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The Healing Power of Soup for a January Evening in Reno

Gino The Soup Man Soup display at Whole Foods.
Gino The Soup Man Soup display at Whole Foods.

It’s January, and the holiday hangover is in full swing. I am hanging on to my resolutions by my fingernails and I am having a day of feeling like I am running full speed into brick walls. Don’t even ask me if that printer works, I am not tech support on top of everything else!

So, tonight, I am giving myself a little bowl of care for me soup to warm my soul and help me make it to the heaven of next weekend’s many dips and chicken wings. Soup in January should be a law. And, Reno loves its soups.

 Ramen – Depending on what you order at Momiji in Sparks or Momiji 2 in Reno, you will be brought a bowl of miso, vegetable, chicken or pork broth filled with freshly made ramen noodles and maybe bites of vegetables, slices of meat, cubes of tofu, a soft boiled egg or even curry. The bowls are big, but don’t miss the karaage or the house-made gyoza to start. Please note, these are cash only restaurants, so make a quick stop at the ATM before you go.

Pho – There are so many great Pho restaurants in Reno, how do you choose the best? For me, Pho might mean a trip downtown to Golden Flower on Fifth Street or stopping by Pho in the Target shopping center on South Virginia. But how can I leave out Asian Noodles in the Costco Center in Reno? Each are delicious and it is nice to know no matter where we are in town we are only 10 minutes from a bowl of steaming broth, savory meats and a plate of crisp, fresh vegetables to mix in. What is your favorite place for Pho?

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Sometimes you just need a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich to dip in it. Go to Süp and tell them what you need. Sit down and they will bring a lovely bowl with a warm, gooey, toasty sandwich and a small cookie to have after you finished your meal, even if you don’t eat your crusts.

Soup for home – Gino The Soupman has you covered when all you want is a bowl of soup, your PJs and the remote. Magical Mushroom & Barley, Krazy Kale & Lentil, French Onion, so many to choose from and many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Sure you can have a bowl at Great Full Gardens or you can stop in to their MidTown location for a pint or quart to take home. The soups are also available in the freezer at the Reno Co-Op or Whole Foods.

Rejuvenating January Soup – What about a fast soup you can make at home? Here is a quick and easy little soup for your January soul.

Get out a medium-size sauce pan or stock pot. Start with a cup each of chopped onion, carrots and celery, I like bite-sized pieces that fit nice on a spoon, but you can chop them smaller or larger depending on that you like. Sauté them over medium heat in some olive oil for about five minutes until your onions are translucent.

Add in about a cup of some chopped cauliflower, zucchini or green beans, maybe some leftover cooked chicken or even some tofu if you have it in the fridge. Then pour in one of those 32-ounce boxes of chicken or veggie broth and a 15-ounce can of chopped tomatoes, but only if you like tomatoes. Cook for about 20-30 minutes at a simmer.

At this point many you want some more veggies in the soup, think about tossing in a handful or two of chopped spinach, kale or even cabbage and a then possibly a 15-ounce can of rinsed kidney, black or garbanzo beans. Don’t like beans, throw in a leftover cup of quinoa, rice or pasta instead (or maybe in addition to if you are feeling wild).

Simmer until the veggies are cooked and everything is warmed through – about 10-15 more minutes. Get a ladle, a bowl and maybe a few crackers and sip some soulful soup. The soup could feed four, with maybe some leftovers if a salad or a sandwich is involved.

Take care of yourselves this month Mamas! And tell me where you the best bowl of soup is in Reno.

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About Shelle Murach

Shelle Murach
Shelle Murach has been an Aunt since 1985. She specializes in saying things like, “Should that child be doing that to her brother?” “Where did that juice box go?” "Can Aunt Shelle have some of your Cheez-its?” She is an expert at attending dance recitals, soccer games and ice skating competitions all while clapping or cheering at the appropriate moments.While she is very good at passing out cake at birthday parties, due to an unfortunate incident with a stick, her husband has made her promise to never again help with piñatas. Something about lawsuits and personal injury nonsense. She precariously balances being a full-time Aunt with a career in PR and has found that many of her client management skills can also be used on her various nieces and nephews. She is very excited to be part of Reno Mom’s Blog where she will focus on the Reno food and events scene, booster seats and face paint are optional. You can check out her blog at Care & Feeding in Reno, where she desperately needs to post some new stories and recipes. Trust me, she knows, it is on the list.

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