Otherwise known as: a super quick + nutritious 1-pot meal.
Otherwise known as: I had no idea what to call this. Because the first recipe is literally four ingredients: miso, avocado, kale and buckwheat noodles. They’re all important! How can I leave any of them out of the title? But how ridiculous would “miso avocado kale buckwheat bowl” sound? Moving on…
The other night, after weeks of craving Chinese food, Erik and I decided to have a take out date night. I critically scanned the menus of a few places I’ve been wanting to try and the description of an egg and tomato soup caught my eye—a “hearty soup with tomatoes, stir-fried scrambled eggs and seasonal greens.” In my mind, this soup was a lovechild between a simple stir fry my old roommate used to make—tomatoes, sugar, soy sauce and egg—and wispy-egged egg drop soup. I made a mental note to make it later and went for the healthier choice of greasy eggplant smothered in garlic sauce instead.
As for the kale avocado WHATEVER bowl, that was born of making this noodle bowl for the first time…and then the second and the fourth and the fifth and so on. It is so crazyaddictinggood and after making it way too many times to admit over the course of a month, I’ve lazied it down to the following recipe with just four ingredients but the same explosive flavor. And it takes about 10 minutes to make (6 of which is because you have to boil water). It’s so good that I’ve gone through 3 heads of kale in a week for the past two weeks. WHO AM I.
Put together, this is a totally balanced and nutritious meal and it can all be made in one pot. I’m not trying to say this is the most authentic egg and tomato soup ever, but it does the trick for a healthy, warming, bowl of slightly spicy and tasty soup. Eaten with the noodle bowl, everything just comes together so well–the noodle bowl without the soup is like “where’s my protein” and the soup without the noodle bowl is like “where are my carbs.” (And greens.) Together, they’re a perfectly satisfying greasy-takeout-alternative-single-girl meal and the meal I will be eating for weeks to come since my Valentine’s weekend was honestly filled with far too much cake, if such a thing can be said.
Miso Avocado Bowl + Egg and Tomato Soup
- For the noodle bowl:
- Small handful of buckwheat noodles
- several cups of kale torn into bite-sized pieces
- ¼ medium avocado
- ½-1 tablespoon white miso paste or to taste
- lemon or lime juice optional
- Other optionals: shaved carrot edamame, sesame seeds, etc.
- For the soup:
- ½ can diced tomatoes
- good pinch sugar
- small knob of fresh ginger grated
- 1.5 cups vegetable broth
- splash of soy sauce
- 1 egg
- sesame oil optional
- fish sauce optional
- For the noodles:
- Cook the buckwheat noodles as directed in a pot of salted water. Several minutes before the noodles are done, stir in the kale and continue to cook until kale is wilted and bright green and noodles are done. Drain.
- Meanwhile, mash the avocado and miso in a bowl with a fork. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime, if using. Add the noodles and kale (and any optional veggies) and stir to coat. Eat!
- For the soup:
- Heat a medium pot over medium heat (i.e. the same pot you just used to boil noodles). Add the tomatoes and sugar and cook for a couple minutes until hot. Add the ginger, broth and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes. (I am usually too lazy to prep all my ingredients beforehand and usually stand over the pot grating the ginger into the broth with my lemon zester while it comes to a boil.)
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg until broken up. Slowly stream the egg into the pot with one hand while stirring the soup with the other. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil and/or fish sauce if you like.
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Another day, another head of kale…
Also: tomatoes. I can’t wait for them to be back in season so I can make these beauties!!!
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I have been wanting to use miso for a while now — haven’t ever experimented with it before. This sounds like the perfect excuse. 😉 I’ve been on SUCH a big kale kick lately!
Oh you should!!! I was the same way for the longest time and now I make sure I never run out! It’s the best addition to EVERYTHING.
Lan | morestomach
my love of noodles, whether in soup or stir fry, is boundless. i am always on the lookout for noodle bowl inspiration. my other favorite ingredients are avocado and kale, two things i would never have thought to put with noodles before. genius.
Thank you Lan! Avocados are actually one of my favorite things to pair with pasta. There are all these recipes for avocado “cream sauce” or pesto that is basically avocado, garlic, herbs and olive oil blended together. It is SO simple and delicious over pasta!!
I need more noodle bowls in my life. I love how healthy, fast, and delicious this is! You make me crave lunch at 8:00, Erika!
Thanks Mary Frances! I think the world definitely needs more noodle bowls!
Selena @ thenutritiouskitchen.com
Absolutely love the simplicity of this recipe! I had far too many sweets myself this weekend and I am still finishing off all the leftover chocolates so a healthy + balanced meal is something that would do me good right now!
Definitely pinning this 🙂 Will probably sub in spinach instead of kale…do you think red miso paste will work instead of white?
Oh sigh–Selena, that is absolutely my life right now. Sugar galore. This is my attempt at whipping myself back into shape!
You know, I’ve never used red miso paste before! So I have no idea really, but I THINK it would be awesome? Just a guess. Also, please try kale with this sometime 🙂 I am NOT the world’s biggest kale fan, but it just gets so cooked down and slightly chewy and heartier than spinach could ever be in this…then again spinach would actually probably be pretty good. Huh. I’ll have to try that!
Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin
I would’ve never thought of adding these things together, but you might’ve just sold me. Also – seriously love the way you write. And who are you? Some ridiculously awesome and healthy bombshell, THAT’S what.
Awwww!! You made my night! I have been so down on my writing lately, but you are so nice/great/awesome to validate it. And YOU are the bombshell who is going to rock bikini season with all your healthiness!! Haha.
Shikha @ Shikha la mode
I love things in bowls, so I love this! Did you get buckwheat noodles from the Asian store?
Hmm tbh I think someone gave me the noodles. But yes, otherwise I would get them from an Asian market if I happened to be at one, but I’ve also seen them at my regular grocery store in the Asian aisle!
The Vegan 8
Oh my goodness this sounds incredible Erika. And SO simple, which is my favorite kind of meal! I eat avocados daily and never mixed them with miso…omg that sounds incredible. Quite honestly I think avocado would be good with anything. Guacamole is one of my very favorite foods. I love the addition of the tomato soup and noodles too…it all just truly, truly sounds so delicous and satisfying!
You are so fabulously healthy! And I agree about avocados…the fact that I used to hate them is mind-blowing now. Guac is so good! And thanks 🙂
Katie (The Muffin Myth)
Wow. Mashing miso and avocado together and that’s the sauce? Amazing. My head just exploded a little. And now I have to go get an avocado.
Aww if I made your mind explode, I think my life is complete 🙂 You are my guru of nutritious meals + health tips! Also, sometimes simple is the best, isn’t it? Maybe the fact that it’s so easy makes it taste better.
The Wimpy Vegetarian
I think kale and miso are beautiful together. The flavors are a perfect complement to each other! I need to see if I have any kale in the fridge – I have the rest of the ingredients . And it’s lunchtime!!
Yes! I couldn’t agree more. Ooh I’m jealous of you…I hope you were able to dig up some kale!!
Choc Chip Uru
Your photos are delicious, this looks so nutritious 😀
Perfect for a future college kid!
And I love your mobile layout!
Choc Chip Uru