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Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup

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Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup


The thing that no one talks about in food blogging is that you develop some really weird eating patterns. The question of the day isn’t “what am I having for breakfast or lunch,” it’s “what are we working on and can it be considered a meal?”

In December, testing cookie recipes every day was a bit of a sugar rush. After that, balance was restored while testing/creating this healthy nourishing veggie noodle miso soup recipe. I think I ate this soup four times in a row last week – so what you’re looking at is my unintentional soup cleanse. Now, I don’t “cleanse” for health purposes, but I did really enjoy eating this soup over and over again :).


Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup


This soup is bright in color and in flavor. If you’re trying to eat lighter in the new year – but still want to eat something delicious – give this soup a try! Its brothy base is a simple dashi stock, the nourishing base of many soups in Japanese cooking. Make the dashi by gentling simmering kombu in water. Then, whisk in the miso paste to thicken the broth and give it much of its flavor (don’t skip it here!). Be careful to keep your soup at a low simmer after the miso is added, as high heat can destroy the healthy enzymes in miso.

I round this soup out with scallions, ginger, turmeric, carrots, and bok choy, and I add tofu for extra protein. Instead of filling the soup with lots and lots of noodles, I used half rice noodles and half zucchini noodles. This way, you still get that satisfying feeling that comes with eating a bowl of noodles. The soup is finished with a pop of lemon & lime and a bit of sriracha. It’s like a healthy veggie hot and sour soup. It’s a little punchy, a little earthy, and a little spicy. I hope you enjoy!

Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup

Author: Jeanine Donofrio

Recipe type: Soup

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 strip of kombu, rinsed
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup white miso paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 7 ounces tofu, cubed
  • 2.5 ounces rice noodles noodles, and/or zucchini noodles (1 small zucchini)
  • 2 baby bok choy, stalks thinly sliced, leaves torn
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, optional
  • Fresh mint or cilantro, optional for serving
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
  1. In a medium pot, combine the water and the kombu. Simmer gently, without boiling, for 10 minutes. Remove the kombu. Add the scallions, carrots, ginger, and garlic and simmer until the carrots are soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. Scoop ½ cup of the hot broth into a small bowl with the miso paste. Stir until combined and return it to the soup pot. Add the turmeric, black pepper, lemon and lime juice, coconut oil, tamari, sriracha, tofu, noodles, and bok choy. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with ¼ teaspoon sea salt, if desired, and serve with fresh herbs, if desired.

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CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.

CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
parmesan
fresh, torn basil

Directions

In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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