I have been taking things easy lately. I’ve come down with a cold and taken it as a sign that I just need to slow down. I don’t need to be a supermum – I don’t need to write a new blog post everyday – heck, I don’t even need to keep up with the laundry or dishes or constantly be cooking amazing meals. Sometimes, you just need to look after yourself…
So one way I looked after myself was by making this steaming hot veggie noodle soup. You know when you’re sick and the “ultimate” remedy is chicken noodle soup? Well, not in this house.
I used my spiralizer to create vegetable noodles, and I added some pearled barley to give a bit of heartiness to the soup. If you feel like something lighter, you can leave the barley out and reduce the cooking time – just cook until the vegetables are soft enough for your liking.
Another way I have been looking after myself is by watching Twilight (and the subsequent movies). For about the hundredth time. I’m not even kidding. Forks is my happy place, and when I’m feeling a bit down, I like to review the books and/or movies. This time, I wondered if Stephenie Meyer ended up completing Midnight Sun. Unfortunately she hasn’t, however I did find a fanfiction ending that has provided me with hours of late-night entertainment! Next, I’ll be reading the fanfiction sequels – New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn from Edward’s perspective. Truthfully, if I got a bit of extra sleep I might cure my cold a little faster, but to be inside Edward’s head…it’s worth being sick for a few more days!
Ok. Enough about Twilight…more about this soup. So easy. Six ingredients. Oh, and if you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t fret! You can make linguine-type noodles with a vegetable peeler – just peel the carrot and zucchini. And keep peeling. And peeling. Until it’s all peeled into noodles :) you’re welcome!
- 1L water
- ½ cup pearled barley
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 carrot
- 1 zucchini
- Bring the water to the boil.
- Add the barley and soy sauce.
- Simmer for 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely dice the garlic and spiralize* the carrot and zucchini.
- Add the vegetables to the soup.
- Continue to simmer for another 20 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
I’m sharing this noodle soup at Healthy Vegan Fridays and Savoring Saturdays.
- How do you take care of yourself when you are feeling ill?
- Confess: are you a Twilight fan too? (what is it with vegans and vampires anyway? I can’t even figure out my own fascination…)
- What meals do you like to use for spiralizer for? (Until recently, I exclusively used it for zoodles!)