With the holiday season in full swing, it’s another busy day at the Kelly house and I’ve got a list that’s a mile long to accomplish. Of course, like most women, I start the day feeling ready to “go”…I’m on it! Then reality sets in, there simply is not enough hours in the day to check everything off that darn list. What’s a girl to do? Make life a little easier on herself! When I’m feeling stressed, turning to simple, nutritious and warming foods that are easily prepared seems to calm down my need to overachieve. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Forbidden Rice Ramen Bowls made with a simple roasted butternut squash soup and gingered kale. The perfect one-dish meal for a busy, cool winter night.
Now when I say “Ramen,” I’m not talking about the sodium laced ramen noodle packs of past. No way! I’m talking about Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice® Ramen Noodles. These traditional Japanese-style noodles are gluten-free and made from heirloom black rice. They’re ready to eat in under 5 minutes. The perfect addition to my butternut squash and gingered kale ramen bowls.
Benefits of forbidden rice:
- Forbidden rice is a rich anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid antioxidant found in many deeply pigmented foods such as beans, grapes, blueberries, and maqui berries. These anthocyanins help fight free radicals and may be helpful in reducing inflammation.
Benefits of ginger: (Used in both the soupy broth and kale in this recipe)
- A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger is known to benefit those suffering from musculoskeletal ailments. Ginger is also used around the world to relieve nausea and motion sickness.
Steps to a perfect ramen bowl:
- Create a tasty broth: I’ve used roasted butternut squash in my bowls, adding a sweet depth of flavor. (The broth is more like a thick soup, but I love that!)
- Add a vegetable element to your bowl: I’ve used my quick sautéed gingered kale. So easy and nutritious with a kick of ginger – also very warming and calming.
- Purchase high-quality ramen noodles and don’t overcook them. Typically these thin little noodles cook in about 3-4 minutes.
- Add a vegan protein. I had no time for anything fancy, so topped my bowls off with Austrian pumpkin seeds. So delicious and simple! Forbidden Rice Ramen Bowls2014-12-11 20:14:21Yields 4A warming bowl made with Forbidden Rice Ramen Noodles, Roasted Butternut Squash and Gingered KaleWrite a reviewIngredients
Roasted squash / soup
- 1 Package Forbidden Rice Ramen (4 ramen cakes are in each package - makes 4 bowls)
- 1 medium-large butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 4 cups)
- 1 tablespoon organic balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon organic extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon high-quality sea salt (I used Himalayan)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 cups roasted, diced butternut squash
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 3 small cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 4 cups organic vegetable broth (homemade or store-bought is fine)
- 1/2 teaspoon high quality sea salt
- Fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1 large bunch dino (Lacinato) kale, chopped (about 3-4 cups)
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare squash. Peel and cut squash into bite-size cubes. You should end up with about 4 cups of cubed squash.
- Add prepared squash to a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary and sea salt. Toss until well coated.
- Transfer to a large baking sheet and spread out in a single layer. Roast, tossing occasionally, until just tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
- Remove half the squash from the pan and set aside. (You'll only be using half of the roasted squash for your soup. The other half will be used to garnish your bowls).
- Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add chopped onion. Sautè 4-5 minutes or until translucent.
- Add garlic, ginger and rosemary. Stir and continue cooking another 2 minutes.
- Add half the roasted squash and 4 cups vegetable broth.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Continue to simmer 10 minutes. This goes quickly as the squash is already cooked. You're simply heating the broth and allowing the flavors to come together.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Allow to cool slightly. Use an immersion blender and blend until creamy.
- Using a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil, 1 tablespoon mirin and 1 heaping tablespoon freshly grated ginger. Give a stir. Sauté for 1 minute - you're wanting to make sure the ginger is sizzling. Quickly add your chopped kale and stir until well coated with the oil, mirin and ginger.
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari over the kale and stir.
- The kale should be bright green but soft when finished. The whole process takes 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Prepare noodles according to package direction.
- Divide soup and noodles among 4 bowls. Add roasted squash cubes, gingered kale and top with pumpkin seeds.
- Serve warm!
- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free
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