A Hot Pot of Miso Soup

My family is sick: the husband with a sore throat, the baby with the start of a sniffle, and the kid with a glorious case of Overdoing-Just-Need-to-Stay-Home. I feel like a jersey cow for an insatiable nursling and a nursemaid with hot tea and sympathy for everyone else.

I had expected a fun holiday weekend! There were barbecues to attend and beaches to sloth on. The kiddos’ need for comfort and my husband’s need for space begin to push my buttons and soon the inner martyr in me starts up inside my head: SHE never gets to rest when I’m sick. SHE never sleeps in. SHE never gets comfort when her throat hurts.

I take a deep breath and choose, today, to not complain at my annoying family. Tweet this

…this annoying family that I love with every part of my being but who know better than anyone exactly where I keep my goat. 1-Mississippi-2 Mississipi-3, and I remember the hot Cold Care tea my husband made me two nights ago when I was feeling run-down. 4-Mississippi-5-Mississippi-6 I remember the extra sleep I got while he took the baby for endless bounces around the living room and I rested with a lavender sachet on my eyes and a Yoga Nidra meditation coming in through my earphones.

7-Mississippi-8 Mississippi-9…

Tweet: It turns out my inner martyr is being a bit of a bitch.

I take a few more breaths and pad into the kitchen to make my peace offering. My inner martyr keeps quiet while we eat miso soup together. It’s salty and warm and it’s good for what ails us.

I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.

(I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.)


Want to make miso soup?


Simple Miso Soup
 (Serves 4)

You will need:

coconut oil

a red Onion

garlic to taste

a bell pepper

optional chives or green onions


a stock pot and a knife

a small mixing bowl or cup

wee serving bowls

Make it:

1. Take a small stock pot and heat 1tablespoon of coconut oil

2. When it is hot, add the following, diced small:

  • 1 red onion
  • as much garlic as you like (we like a lot, upwards of 5-6 cloves. we like dragon breath when we are getting sick.)
  • half a green bell pepper (or really any other veg you think would taste good to you)

3. Cook these until they soften, 3-5 minutes. Don’t spoil the antibacterial properties and good taste of this soup by letting the garlic burn.)

4. When the veggies are soft, add 4-6 cups of water to the pot

5. Bring to a boil to make a nice broth.

6. In a small bowl or cup, mix 2-4 tablespoons of organic yellow miso in 1/4 cup of water.

7. Remove your pot from the burner and add the miso mixture, stirring well.

8. You may want to garnish with chives or green onions if you have them.

9. Allow this to cool slightly and then serve it up with love.



Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.



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