Kimchi Miso Ramen

With a wedding coming up too quickly, money is tight.

One of Todd’s favorite foods is Ramen.  Any Asian noodles really, but Ramen especially.

We really enjoy going to ‘Convoy’ and picking from a wide variety of restaurants to get our noodle fix.  If you don’t know, Convoy is a street in SD filled with Asian restaurants and markets.  But with $$ on our mind, we can’t eat out as often as we’d like.

Top Ramen costs somewhere between 15-25 cents/packet.  Todd typically eats two at a time… so max of 50 cents.  Not the most healthy meal but economical that’s for sure.

I typically like to avoid those little packets of MSG that come along with the Ramen. Miso is great for you & a wonderful substitute.  Add some homemade kimchi and maybe some mushrooms, egg or tofu and you have a delicious meal.

MISO RAMEN

Ramen noodles (any style you’d like)

Water or broth

Miso paste

Boil water & cook noodles to your liking.  Add any veggies/proteins you’d like. Remove from heat & add miso paste to taste (~3 Tablespoons). There are many styles of Miso. The ligher in color, the lighter in taste.  Test them out and see what you like best.

For extra flavor, try squeezing some lime for tang, adding spice with sriracha and don’t forget the kimchi!

I LOVE Kimchi.  I’ve made it before, but didn’t post it on this little blog.  I’m going to share it now!  The recipe I used came from Food and Wine.  For all the wonderful health benefits of Kimchi, click here.

KIMCHI

What you need:

2 heads cabbage

1/2 lb daikon radish

1/2 small onion

1/4 cup sugar

10 garlic cloves

1 inch knob of ginger

2/3 cup of salt

3/4 cup gochugaru (Korean red pepper powder)

1 bunch scallions

Steps:

Cut the cabbage in quarters, and then in slices.  Put into two large bowls & cover each bowl with 1/3 cup salt.  Let sit for 45 minutes.  Mix cabbage and let sit for another 45 minutes.

Fill sink with cold water & wash salt off of cabbage.  It might take two times.  Drain & lightly pat cabbage with towel to dry.

In a magic bullet or some other blender, puree garlic, ginger, sugar & onion.  Add fish sauce and blend.

Chop daikon into matchsticks & scallions into 2 inch pieces.

Toss daikon and scallions with cabbage.  Add garlic mixture & red chili powder & mix well.

**I forgot this step & ended up adding the daikon later & just leaving out the scallions all together. Oops no biggie..**

Pack cabbage into 1 qt mason jars.  Cover cabbage with plastic wrap & put the caps on loosely to allow the air bubbles to escape.

Let stand at room temperature for 3 days until kimchi is bubbly.  Taste it, it should be tangy and delicious.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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Enjoy!!  Hope you’re having a great week! :)

 

 

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My Fitness/Yoga Journey

I was an active child.  I played softball, basketball, danced & even did some cheer leading & soccer.

In high school I played on the JV softball team my freshman & sophomore year & the freshman basketball team my freshman year.

Come junior year, I didn’t make the Varsity softball team.  There was a group of 9 girls the same age who grew up playing together. All 9 of us made the JV team as freshman.. the problem was when it was time to move up, there just wasn’t enough room.  So.. long story somewhat short, I was an odd man out & didn’t make the team.  This was tough for me.. it was the first time I didn’t make a team I tried out for.. first time I was introduced to ‘failure’ really.

My junior & senior year I didn’t do anything athletic really.. it was a rough time for my family.  I finished up high school & did everything I could to get into college & try and get some scholarships to pay for it.

Alright.. fast forward to college. I went to one try out for the softball team & deemed it too much time & commitment.  I also think I was very intimidated since I hadn’t played since sophomore year.

My health & fitness went up and down for the 4 years of college.  Lets call it phases.  At one point I was taking gym classes (step..abs..) a couple times a week & running on the treadmill. Then there were periods of time where I didn’t do much.. at all.  Naturally, my weight fluctuated a little too.

