Ginger Miso Udon Soup

March 13, 2014

Why hello, remember me? I’ve been saying the same quote over and over again for the past few weeks, I even themed this week’s yoga class after it. “I’m getting really good at doing a lot of things poorly.” I’m over…something, overcommitted, overworked, overly busy? I hate the word busy. It makes me seem like I want a medal or prize or a badge of honor for living my life. We’re all busy, the trick is, how do we stop being so busy?

I honestly think that the truly genius people in this world are those who can learn to become un-busy.

I’m working on it. I want to slow down. I don’t want to run from one thing to the other. I want to do all the bits of my life well and be fully present while doing them. I’m trying to figure out how to do this without driving myself crazy or maybe it will make me more sane and less crazy. I’ve been thinking a lot about this on my commutes to and from work but I haven’t come up with a plan yet. Anyone have tips for slowing down and doing less things better?

ginger miso udon soup

How this translates into ginger miso udon soup is anyone’s guess, but a reader, Katya, asked for this recipe off of one of my last Week Caps, which I, in true Lisa fashion, have been too overcommitted to commit to regularly. This soup is super simple, it’s also quick, for those of us who haven’t yet mastered lunch without a side of everything else on your plate.

I used udon noodles, which are not gluten-free, but you can easily substitute rice noodles. It’s the perfect dish for warming up after yet another late winter snow storm or for clearing out the sinuses due to spring allergies. We’re in this special time of year where snow and allergies can coincide, so lovely.

At least we have soup.

ginger miso udon soup


Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Liz March 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hey, Lisa! I’ve been a reader since shortly after you began this blog but have never commented. First, I’d be remiss in not remarking about your food (as well as other) photography; your pictures have always been fine but your hard work is evident as you’ve gotten Really Good! I’m no critic but that second soup photo looks (to me) like a pro shot it. It’s also inspiring me to make soup as we’re plummeting back to -2 tonight, here in VT.

    Secondly, as to not being too busy to be present? That’s a hard one in our culture. This is pretty obvious but I think one way to try might be to write down every single thing you do -& the time it took to do- for two weeks. Then sit down with it & look for covert patterns/things that you do but neither enjoy/need to do – and make a conscious attempt to stop doing them. Also, consolidate as much as is possible, and ease up on yourself (if you can) with household chores (i.e., dust every two wks., etc.). By “you,” I’m not referring to You, Lisa, just generalizing. And just like I’m no photo critic, I’m a Del. Rm. RN, not a life coach. If my ideas seem overly inane/obvious, I’m not surprised – my own organizational skills are Laughable!

    This “comment” seems to have turned into an essay – sorry about that! I do want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Selfishly, I miss the days of much more frequent entries but I understand completely and am glad for you. From what you’ve written it sounds like you love your job and your tone seems lighter & happier than it occasionally did when you were in Boston. And that makes me happy. It’s been a pleasure to follow you on your (mind-boggling changing 🙂 path over the past 18 mos. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Lisa March 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      i Liz,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been really struggling with whether I really have enough to share with my readers, especially now that I don’t have nearly as many recipes. It was so nice to hear that there are people who are still interested in what I have to write. Thank you for the compliment on my photos as well. It’s a slow learning curve but I’m working on it.

      As for your advice, it’s really helpful. Maybe you should become a life coach 🙂 There are plenty of activities that I can think of right now that I do all the time that don’t bring me any joy. I’m going to track it more consciously and see what I can cut out. Now this is becoming a novel!

      Thanks again for commenting, it made my day.

  • Reply Katya Covrett March 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks, Lisa!

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