Family Friendly Fridays: Nummy Noodle Soup

There’s 93 days left until Christmas.  I know, I probably shouldn’t be talking about it yet, but the reason I bring it up is because there’s only 52 days left until the Grove Park Inn Gingerbread competition and, call me crazy, but I’m thinking I might want to try and enter this year.  I’m not inspired to win it all (have you seen some of the winning entries?  If not, check them out HERE.  You’ll be amazed, I promise), I really just want to try my hand at a gingerbread house that’s a level or two up from what my kids could create and then use it to spend an amazing discounted (all entrants get a discount to the hotel) weekend in a beautiful setting to officially ring in the holiday season.

So what I’m hoping to ask all of you for is some inspiration for the theme of the design.  I have a few ideas in mind already, but I know you guys are a creative group so I’m throwing it out to hear what you have to say!  It doesn’t have to be a house either.  They encourage you to get creative and try different ideas.  Nicholas has told me to make a Death Star Christmas theme, but I’m not 100% convinced with that one yet.

Being Friday, it’s also time for another round of Family Friendly Fridays!  Today I’m going to throw up a Nummy Noodle Soup that all three of my kids absolutely loved!  Between the noodles and the tofu chunks, they couldn’t get enough.  We bought our ramen noodles at an international grocery store but I’m guessing that if you just bought the regular everyday ones at the store and threw away the sodium flavor packet, they would work just as well.

As always, the link up is at the bottom of the post.  Feel free to link up any family friendly post you’d like.  It can be food, crafts, posts about your kids, or the like.  Let’s make some nummy noodle soup!

Ingredients Needed:

6 Cups of Vegetable Broth
1 Inch of Fresh Ginger, Chopped
2 Green Onions, Chopped
2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce
1 tsp of Sesame Oil
1 Pkg of Ramen Noodles
2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
1 Pkg of Firm Tofu, Cubed
1 tsp of Soy Sauce
1 tsp of Sesame Oil

Grab a large pan and add in your broth, ginger, 2 tbsp of soy, 1 tsp of the sesame oil and the green onions.  Heat up on medium heat.

While the broth is heating up, grab another saute pan and heat up the other tsp of sesame oil and the tsp of soy sauce on medium high heat.  When it’s good and hot, throw in your cubed tofu.

Let it cook up for a good 5 to 7 minutes, turning occassionally, until the tofu is golden brown on the outside.

Back in your soup pan with the now hot broth, add in the noodles and give them about 5-7 minutes to soak into the soup and get soft.

Once the noodles are soft, add in your spinach and give it a spin or two around the pan.  Allow a couple minutes for it to wilt completely.

Finally, add in your cooked tofu to the soup and give it a minute to heat it up.

Soup’s on my friends!  Have a great weekend!

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Nummy Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

6 Cups of Vegetable Broth
1 Inch of Fresh Ginger, Chopped
2 Green Onions, Chopped
2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce
1 tsp of Sesame Oil
1 Pkg of Ramen Noodles
2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
1 Pkg of Firm Tofu, Cubed
1 tsp of Soy Sauce
1 tsp of Sesame Oil

Directions:

Grab a large pan and add in your broth, ginger, 2 tbsp of soy, 1 tsp of the sesame oil and the green onions. Heat up on medium heat.

While the broth is heating up, grab another saute pan and heat up the other tsp of sesame oil and the tsp of soy sauce on medium high heat. When it's good and hot, throw in your cubed tofu. Let it cook up for a good 5 to 7 minutes, turning occassionally, until the tofu is golden brown on the outside.

Back in your soup pan with the now hot broth, add in the noodles and give them about 5-7 minutes to soak into the soup and get soft.

Once the noodles are soft, add in your spinach and give it a spin or two around the pan. Allow a couple minutes for it to wilt completely. Finally, add in your cooked tofu to the soup and give it a minute to heat up.

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35 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Nummy Noodle Soup”

  1. 1

    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — September 24, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    Oh my goodness, PLEASE DO IT! I will be your cheerleader ;)

    I’ll be thinking on the theme! How exciting.

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    Brenda — September 24, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Go for it Julie. You are amazingly talented and I know you would do an awesome job!!

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    Katerina — September 24, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I am counting the days until Christmas too. Today is rainy and chilly here, this soup is ideal for this weather.

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    Jessica Nunemaker — September 24, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    That’s really neat!

    It’s becoming a tradition that we have the neighbor girls from next door come over and the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Maybe this year *I* should also get creative with it — instead of buying one of those pre-made things!

    Yup, feeling inspired! :)

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — September 24, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    In a complete reversal of previous opinion, my daughter now loves soup! That looks delicious. I’m still amused by those curly noodles myself.

    Also, I’m not quite ready for a Christmas countdown and I thought I was the original season rusher!

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    Jade @ No Longer 25 — September 24, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    This soup looks yummy, this is the time of year here for soup that’s for sure. In the last week I’ve made broccoli and stilton then tomato soup last night. I’ll have to make some noodle soup soon too.

    I can’t believe those ginger bread entries – they are so amazing! I look forward to seeing what you can produce – I would have no idea where to start! Good luck with it!
    Jade

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    Maranda — September 24, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh this looks so good! I love ginger and Little Butt loves tofu! We’ll have to make this for a girl’s night once the weather turns cooler. Thanks for sharing!

    I’ll keep thinking on the gingerbread “house” idea. I think the deathstar might actually be quiet fun. ;-)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — September 24, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    This soup looks awesome. I love those ramen noodles :) As for the gingerbread competition, I say go for it! I have no good ideas for you, unfortunately, but I have no doubt you’ll come up with something creative :)

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    anne — September 24, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    mmmm, nummy!!

    i’ll get back to you on the gingerbread house idea….anne

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    Anna Johnston — September 24, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    You will hear lots of excited clapping & cheering going on all the way from Oz if you enter this competition Julie. I adore this sort of cookery but know my limits all too well. You go girl :)

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — September 24, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    The noodle soup DOES look nummy!

    As for the gingerbread competition–we’ve gone to see the competition every year that we’ve lived here. They are utterly amazing! Some of the things they do are unfathomable–look like they can’t possibly be made out of food! Even the teen and child exhibits are mind-boggling.

    All I can say is you have WAY more patience and skill than I do, if you plan to enter! Good for you. The ones that wins are usually pretty out-of-the-box! Think non-house…

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    Elizabeth — September 25, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    Soup looks yummy. GIngerbread ideas I have no clue but I say go for it!

    visiting from SITS

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    Ameena — September 25, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Remember the $0.33 dried ramen noodle packages? I used to eat those like they were going out of style! This looks a million times better than that! And totally do-able.

    Thank you for the blast from the past. :)

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — September 26, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    Your kiddos eat tofu? I’m impressed!

    • Julie replied: — September 26th, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

      Lindsay, my kids LOVE tofu!! Now my husband, that’s a different story. He’ll push it off to the side of the bowl and refuse to eat any of it. Silly man. He doesn’t know what he’s missing.

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    5 Star Foodie — September 26, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Such a yummy comforting and nutritious soup! Excellent recipe!

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    Chef Dennis — September 26, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    what a wonderful soup!! I have been looking for a good recipe using tofu for a soup!! thanks so much for this great recipe!

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    Melissa B. — September 26, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    Fall is finally here, I think. We suffered through a 90+ degree week last week, but temps today in the 60s, with rain scheduled the next three days. Sounds like soup weather to moi!

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    Charlotte — September 26, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    This soup looks amazing! And surprisingly simple. I’ll have to give it a whirl this week (I also love that most of your ingredients are from Trader Joe’s. They just opened up another in Manhattan, not far from where I work, so it’s super convenient).

    I can’t think of any ideas for gingerbread houses (though I think either a “Nightmare before Christmas” theme might be kind of cool, or one that incorporates favorite lyrics from a favorite band–maybe a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” kind of thing?). In any event, I’m sure whatever you end up with is going to be awesome–take pics!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — September 26, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    Can I have some please….it looks delicious! I can never have enough of noodles and tofu.

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    Holly L — September 30, 2010 @ 2:07 am

    I am so excited to try this…you have the best recipes!

    As for the gingerbread…if there are any kids or adult males voting, go for the Death Star.

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    erin margolin — October 1, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I love this! I became vegetarian earlier this year and so I’m excited to see recipes with tofu (I love tofu, but I get scared cooking w/ it—it always seems to fall apart). I found you over at Holly’s blog (504 Main) and am so glad I did. I love new/easy recipes like this and I bet my kids will love it, too! p.s. i’m your newest follower! Happy Friday!

    erin @ the mother load
    @erinlynn76

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    Ren TK — October 24, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Absolutely delicious!! Just made this for dinner. I put a couple of eggs in it too, it was amazing.

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    Isabella — May 8, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Delicious! Just finished eating a bowl and my husband is across the room slurping up the remains of his bowl. I’ll make this one again and again.

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    Pravina — January 29, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    Perfact comfort food f

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