My diet was similar.  I remember a phase where I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast & then ate only vegetables with a protein here and there for the rest of the day.  Probably not enough fuel for my body.  Then there was the late night mexican food & some not so healthy times.. Dorm food was the best, in my opinion.. I had free range to a salad bar and fresh carved sandwiches whenever I wanted.  I missed that when I moved out.  You could never have all of those veggies in your house at one time!

College is college & I think everyone has some sort of food or weight thing going on, right? That is where the term ‘Freshman 15′ came from..

Let’s talk yoga.  My first yoga class was a UCSD fitness class.  This class put yoga on my spectrum.  I was then introduced to Bikram Yoga by a roommate.  Bikram yoga is 90 minutes long & it is in a pretty hot & humid room.  I loved this style of yoga.  I loved sweating & I felt like I was getting a workout!  Bikram was my only form of exercise for a couple years after college.  But, like most things, in phases.. I’d go 4+ times per week & then I wouldn’t go for months.  But, I loved it.  It was a challenge, you’d get in a good sweat, and it was a chance to clear my mind.

As you can see, I exercised.  Off and on.  I ate healthy, off and on.  I took care of myself, off and on.  Come 2008, I turned over a new leaf.  I took my health & fitness to a new level.  I began eating healthy most of the time, exercised more regularly & I started this little blog.

From 2008 till now..

I’ve Ran:

9 Half Marathons

2 Full Marathons

2 Ragnar Relays (1 regular, 1 ultra!) —Revised to add these, almost forgot! :)

I’ve completed:

2 Half Ironmans

3 Sprint Triathlons

2 International Distance Triathlons

I’ve also continued & expanded my yoga practice. I did my share of Bikram but in the last couple of years Todd & I have tried many new to us studios close by.. mostly those that offer groupons. :)

We’ve ventured away from Bikram for the most part but there are many good sides to Bikram.  That practice draws people into yoga! If you are into fitness but are leary about yoga, Bikram may just hook you. It’s a very challenging, athletic set sequence that keeps you wanting more. Eventually, you may explore and find something you like better.  Something that is less structured, something that’s not always 90 minutes long, and something with variety.  Everyday our bodies are different.  One day you may crave an intense Bikram style yoga class but the other day your body may need to restore itself.

Once called Haute Yoga, now Yoga Six became our yoga home.  The luxury of locker rooms & showers in a yoga studio make such a difference! Yoga Six has a wide range of class options.  There’s a class for every level & style from restorative yoga to a Sculpt or Barre class.

Now, with all that being said, I still function in phases.  But I think life happens in phases and that’s not all bad.  I’m trying to find my balance & be somewhat consistent.

My mantra for life is Balance.

I try to have balance between work & play and I use the same motto for my diet & exercise.

Yoga helps me to find balance in my life.  The life I live is fast paced.. always trying to do too much.  One hour of yoga for me is like pressing the reset button.

Yoga calms the mind & body & teaches us how to extend that feeling off the mat.

Yoga helps us to live in the present moment & be grateful for it!

Yoga teaches patience for oneself & those around us.

If everyone practiced yoga, the world would be a better place.

Yoga Benefits

And this my friends is why I joined Yoga Six’s teacher training program!  I think everyone can benefit from yoga.  So why not try it out?

Teaching yoga is like learning a new language & every time I step into the teaching role, I sweat & am soo nervous.  This process will take time but I think it will help me in all areas of my life.

Public speaking is a big one.. I can definitely use practice speaking in front of groups.  I am somewhat of a perfectionist.. Todd has helped to calm this trait down a lot.  Teaching yoga is going to force me to let my guard down.. make mistakes.. and learn from them.  Then and only then will I relax & grow.

So here goes nothing! I’m on a sub list & have a community class on Saturdays now.  Yay!

I think I just rambled.. hope you enjoyed it! ha

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