Miso Soup with Kimchi

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I have a confession to make.  I eat kimchi directly from the jar.  Just open the jar, stick my fork in, and go for it.  Sometimes it’s the first thing I eat in the morning.

I also buy a rotisserie chicken from the store just so I can eat the skin off of it, and then I have to figure out what to do with all the rest of it.  Thankfully there’s a lot you can do with a rotisserie chicken.

As long as I’m confessing, I confess that there is not one thing homemade in this recipe.  But it’s still very healthy, as well as quick.  All because I discovered these little packets of miso soup mix that you can just add hot water and kimchi to, and make a soup!

The holiday season is a time of overindulgence.  Lots of sweets – oops.  Dropped a mint frosted brownie crumb on the keyboard.  Constant eating.  Late nights.  Alcohol.  Pastries.  Dips.  Oh look!  The token fresh veggie plate.  Let us call it “crudite”.  “Crudite” is just a fancy way of saying “token fresh veggie plate”.

No wonder our digestion is off, our brains get foggy, we can be emotional, and then we start coughing and catch a cold or flu.  We’re so busy enjoying the holidays that we forget to take care of ourselves.

Miso and kimchi have so many health benefits that it would be difficult to list them all and risk leaving anything out.  Both are high in vitamins and trace minerals, like C, D, E, Selenium…but I think the best value they offer is probiotics.

Without probiotics, you can’t assimilate all of the nutrients you are getting.  How do you keep these beneficial microbes alive in your body?  By eating crudite!  Salads and raw foods.

What kills them off?  You guessed it.  A diet heavy on alcohol, meat, pastries, party wings, and panetone.  Are you starting to see what I’m getting at?

Our ancestors were really wise.  Even sausages were served with saurkraut, another probiotic rich food when it’s raw and fermented.  Even when it’s cooked you’re still eating a superfood.

So toast in the new year with your glass of bubbly, knowing that kimchi and miso are also some of the best hangover recipes known to man.  Again…these ancestors of ours were a lot more wise than we remember!

Miso and Kimchi Soup (quick and easy version)

1 C hot water (not boiling, it kills the probiotics)

Instant miso packet (follow directions)

1/4 C cooked, shredded chicken

2-3 T crispy chicken skin

1/4 C kimchi

Cooked noodles (I used some noodles made from beans)

optional toppings include chopped scallions, boiled egg, cilantro

Fry up the sliced chicken skin and fat in a pan, cook the noodles, shred the noodles and heat up the water for the miso.  Put the chicken and the noodles in the bowl.  Mix the miso soup according to directions on the package, and pour over the chicken and noodles.  Add the kimchi, and put your toppings on.

 

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