Dinner for one. Whether is it a lifestyle, or the occasional occurrence, we still want something healthy, fast and easy to prepare, and Home Cooked!
Ramen shops have popped up all over America and are a perfect way to grab a fast, completely balanced meal. In Japan, there are at least 50,000 ramen shops that are frequented every day, and for some, it is the daily meal away from home. It is substantial, healthy, and balanced.
So, why not make them at home!
Good grief, it’s just noodle soup you say? It can be so much more, and making one single bowl requires so few ingredients that you will look at those odds and ends in your refrigerator with an entirely new respect!
Oh, but I don’t eat gluten, you say? In less than five years, our markets here in America, are now overflowing with choices, alternatives, and options. Here, today, I am making a delicious bowl of soup, just for myself, since hubby is sick with the flu, not eating, and I decided I had better boost my immune so I don’t catch it. It is:
So, what is in it, you ask? Things that are going to keep me well, and taste delicious too!!
- Carrot – 1, chopped
- Celery – 1, chopped
- Spring onions – 2, chopped
- Cauliflower – 1 cup, chopped
- Broccoli – 1 cup, chopped
- Garlic – 1 clove, crushed
- Lemon – juice from one, plus a little zest
- Toasted sesame oil – 1 tablespoon, or an oil you have on hand
- Noodles – 3 ounces, the noodles I used are Sweet Potato Buckwheat Soba Noodles, and they are delicious!
- Broth, or just water, 2 cups – more broth will extract from the veggies when they cook
- Salt/pepper to taste, any fresh herbs or flavor enhancers you like, such as ginger, turmeric, or simply a bouillon
Like I said, you can use anything in your fridge for this soup. Swap out anything above for what you have: cabbage, an egg, chilies, green beans, bok choy, spinach, beets, shoots, absolutely anything, including a few slices of already cooked meats, or throw some shrimp in there!
Place oil in a medium size pot, and heat. Add broth or water, bring to a boil. Toss in all the ingredients, including the noodles. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes. If the noodles you are using require longer cook time, then place them in first to get started cooking, but the veggies only need 5 minutes.
Plate up, and Enjoy!