More Soup...since I'm still freezing

It pains me to write this...as I sit her bundled up, still freezing and over this weather.  A few things that always bring me comfort in the cold are, coffee, a sauna, tea, a sweaty workout and SOUP!  As I've said before, I don't have the time or patience to create a homemade masterpiece from scratch and I like to keep things simple.  I gathered a few ingredients I already had in my kitchen to make a delicious and filling soup. Full disclosure: I often make soup in the Vitamix with minimal ingredients but we were out of carrots and happened to have the soup below in the cabinets.  For all my protein loving friends this meal is packed with protein plus fiber and nutrients. 

Here's the base: A super nutritious carrot/ginger soup found at pretty much every grocery store.  If using a Vitamix use carrots or squash as your base.

 It's SO good. Trust me.  Please don't judge my chipped nail polish.

It's SO good. Trust me.  Please don't judge my chipped nail polish.

Next I sauteed kale, extra firm tofu and white beans for extra protein, fiber and vitamins.

 Sauteed with a little olive oil plus s&p

Sauteed with a little olive oil plus s&p

Then I added my new best friend: BLACK BEAN PASTA!  Here's the scoop...it's a little high in calories with 320/serving BUT it also packs 15 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein.  Not to mention 25% of your daily calcium, Iron and B6.  Oh and its delicious. 

 Bonus points for a cute box ;)

Bonus points for a cute box ;)

I added more veggies since we had tons of spinach and cooked it write in the pot. You can add anything to your soup base.  You can even make this with just a can of veggie broth rather than carrots or squash.  Use what you have an don't complicate it.

Voila. Dinner is served.  It was husband approved too!

As I mentioned you can make the base easily in a Vitamix.  I'd add tons of carrots, veggie broth a little olive oil, ginger and garlic.  Easy-peasy!

xo

Ramen for Grownups!

 What I used to make the filling soup

What I used to make the filling soup

I often think about the foods I ate growing up (before I knew better) and am horrified by the lack of nutritional value BUT I also have great memories around some of my childhood favs.  One of those foods that lacked nutrients but was so damn delicious was RAMEN!  Let's be honest, the love of ramen noodles extended long after childhood, into college and beyond into my early 20's.  After all, this is one of the best meals if you're broke and need to shove food in your mouth as fast as possible. 

One memory I have is my dad making ramen for me when I was about 5 or 6 years old.  I thought the seasonings were weird so I begged him to take out all the little green flakes from the packet.  Turns out I was the weirdo but he did it haha.  Yay for good dads :).

That is the complete opposite of now where I put any and all veggies in that I have in the refrigerator.  As we get further into Fall and Winter, soup is a staple at our place so there are more soup ideas to come!  This soup is very easy to make and SO tasty.  

I cheat and get the noodles/seasoning from Whole Foods and made by Lotus Foods  .  All the noodles are gluten free which I love.  Normally I preach NO packaged foods but this is an exception! 

 zucchini noodles, pepper, tofu and kale 

zucchini noodles, pepper, tofu and kale 

Along with the pack I also added zucchini noodles made by my fabulous spiralizer.  So the soup consisted of:

Rice noodles * zuchinni noodles * sauteed extra firm tofu * kale * peppers * miso broth 

Voila!!! Healthy and filling Ramen noodle soup for grownups!!!  Enjoy! 

 Topped with sriracha and s&p

Topped with sriracha and s&p