Vegetarian Meals

Miso Noodle Soup

I went to look up my miso soup recipe on the blog and was surprised to see that I didn’t have one posted! Perhaps it is because it is one of those meals that is not really cooking, but more just assembling. Regardless, I feel it needs to make an appearance simply as a reminder that this is a quick, easy, and delicious dinner that is especially comforting during these cold winter nights. 

For the record, both kids love this soup and Charlotte even had a second bowl full last night. Peter also ate well, but I had to fight with him to eat the veg. Since starting school, he has started to become picky with his eating. I’m convinced it is because he is getting served “kid food” for lunch at school: fish fingers, pasta, chicken nuggets, etc. Interestingly, the vegetarian options at school are generally healthier and have more challenging flavours. I did ask if he could be encouraged to take the vegetarian options more often during lunch, but apparently it is all or nothing. Either he eats all vegetarian meals, or all non-vegetarian meals (that happen to sometimes actually be vegetarian, but in that case it is usually pasta).

We aren’t vegetarian and I don’t mind him having some meat at school, but I really would love to see him eating less kid food and more of a challenging diet. That being said, this isn’t a battle I would win at his school as most parents seem to be worried that their kids won’t eat if it isn’t kid food. I have, however, considered switching him to the vegetarian meals. I’m conflicted though, because I don’t want him to get upset about not getting to eat what the other kids are eating. Also, I like him getting a bit of meat at school since we’re mostly meat free at home these days and I worry about protein and iron levels.

What I definitely don’t want to do is continue fighting with him at meal times. He’ll eat eventually, but more and more often, he fights me first. He’s also coming out with, “but I don’t like broccoli” (usually his favourite veg) and, “but I don’t like oranges” (also not true). Looks like it is time for me to revisit my post on picky eating and remind myself how to crack down before it gets much worse!

On that note, here is the miso soup recipe that he happily gobbled down (even if I did have to fight him on the veg . . . ).

Miso Noodle Soup

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 litres (8.5 cups) of water
  • two heaping spoonfuls of red or white (milder) miso paste (about 4 tablespoons total)
  • 1 stock cube (I used four tsp of veg Marigold*)
  • 400g/two packages ramen noodles (I used these frozen ones**)
  • 1 or 2 sheets of chopped nori (I use kitchen scissors to cut this up***)
  • (veg: I use whatever I happen to have around, but I find it is especially nice with one or two of the following)
  • spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, pak choi, snap peas
  • optional: boiled egg, chopped tofu, sliced chicken or pork
  • garnish: salad onions (green onions), sesame seeds, sriracha, sliced onions

Instructions

1

Place all ingredients minus the garnish in a large pot and heat

2

Make sure your veg is cooked to the desired consistency

3

Taste the broth and add more miso/stock depending on your preference

4

Garnish and serve!

Notes

Top pic is of white miso paste and bottom pic is of red miso paste.

*not an ad, but this is by far the best veg broth I’ve encountered. I even use it as a seasoning on cheese toast and other savoury foods!

**ramen noodles

***nori

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