Pomegranate-Maple-Cider Carrot & Cucumber Noodles with Chili Beef and Blue Cheese

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I’ll slam the door in your face if you try to tell me that this is not the most colorful bowl of meat you’ve ever seen. Or, in true teenage fashion, I’ll tell you to “Talk to the wrist, ‘cuz the first is pissed!”

After seeing Tieghan over at Half Baked Harvest do a tutorial on how to deseed a pomegranate, I began to think… When was the last time I ate a pomegranate? My old college roommate Stacey used to make these killer pomegranate-champagne vodka cocktails, but that doesn’t count. So, I kept thinking.

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Beef Zucchini Noodle Soup with Shitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy

Beef Noodle Soup with Shitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy

Originally, I was going for a beef miso noodle soup. Luckily, before I got too far, I realized that miso isn’t paleo and since this recipe was created exclusively for a paleo blog (link at the bottom of this post), I had to play by the rules. Hmmph! Cue extensive Googling… some search terms might have included:

“Paleo substitute for miso”

“Why isn’t miso Paleo?”

“Similar flavors to miso”

After realizing that there really isn’t a substitute for miso, I had to switch gears. I thought…. well, soy sauce is nice boiled in a broth. Clearly, I was brain farting that day, because soy sauce is made of soy… soy isn’t Paleo. Back to Googling….

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