Ramen

As I kid I remember LOVING ramen noodles. OBVIOUSLY not a smart healthy choice though.  At my local co-op I noticed packages of millet and brown rice noodles, similar to “oodles of noodles,” and grabbed a few. But I didn’t want to use the provided seasoning package because I wanted to make an even healthier version. One where I could control what goes in it.

The base of the bouillon powder is nutritional yeast which is a complete protein and many types are fortified with vitamin b12. I added in several different seasonings and spices, playing around with it until it came out just right.

That’s the bouillon. What about the soup? Which really couldn’t be more easy. I promise!

Green onions – did you know that green onions are great for your eyesight? It has vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, all of which play a key role in  healthy vision. Green onions are great for your bones, too, thanks to its vitamin C and K. Vitamin C helps you synthesize the collagen that keeps your bones strong, while vitamin K helps your body utilize the calcium it needs to maintain bone density.

Carrots – everyone knows they are a carotenoid powerhouse. What is the big deal with carotenoids? One word – antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals cause damage which can lead to cancer. Please pass the carrots!

Spinach – high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Wow!! Guess that’s why they say, “If it’s green it’s good!” Just ask my kids, if I can add something green to anything, I will.

Let’s make soup!

It is a 2 step process. First you’ll want to make your bouillon powder because you’ll need it to assemble your soup.

Bouillon Powder

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes

2 tbsp sea salt

1 tbsp onion powder

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried sage

1 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp turmeric

Soup

4-5 “nests” of ramen (I used Lotus brand millet and brown rice noodles) – flavor packet discarded

3/4 cups shredded carrots (I usually chop mine in the food processor)

4 tsp coconut aminos

1/4 cup bouillon powder

3/4 cup chopped scallions

2 cups chopped spinach

2 32oz. containers of vegetable broth

  1. First make the bouillon powder by mixing all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  It will make more than you need for one pot of soup so I store leftovers in a mason jar.
  2. Next, add your nests, carrots, coconut aminos, bouillon powder, chopped spinach, and scallions to vegetable broth in large pot and cook until noodles are done. About 8 minutes. That’s it!

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