Resolutions aside, January is the time for miso soup. It has that sort of healing and comforting and fortifying quality that we need to carry us through winter’s nastiness, but it never feels obligatory or medicinal, like that weird cayenne-lemon cocktail your roommate is trying to foist on you. Miso soup is comfort food that looks nothing like comfort food—and all you really need to keep it in your back pocket is a bit of miso in your fridge, some kombu in your pantry, and an inventory of potential add-ins.
Whatever you add to it, and however you eat it, resolve to make miso soup your new staple this winter. If routine makes you feel safe and warm, you can keep it minimalistic at all times; if you hate monotony, you can treat it like a reliable starting point for improvisation. Either way, it'll still be cheaper—and quicker—than takeout.