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Easy Filler Vietnamese Pho

Being short on time or macros can leave you either eating something bland and boring or being tempted to make a poor food choice in favor of preferred taste.

Having a low macro, high volume and easy to heat option ready when you need it is an absolute lifesaver.

This fully customizable WAG version of a traditional Vietnamese specialty is designed to be prepared, frozen and pulled out when you need it - although making it fresh doesn’t take long either! If you don’t have many carbs left leave out the Vietnamese rice noodles and enjoy this tasty, nourishing, Asian inspired soup with a squeeze of lime!

The macros for this dish are based off of a rare roast beef. Macros will change if you choose chicken or deli meat.

Macros w/50g Vietnamese Rice Noodles
Serving Size
Macros without Vietnamese Rice Noodles
Serving Size
  • 500 ml Carton Swanson Chicken or Beef Broth (any broth alternative, especially Asian style broths like Swanson Thai Ginger Infused are even more flavor packed)
  • 1 cup water
  • Fresh ginger or ginger powder to taste
  • Fresh garlic or garlic powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • Whole onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp. coriander seed
  • Fresh coriander, cilantro, basil or mint to serve
  • Fresh green vegetables e.g. broccoli, mushrooms, carrots (optional)
  • Vietnamese rice noodles, dry (optional) - however much noodles you can fit in your macros!
  • 400 g thinly sliced beef, chicken or rare roast beef deli meat
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring broth and water to a simmer.
  2. Add soy sauce, fish sauce, coriander seed, ginger and garlic.
  3. Add onions and thinly sliced meat (you can add this raw but if you choose to cook it beforehand or buy it pre-cooked, add it towards the end so that it does not overcook).
  4. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until meat is cooked through to your liking.
  5. Add vegetables to the pot for 1 minute before taking the broth off the heat, so that the vegetables will lose their crunch.
  6. Take off of the heat and cool down. Divide into portions and freeze down.
Meal Preperation Instructions
  1. Thaw overnight or empty the frozen block into a pot and put on low heat until broth has melted.
  2. Depending on your carbs left for the day, measure out a suitable portion of dry Vietnamese rice noodles. This broth is delicious without the noodles if you’re low on carbs.
  3. Add the noodles into your hot broth for 2-4 minutes.
  4. Serve in a deep bowl and garnish with fresh coriander, cilantro, basil and mint.
  5. Added fiber bonus: fresh bean sprouts!