I’m always looking for healthy things to add to our meal repertoire. It seems like there are so many buzzworthy and trendy things out there, it’s hard to keep track of what is really good for you and what’s just the next thing that people will move on from in a month or two.
To me, Bone Broth seemed like one of those things. I mean, how is it healthy? What makes it good for me? Like I usually do, I dove into my own research and from what I can find, this stuff appears to be legit. It is made using the bones of the chicken (or beef for beef bone broth). The collagen from the bones seeps into the broth and provides So. Many. Nutrients. It helps protect your joints, it is good for overall gut health, it helps maintain healthy skin and nails, it supports the immune system, helps with detoxing the body, it boosts your metabolism and aids in digestion. It is really easy to make your own, but it is time consuming. I used store-bought from Sprouts. They say drinking a cup a day you will really notice the benefits. I haven’t done that yet, but the flavor of the broth I used was so delish, I could probably give it a try.
Miso is another thing I am pretty new to. I know it isn’t a food trend like Bone Broth, but I just tried miso soup for the first time about a month ago and it was SOOOOO GOOOOOOODDD! I’ve been seriously missing out. When I was looking into bettering my gut health, miso was one of the options that came up as a probiotic. It also helps aid digestion, is good for blood pressure, and is a good source of nutrients like vitamin K and folic acid.
So now that I have these two new gut health superheroes at my culinary disposal, I thought, why not combine them? I bought some soba noodles awhile back (their own health benefits including being fat free, gluten free, high in manganese, vitamins, protein, and fiber) and thought I’d add those to the mix as well. Make my own version of chicken noodle soup!
I wasn’t sure exactly how it would turn out, but it was yummy. The hubs had two servings! If anyone else has any yummy ways to use miso or bone broth, just let me know!
Bone Broth Miso Chicken Noodle Soup
8 cups Chicken Bone Broth
1 pound chicken thighs
¼ cup white miso (you can use any miso you like)
1 ½ cups baby carrots, chopped (it was about a cup and half after I chopped each on into thirds)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Leaves from 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
A splash each of soy sauce (can use aminos) and rice wine vinegar
A good sized handful of baby spinach, torn
¼ to 1/3 of the package of soba noodles, broken
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped green onions, white and light green parts, for garnish
In a heavy soup pot, bring the bone broth to a boil. Add the chicken thighs and poach for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Remove the chicken and add the miso, stirring until it is combined into the broth.
Add the garlic powder, thyme, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, spinach, and carrots. Keep a medium boil until the carrots are just about soft.
Check the package directions on your soba noodles to see how long they need to cook. Mine were about 7 minutes, so I added the noodles and cooked them until they were almost done. Then I added the chicken back to the pot and mixed it all together and continued cooking until the noodles were done. Taste the broth to see if you want to add any salt or pepper. With the miso and the soy being salty-ish on their own, you may not need to add anything.
Serve the soup with a sprinkling of chopped green onions and enjoy!