Two things I eat on a daily basis are melons and miso soup. I have a melon for breakfast pretty much every morning, especially on days when I know I’ll be consuming a lot of food. I love melons because they’re large, fun to eat, filling, and take forever to scoop out. Plus, they come in their own disposable bowl! I buy whatever is cheaper – it’s usually a toss up between a cantaloupe and a honeydew. Here’s the “recipe.”
Wash the melon – since you’re cutting the fruit, anything on the surface will go through the inside, along with the knife. I use a vegetable wash. Scoop out the seeds (Angelenos, you can discard them in the green compost bin) and devour with a spoon.
I really go to town on them – the melon is just a shell of its former self. I even eat the green parts, depending on how ripe they are. This one is particularly sweet, almost see-through by the time I am done with it. You will want to be careful eating melons first thing in the morning – I find that if I eat them later in the day I’ll get horrible stomach pains. There is a lot of nutritional research to back this up – just google “eat fruit on an empty stomach” and you’ll see why.
Miso soup is the other thing I eat almost every day. This is something I like to have at night when I’m feeling snacky, but don’t want to go to bed feeling too full.
This isn’t really a “recipe” either. Most miso soup requires a dashi, but this is a stripped-down version. Plus, it’s vegetarian.
Combine one tablespoon miso paste with 1 cup hot water. Finally, add 1/2 a torn sheet of nori, and Ume Plum Vinegar to taste. That’s it!
P.S. A lot of people ask where I get my spoons – they’re from my wedding registry at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. But here is a link where you can get them. They are kind of the perfect melon-scooping vehicle because of the way they are shaped, allowing you to really dig into the flesh of the fruit without much effort.