Nothing is better than a homemade soup. BUT…. sometimes it’s a pain to make everything from scratch (especially broth). To save some time (and not sacrifice flavor), I’ve been using Nona Lim’s broths.
I freakin’ love these broths because they’re local (Oakland, CA), taste good, and have great ingredients. So whenever I’m in a pinch- I whip up a quick meal with them. I’ve been using Nona Lim’s beef pho and miso ramen broth religiously, but I wanted to venture outside of my comfort zone. So I contacted Nona Lim & they sent me a few other broths to try. I love that the brand has a lot of variety and has some vegan options too.
In our Busy Girl recipes, we try to keep it to 5 ingredients or less and keep the steps super simple. These broth cut down on A LOT of cooking time.
- Nona Lim broth (the spicy Szechuan is my favorite of the 3, but all of them are quite good)**
- Nona Lim Hakata Ramen (FYI- the whole wheat one is less caloric.)
- Cooked chicken breast/thighs (a rotisserie chicken works well for this) or tofu cutlet (I like this one)
- Pick 2 veggies (sweet potato, shallots, shitake mushrooms, bak choy, chopped carrots, chopped celery)*
- Pick one fresh herb (cilantro, basil, parsley)*
- Optional: Sriracha (hehe- I like my soup “SOOUUPER” spicy)
*What makes a really good soup are the fresh ingredients, so I recommend cooking in some fresh veggies and sprinkling some basil or cilantro on top of the finished soup. It makes the flavor of the soup much more complex.
**Keep in mind, the broths are healthy, but still pretty high in sodium. Sometimes I like to add a cup of water to bring down the salt content per serving. Because we’re adding all these veggies, you shouldn’t lose a lot of flavor.
Instructions. I usually try to keep the instructions really simple, so you’re not scrolling through a million tasks.
- Bring broth to a medium boil.
- Add veggies and cook until desired consistency.
- Add cooked meat or tofu cutlet.
- Add ramen and cook per instructions on back of box.
- Take off stove and add chopped herbs on top.
And that’s it. Super easy, and delicious. Sometimes I buy these broths in bulk and just keep them in my freezer until I’m ready to use them. It makes healthy eating a lot easier.