I’ve been neglectful of many things lately–including my blog and self-care. After weeks of challenging late nights at school and an all nighter to finish my first design project of the semester, my work outs and meals have become more sporadic, and my body has signaled to me that it’s not happy with me. I pushed my limits and I did very well on my project at school, but I also know I need to seriously take care of myself in order to sustain the amount of work that’s asked of me in grad school.
I’m not super sick, but I’ve been pretty worn out and sniffly. I planned to post a couple new recipes this weekend, last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas I’ve had lined up for weeks, but I found I just wasn’t up to it. I’ve had to take some personal time lately–I’m truly sorry about this, but ultimately it will help me be at my best so I can create better things for you in the future!
Today, I felt absolutely exhausted in all senses of the word. I was glad to have the house to myself–I took a nap and made myself a giant bowl of noodle soup, brimming with spicy ginger and green goodness. I put it together in about ten minutes, and it was divine!!
After nourishing myself with this giant green bowl, I totally felt like a goddess. So here, this recipe is a reminder for myself and for you–love yourself! With plenty of greens and ginger. 🙂 This is an individual recipe, because I’m single AF, but you can definitely double it and share with someone else. 🙂
One-Pot Green Goddess Noodle Soup Bowl
(makes 1 large serving)
Total time: 10 minutes
- half a head of broccoli
- 2 oz edamame noodles (or your favorite noodles–cooking times may vary though!)
- 1/4 cup mukimame (or edamame or chickpeas)
- 1 tablespoon ginger, smashed
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 2 teaspoons yellow miso
- 1 heaping handful of chopped lacinato kale
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- sea salt, liquid aminos (or tamari or soy sauce)
- to serve: lime, basil, scallions, jalapeño slices, and avocado slices (optional)
- In a medium sized saucepan, bring 3.5 cups of water to a boil.
- Add everything to the water, except for the kale, spinach and avocado. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Stir the ingredients around so that they all get submerged underwater. Add more water if needed.
- During the last two minutes of cooking, stir in the chopped kale so it can wilt. Season the soup with sea salt and coconut aminos to your taste (add more miso if you like!), and take the saucepan off the heat.
- Place a couple handfuls of baby spinach into a big bowl–the bowl you’ll be eating from. Pour the soup over the spinach.
- Serve with fresh lime juice, basil, scallions, jalapeño slices, and avocado slices!
This was just what I needed to get myself feeling back on track. Fresh, clean and spicy! I feel good.
On the emotional side of things, as it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m still trying to let go of some old heartaches, but I think I’m in a much better place this year than I was last year. To help me sort through my feelings and face them instead of burying them, I made a long playlist reflecting my emotions. It’s been really cathartic. My emotional stages have been up and down but basically I’m feeling more comfortable with my path than ever. I’m sharing the playlist here in case some of you can relate! I’ve titled it CATHARSIS, of course.
How was your Valentine’s weekend? I hope you had a good one!
Overall, besides feeling sickly, I had a pretty amazing weekend. Last night, I went to a beautiful event hosted by my friends The Harvest Hands. As usual, I caught up with dear friends and met new ones, made great connections, and ate tons of delicious food. I’ll be sharing the photo recap of the event soon–here’s a preview: