When I’m feeling this way, I tend to focus on a few immediate and necessary rituals that keep me solid:
- Healthy Meals. It’s my energy. I do invest in it.
- Organization and Cleanliness. This goes for trimmed toenails to a neat workspace. I feel much better when things are tidy.
- Call to my Mom & Sisters. They love me and I love them. A random side conversation about my nephew’s first-time adventures in church can make me giggle any day.
- Exercise. The days where I have zero energy, are the days I need it most.
- A Hands-On Art Project. I’m a designer, an artist, a woman of craft. I can’t escape it and in fact it brings an element of focus and beauty to my physical world. I just finished building benches for the back yard.
Going back to #1 (healthy meals), I threw together this very comforting, belly soothing recipe when I had almost nothing in my fridge besides the essentials. I really can’t wait to release this new Eat Real Challenge eBook. It is AMAZINGLY different from the last and it breaks down kitchen essentials to a “T.”
For now, enjoy my NEW go-to favorite when I’m maxed with time and have a stress-caused stomach ache.
8 cups water
2” fresh ginger, sliced thick
2 star anise
¼ cup organic miso paste
Handful of wakame or kombu seaweed (not the kind you use for sushi) – optional
1 egg, raw
3 cups bok choy, washed and roughly chopped
2 cups cauliflower (or other veggies), in small florets
2 tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
4 soft boiled eggs, shelled
1 cup wild rice (or other rice or noodles) – optional
NOTE: you can also add organic tofu cubes if you’d like as well
- In a large pot, boil water with ginger slices, star anise, miso paste and seaweed. Using the back of a large spoon, mash the miso until it disintegrates. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat for 5 minutes. Taste and add more miso paste if you’d like.
- Add chopped bok choy and cauliflower. Cook until tender, then crack one egg into the broth and stir to break apart.
- Sprinkle white pepper, then taste. (NOTE: white pepper is strong, so if you don’t like spicy, keep it to a minimum).
- Add pre-cooked and shelled boiled egg to the broth to reheat.
- Remove ginger slices and star anise, then serve miso broth, cooked vegetables, and one boiled egg over a bowl of wild rice or soba noodles. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and green onions. Enjoy!
(It also makes for great left overs)