Getting The Health Benefits Of Green Tea Without Drinking It. You can get the health benefits of green tea by using it as a cooking liquid. Although I normally drink at least two cups of this healthy beverage every day, I also cook with it to get even more into my diet. It is a great way to boost the anti-oxidant levels in your food.
Green Tea is the base for this fragrant well-spiced shrimp soup. Using the shrimp shells to flavor the stock is a great way to cut down on waste in the kitchen (something I'm always trying to do.)
I know the ingredient list seems quite lengthy, but this is a soup truly made from scratch. The ingredients all work very well together; the result is incredibly healthy and delicious.
- 32 large, shell-on shrimp
- 2 tablespoons of whole mace
- 2 teaspoons of whole black peppercorns
- 1 cassia cinnamon stick
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 star anise pods
- 20 whole allspice berries
- 6 cups of filtered water
- 4 bay leaves
- 8 garlic cloves, smashed (use the side of your chef's knife)
- 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger
- 6 cups of prepared green tea (follow your tea suppliers instructions for brewing)
- 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 ribs of celery, sliced thin
- 1 cup of peas, frozen are fine
- 1/2 cup of hoison sauce
- 1/2 cup sliced Chinese chives
- Peel and de-vein the shrimp.
- Rinse the shrimp shells in cool water.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the shells, filtered water, mace, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, allspice, garlic, ginger and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a stockpot, heat the coconut oil over a medium flame.
- Add the carrots, onion and celery and cook until slightly browned (about 10 to 15 minutes.) Strain the shrimp shell and spice stock; add it to the vegetable mixture.
- Add the green tea, soy sauce, hoison sauce and cleaned shrimp.
- Cook until the shrimp is opaque, about 4 to 5 minutes. Top with chives.
Tips and Suggestions:
If you want a quick and easy version of this recipe, use a pre-made shrimp stock spiced with a store-bought spice blend. A Chinese Five Spice blend would suffice. The results would still be delicious, although not quite the same. Just keep the same ratio of 50/50 shrimp stock to green tea.
Serve with Soba noodles for a heartier meal.