat. They used to look at me like I was crazy... It's not grass fed but I say don't let trying to be perfect ruin your day.

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on November 07, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Agree! Similar to a winter Ramen dish that I get in the city, sans noodles, but with a little rice on the side. Yummo.

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on November 07, 2011
at 07:38 AM

I also really like this recipe.

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on November 07, 2011
at 07:00 AM

Latest in Paleo Pho Recipe / Vietnamese Beef Soup

http://www.latestinpaleo.com/blog/2011/3/22/latest-in-paleo-pho-recipe-vietnamese-beef-soup.html

A butcher should be able to get you some bones from a grass feed cow.

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Awesome Karen!!!

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on November 07, 2011
at 07:38 AM

I also really like this recipe.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on November 07, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I made a batch of this last night and I can't wait to eat it again. So. Damn. Good.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 07, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Agree! Similar to a winter Ramen dish that I get in the city, sans noodles, but with a little rice on the side. Yummo.

De0ac3e3479259bdcb1f84b4c7ab314d

(90)

on November 07, 2011
at 10:04 PM

I saw that one but I'm not sure why the broth is so cloudy. I'm used to a very clear pho broth. I have my mom's recipe but I'm just looking for something to fill in the noodle gap. I'll have to search for those bones from a grass fed cow. Winter season is almost here and it's time to start some paleo style pho!

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on July 25, 2012
at 01:47 AM

I second the zucchini noodles. I also use carrot noodles with the zucchini when I make pho. All you need is a julienne peeler (this is what I have: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CEWJD/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01). I can imagine this would work for a lot of vegetables and be a suitable noodle substitute for many dishes.

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on November 07, 2011
at 01:03 PM

you might want to check out Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles:

http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Tangle-Noodle-Company-Noodles/dp/B0019JTH96

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on November 07, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I don't mind kelp noodles at all - especially in a soup.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on November 07, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Kelp noodles taste horrendous. I prefer shirataki.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on July 25, 2012
at 02:31 AM

conciliator, really? I found the shirataki smell unbearable, and I have a bag of kelp noodles in my pantry to try. I heard they were nearly flavorless...

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on July 25, 2012
at 07:31 AM

Isn't Pho just beef stock, beef parts, vegetables and rice noodles?

It sounds paleo to me. I wouldn't change anything.

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:52 PM

The OP stated in the question that he is grain-free. But you're right about the rest.

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on July 25, 2012
at 03:49 PM

PHo also has delicious sugar in it too. ;-)

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on November 29, 2012
at 08:05 AM

I thought rice was a grass seed, not a grain? Mark Sisson just said that rice noodles are ok if your particular brand of Paleo/primal permits rice. I have to avoid the carbs, so I make my own pho at home (good recipe for chicken pho on the Steamy Kitchen blog--leave out the sugar!) and use zucchini noodles, too.

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on July 25, 2012
at 01:54 AM

There's not too much non-paleo about Pho. My local Asian market sells radish sprouts, those are a good garnish instead of soy sprouts (Mung bean sprouts are also common and less of a concern). I just use rice noodles but there's nothing wrong with zucchini noodles or whatever substitute you like.

I like this recipe, but use extra meat.

http://www.consumedgourmet.com/2011/05/pho.html

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on November 07, 2011
at 03:38 PM

I've used zucchini noodles before and it was super yummy. I just put them raw into the bowl and poured the broth over them then added the usual toppings.

Also, if bean sprouts don't bother you then maybe you shouldn't worry about eating them? But, if you really don't want to, super fine slices of fennel might taste nice?

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on January 06, 2014
at 06:55 AM

I absolutely adore pho! when my friend stacy introduced it to me I couldn't believe how good it was. God I love asian food!

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on January 05, 2014
at 04:25 PM

Pho IS the ultimate paleo food if you make it yourself and use the suggested noodle substitutions (shiritake noodles or zoodles). Be aware that sugar is a traditional ingredient in pho broth but you can easily skip it and won't miss it at all. I like Steamy Kitchen's chicken pho recipe--minus the sugar.

Bean sprouts are mung bean, not soy. Mark Sisson has this to say:

"Most bean sprouts you’ll come across (in the US, at least) are mung bean sprouts. Low in nutrition (6 g carbs and 3 g protein in 100 grams of sprouts), high in water, highly unlikely to inflame passions. Since you’re asking, though, I bet you like them and I bet they help you eat other, better foods. If that’s the case, eat away! Just don’t think they’re adding many micronutrients directly to your diet. At least they aren’t subtracting any (phytic acid is extremely low in mung bean sprouts."

<code>Read more: <a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/d-ribose-bean-sprouts-backyard-rabbits-the-protein-bone-loss-canard-and/#ixzz2pXdDu89p">http://www.marksdailyapple.com/d-ribose-bean-sprouts-backyard-rabbits-the-protein-bone-loss-canard-and/#ixzz2pXdDu89p</a>
If you want to avoid any possibility of legume, sprout your own broccoli or sunflower seeds, instead.

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on November 28, 2012
at 10:55 PM

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:06 PM

Make pho with kelp noodles!! They're soooo yummy.

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on January 05, 2014
at 01:52 PM

I use sweet potato noodles.

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