Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp

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I love a good bowl of soup.  I don’t know what it is about soup but it is so satisfying and better yet, it is low in calories!  Just can’t beat a combination like that.  This soup is so easy to put together and it is family approved!  However, there is a word of caution here, if you have people in your family with sensitive mouths then this soup may be too hot for them.  If you are a seasoned Texan like I am, then you will enjoy the hotness that this soup brings to your senses.

This recipe will serve 4 people.

3 cups fat free, less sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup of presliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
1 (8 oz) can of sliced bamboo shoots, drained
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon white pepper (yes, you read that right!)
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 oz. reduced fat firm tofu, drained and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 large egg white, beaten
1/4 teaspoon chili oil
2 tablespoons chopped green onion

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add juice, pepper, shrimp, and tofu to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are almost done. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Slowly drizzle egg white into pan, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in chili oil and onions.

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