Protein-Packed Udon Noodle Soup with Kale and Kimchi + My Friday Shares

I recently taught a class on making lacto-fermented vegetables. We talked about sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi, and I demo’ed how to make kimchi. I used a recipe just a wee bit different from this one…I’ve been making it over and over and I love it. One of the ways I like to eat it is mixed into this Asian-inspired Udon noodle soup.

udon soup with kimchi | healthy green kitchen

This soup is ridiculously tasty; it’s also infinitely variable. Here’s how I make mine, along with some of my favorite ways to change it up (and you’ll find my “Friday Shares” at the bottom of this post):

udon soup with kimchi | healthy green kitchen

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Coconut Milk Soup with Wild Salmon and Kale (plus My Favorite Cold and Flu Remedies)

A couple of days ago, I woke with that sort of tell-tale throat tickle and overall sense of malaise that just makes you want to stay in bed all day. It was a Saturday so fortunately I was able to rest a lot, but given the numerous nasty colds–and the terrible flu–that are going around, I was also proactive that day about taking steps to try to avoid getting sicker. The next morning I felt better, and today I feel even better still, so in addition to the recipe for a terrific immune-boosting soup, I’d like to share with you what I do when I feel like I am starting to come down with any sort of winter “bug”.

Without fail, whenever I feel under the weather, I make something very similar to this Coconut Milk Soup with Wild Salmon and Kale. Homemade stock (made from bones) and coconut milk both contain anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties so I love to combine them for the broth. Adding fresh ginger, chile peppers, and nutrient-dense organic greens and pumpkin or winter squash “ups” the healing potential here even further; I also included wild salmon so this soup contains high quality protein as well as omega-3s. Keep in mind that the omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for proper functioning of the immune system and should be a regular part of your everyday diet…not just when you get sick.

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Seared Wild Salmon with Spicy Brown Butter Corn and Cucumbers

If you read my post about why and how to choose fish wisely, then you know that I think wild Alaskan salmon is a great choice for those who eat fish. I generally gravitate toward Asian flavors when I make salmon- and I typically utilize the broiler or grill- so when I spied the recipe … Read more

Honey-Soy Roasted Salmon and Parents Need to Eat, Too Giveaway

honey and soy roasted salmon

I had the good fortune of meeting Debbie Koenig for the first time at a Food Writer’s Conference two years ago. She was in the very early stages of writing her first book at that point, and I’ve enjoyed reading her blog, and catching up with her in person whenever possible, ever since. What I … Read more

Endive, Kale, and Smoked Salmon Salad with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Discover Endive. I received a complimentary box of California endive and I am being compensated for my efforts to promote California Endive; all opinions are 100% mine. About a year ago, I had the opportunity to create this Braised Endive recipe in conjunction with … Read more