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 :).
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. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you may recognize it from this gingery soup.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.