Category Archives: Soup

Get This Warm Delight in My Belly!

Last night it was cold. Ok, not East Coast cold – but wearing my fuzzy wool socks, turning the heat up and snuggling up in my throw on the couch, cold. I was craving a brothy soup to warm up. It was dark out already, and I didn’t want to get into a huge soup project. I came up with a warming Soba Noodle and Vegetable Soup in a Miso Broth, and I made it in 15 minutes!

**Soba Noodles are buckwheat noodles commonly used in Japanese cuisine. They are reasonably easy to find in the Asian section of your grocer. They are lighter in texture and in some ways healthier than Udon Noodles (which have their own healing properties). Buckwheat has a lot of protein, is high in Vitamin B1 and B12, minerals, rutin, an essential nutrient not found in other grains, as well as the essential amino acid lysine, the micro-nutrient choline, and Vitamin P, which helps with Vitamin C absorption.

Ingredients:

  • Miso Soup (I used one of the individual packets from Trader Joe’s. You can find something similar in the Asian section of your grocer, or buy the paste, and use about a tablespoon for a big bowl of soup.)
  • Soba Noodles (1 serving is approximately 2 oz, a small handful)
  • Big handful finely chopped kale (about 3-4 leaves)
  • 3-4 Mushrooms, sliced (I had crimini in the fridge, but shitake or oyster would be delish too)
  • 1 Quarter small onion
  • 1 Garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • Small piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon dried Sea Vegetable (I used wakame)
  • Dash Cayenne, Sea Salt and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce to taste
  • For added flavor, dash of rice vinegar and sesame oil
  • Fresh cut scallion (optional)

Directions:
Boil water, add soba noodles. In a separate pot or kettle boil about 2 cups water for broth. In a large bowl, empty contents of miso packet (or tablespoon miso paste), teaspoon dried sea vegetable, sea salt and cayenne. Set aside. Saute garlic with a little oil (I used olive) in a skillet on a low heat, add finely chopped kale, sliced mushrooms and chopped onions and ginger. Cover and keep on a low heat. Stir occasionally until onions are translucent, but kale still retains bright color. Turn off heat. Drain noodles. Add to broth bowl, add sauteed veggies, and 2 cups boiled water. Can add dash Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and cut scallion for added flavor. Stir and eat up!

P.S. The miso packet I used had small pieces of tofu. If yours doesn’t, I recommend adding a little more protein, thinly sliced meat or diced tofu.

**”Health Benefits of Japanese Noodles.”www.mitoku.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Dec 2011. <http://www.mitoku.com/products/pasta/healthbenefits.html>.


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Rainy Day Kale Potato Soup

It’s a rare rainy day in Los Angeles. I happen to have a bunch of kale and a few potatoes in my kitchen, but any dark leafy greens will do. And I made this comforting soup in about 30 minutes. After posting a pic of it on facebook, the requests for a recipe started to pop up. So here it is. I am sorry now that I didn’t photograph the step by step process.

Ingredients:

1 Onion (I didn’t have any, so I chopped up a bunch of scallions), chopped

2-4 Cloves Garlic, roughly chopped

About 4-5 medium Potatoes, quartered

1 Bunch Kale, Rinsed and finely chopped, stems removed

8 Cups of Water with Vegetable or Chicken Stock (I used the concentrated kind, but you can use 8 cups of pre-bought stock if you prefer)

Instructions:
Heat oil over medium heat in a large Soup Pot. Add chopped onions and saute until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add vegetable or chicken stock, potatoes and garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

When the potatoes are tender, transfer the potatoes and garlic to a bowl; lightly mash with a fork. Return the mashed potatoes and garlic to the pot, and bring to a simmer. Stir in kale, add sea salt and a pinch of cayenne. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the kale is tender. I used an immersion blender here, with a tablespoon of yogurt, to make it semi pureed with a touch of creaminess and tanginess from the yogurt. While the soup was cooking, I also hard boiled an egg, and added half an egg and a teaspoon of sour cream, garnished with scallion to the bowl.

This soup was a super comforting and hearty treat for a rainy day!

Healthy Delectables Kicked My Cold in the A$$

There’s  a bug going around. I caught it. It was in my head, and my nose felt like it weighed 100 lbs. So, I dedicated a day to kicking my cold in the butt with some healthy delectables. I started out the day with a packet of Emergen C in hot water, with lemon, cayenne and honey. I had three of those throughout the day. The rest was captured on my camera below.

Fresh Squeezed OJ with Fresh Ginger

Fresh Squeezed OJ with Fresh Ginger

Get Well Salad

Get Well Salad

I squeezed about 4 cups of orange juice (with the huge chunks of pulp), and added about a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Gave me an instant boost of energy! (I have this cool attachment on my kitchen aid, for citrus juicing, and I have one of those old school ones that just requires a bit more work. It doesn’t need to be hard or expensive to have freshly squeezed juice!)

For lunch, I wanted to use what I had in the kitchen. That morning, I followed a pang to throw the sweet potatoes that have been sitting around for awhile, almost growing those little buds, into the oven. So I chopped up the now cooled baked sweet potatoes, and threw them into a salad with arugula, mache, avocado, grated beets, green onions, roasted almonds, mushrooms, a hard boiled egg and blanched asparagus, tossed in a yogurt and green onion dressing (yogurt may cause the mucous to thicken, like other dairy products, however the good bacteria offers many healing benefits, so I chose to use it).

Feeling better!

Feeling better already!

Get Well Soup

Get Well Soup

For dinner, I made a chicken flavored broth with lots of garlic and green onions, tofu, carrots, mushrooms, bok choy, spinach and cayenne. It was warming, spicy and cleared the sinuses. And I feel a lot better!

It’s good to have essentials in your kitchen like cayenne, garlic, ginger, broth, Emergen c, and my favorite cold killer, Umcka (you can find it in the cold/flu section in health food stores). Having lots of fruit and veggies around (or a good friend who will pick some up for you when you’re bed ridden) will keep you well fed, and on your way to forgetting you ever came down with anything.