Nourishing Ramen Bowl

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Savory, salty broth, full of noodles just waiting to be slurped up.

Ramen noodles, we’ve all had them right? Those hard little bricks of fried noodles and MSG ladened spice packets. Most of us probably even had quite a fondness for them.

I’m not going to lie, they were a favourite of mine for several years. My mom drew the limit at twice a week. I actually remember thinking about how when I grew up that I would eat them whenever I wanted to because, well I would be an adult. Please, please tell me I am not alone in this confession!

Dear twelve-year-old self, you WILL change your mind, trust me on this one.

But wait for just a minute. Ramen noodles are the perfect, simple meal for busy days when you are craving savory broth. Plus who can resist noodles?

What is a gal to do?

With a few simple ingredients, you can create a nourishing ramen bowl that is actually good for you!

This almost from scratch noodle bowl only takes a little bit longer than those packets you once adored. The key- fresh broth kept in the fridge and store bought noodles.

I try to keep homemade bone broth in my refrigerator at all times. It is full of so many vitamins and gelatin. Bone broth makes your homemade soups go from tasty to extraordinary. Seriously. Once you ditch the carton, it’s hard to go back. All you need is leftover chicken bones and water.

Homemade noodles are awesome. I even bought a book about making your own homemade ramen noodles. I drool over the pages but most of us don’t have time or energy to make our own. Offer yourself some grace and use store bought udon noodles, you can make homemade noodles another day.

Nourishing Ramen Bowl

Ingredients:

Soup:

2 quarts chicken broth
8 oz udon noodles
1 TBS yellow or white miso paste

Toppings:

Chicken

1 lb boneless/skinless chicken thighs, pounded flat
2 TBS coconut oil
1 tsp unrefined salt

Vegetables

4 fresh green onions
2 cup bean sprouts

Directions:

Bring the broth to a boil, add the miso paste, stirring until dissolved. Add the udon noodles and cook until done, about ten minutes.

While the noodles are cooking, place the chicken thighs between two pieces of parchment paper. Using a meat pounder or a rubber hammer, pound the chicken thighs until flat.

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken thighs with the salt.

Heat a skillet with the coconut oil in it on medium high. Add the chicken thighs to skillet. Cook until lightly golden on both sides, about 3-5 minutes.

Cut one thigh to be sure there is no pink and that the meat is completely cooked.

Slice the thighs into thin strips.

Slice the green onions into one-inch strips.

Spoon the noodles and broth into large soup bowls. Top with the chicken strips, sliced green onions, and bean sprouts.

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How about you, did you like ramen noodles growing up? What is your favourite quick soup to make?

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list.

Learn how to make your own at The Nourishing Gourmet! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Homemade Chilie Mocha

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Spicy and sweet with lots of cocoa- pure delight!

Chilie mochas are all the rage right now if you go to a certain chain coffee shop, though I doubt if they will ever hold a candle to the pumpkin spice latte. Yet if you are a chocolate loving person, you will probably find a place in your heart for this “new” coffee drink as well.

I’ll admit when I went in to get a coffee and enjoy the free internet a couple weeks ago I was rather tempted to try one. Instead, I opted to make my own homemade chilie mocha because that’s what I do.

I have no idea why I never made a spicy mocha before now. I used to make spicy hot cocoa for my girls in Mexico. I even make a spicy chocolate headache relieving paste but the chilie mocha never crossed my kitchen until two weeks ago.

Now that I have enjoyed one several, you can be sure that I will continue to do so. Chilie and cocoa are the perfect pairing, if you have ever had chicken mole, you know exactly what I am talking about if you haven’t you better get on it. 😉

Coffee shops may be calling your name but first give this spicy treat a try.

Other seasonal drinks to enjoy: 

Homemade Chilie Mocha

2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
2 TBS cocoa powder
1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/4 tsp unrefined salt
Whipped cream (optional)

In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.

Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.

Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.

Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

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Homemade Chilie Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
  • ½ cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp unrefined salt
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.
  2. Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.
  3. Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

 

Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

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Warm spices bursting with the fragrance of fall, ready for use in a moment’s notice all blended together in a cute little jar. Oh, the joys of pumpkin pie spice blend.

For years I was a die hard purest when it came to spice blends. I would not use them, not on your life.

I would only use each spice individually, putting my nose up in the air and insisted that each recipe I created needed to have its own exact measurements of each individual spice for optimal flavor.

Well, I digress. I have discovered the joys of creating some of my own blends for simplicity sake. It’s true, I often prefer to add individual spices to recipe, but sometimes you just need a break.

Last year I caved and created my own garam masala blend, followed by this pumpkin pie spice blend. I have a couple blends more waiting to be shared as well. When I cave, I cave big time. 😉

I have so many fall beverages and treats that I like to make, that it made sense to keep pumpkin pie spice  on hand to have pumpkin pie lattes and such ready in less time.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

4 TBS ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves

Add all the ground spices to a jar. Shake until mixed. It’s as easy as pie. 😉

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Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
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Ingredients
  • 4 TBS ground cinnamon
  • 2½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Add all the ground spices to a jar. Shake until mixed. It's as easy as pie. 😉

Do you like to use spice blends? If so, what is your favourite?

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

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Smooth chamomile infused almond milk, drizzled with raw honey, with a sprinkle of dark chocolate, and a dash of cinnamon- pure bliss in a cup.

Earlier this year my friend was raving to me about a drink she had at a shop (The Naked Lounge, no naked people involved in case you wanted to know…) in Sacramento called “Bowl of Soul”, also known as a chamomile latte, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

She knew that I love to recreate all types of coffee and tea drinks, so she asked, begged me to recreate it.

I am not one to say no to a challenge like that. I right away stepped up to the plate, and at our very next girls’ night, I brought the necessary ingredients over to make our long anticipated hot drinks. Let’s just say my version of the Bowl of Soul did not disappoint.

Right away it was given a stamp of approval.

While the flavour combination may be unusual, don’t be put off. I would never think that they could pair so beautifully together but they do.

Be still my tea loving heart, the Bowl of Soul has won me over. It may even take the place of London Fog as a new favourite, shh, don’t tell my poor Earl Grey that…

It’s almost fitting since I was a chamomile fan well before I discovered them joys of black tea.

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Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

3 cups almond milk
4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
3 TBS raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 oz dark chocolate
Whipped cream, optional

Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.

Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.

Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.

Divide the milk between two mugs.

Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
  • 3 TBS raw honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 oz dark chocolate
  • Whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.
  3. Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.
  4. Divide the milk between two mugs.
  5. Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.