I know that this statement is going to make many people roll their eyes, but I am suffering from 'snow day jealousy.' I know I know I live in Florida and everyone up North wishes they were here, but although it's sunny out, (which I am simultaneously grateful for) hearing about all the snow in Virgina and New York and Boston makes me a tad homesick. I can't deny it--I hail from the land of extreme seasons and although one half of me worships the sun, the other half is full on snow bunny.
Truth be told, I despised winter when I was younger, excluding Christmas of course. I don't like being cold, and the lack of daylight was tough for me, especially when I lived in Scotland and it got dark around 2:30 pm. Ugh. But then when I lived at home in Massachusetts and worked in Boston over my year off--something changed. That was the year that we had consistent snow days four Tuesdays in a row. There was so much snow. And I realized that there is something insanely wonderful about the stillness of a snowstorm. The quiet. The magic of curling up in a chair with warm socks on and a dog at your feet, sipping tea and reading a book. Bundling up to go outside and cross-country ski across fields blanketed in white, fields that just the day before were muddy and brown and ugly. Yes, there is something insanely wonderful about how God can take even the darkest part of our year, our barest, darkest season, and make it beautiful.
So, I am a little jealous. I know it may not be pretty everywhere right now, and its freezing, and there may be slush--but somewhere, if not outside your window than not too far, it is that beautiful. So go to the closest park, or a field, or stand at your window just for a minute. Do it for me. And then come inside and put the kettle on, and think about making a yummy, steaming bowl of this delicious homemade ramen for dinner...
Healthy and Quick Homemade Ramen with Kale, Broccoli, and Tofu
I always crave Ramen when I see it in the grocery store, but every time I have to remind myself how insanely loaded with sodium and msg it is, and how bereft of nutrition. Last week though, when I saw a deal on Ramen (5 for $1.00) I embarked on a mission to create a healthy recipe for the noodles without using the flavor packet, but still achieving that savory asian taste. After a little experimenting, I got the recipe below Johnboy-approved, and voilá! Healthy Ramen, complete with veggies and a punch of protein.
Prep Time: 10 Min Cook Time: 15 minutes I Serves: 4
1.5 Qt. organic beef broth
1 inch Fresh Ginger Root, grated
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp miso
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 cup broccoli
1.5 cup kale
1/2 cup mushrooms
3/4 cup diced firm tofu (large diced)
2 Ramen Noodle packets, without the flavor packet (throw that sodium bomb far, far away)
1. First, sauté the mushrooms and tofu in a small pan with the sesame oil and half the miso, until slightly browned. Set aside.
2. Put the broth, broccoli, and ginger into a pot and bring to a boil.
3. When the broth begins to boil add the noodles, kale, mushrooms, tofu, soy, and the rest of the miso. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Serve in big bowls and enjoy!
* you could definitely make a few substitutions in this recipe to fit your dietary needs or whats in your pantry, ie. chicken or vegetable broth instead of beef, low sodium broth, chicken or beef instead of tofu. Make it work for you!
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