Miso Soup = probiotics, B12 + immune support!
Miso is a tremendous health food that has been used in Asian cultures for centuries. It renews intestinal flora, alkalizes the blood and helps to cleanse nicotine and radioactive substances from the body. And of course it's a wonderful source of protein.
Be sure to buy organic and unpasteurized miso for the maximum amount of live enzymes to aid in digestion. If you're allergic or averse to soy you have options... Miso can be made from other beans or grains.
If you have candida experiment with miso cautiously and begin with chickpea miso. It's mild, sweet, has a lower salt content and is really yummy. You can also check out the book The Yeast Connection by William Crook.
This recipe is ridiculously easy to make. Let's get started!
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- 8 cups water
- 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried seaweed (or 1 large sheet of nori cut into strips) I used arame because it's what we had.
- 1/2 cup miso paste
- 1 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup firm cubed organic tofu (optional)
1. In a large pot bring 8 cups water to a low simmer.
2. Add mushrooms, seaweed and tofu (optional) and simmer for 7 - 10 minutes or until the mushrooms soften.
3. In the meantime, place miso paste in a small bowl. Add 1/4 hot water and wisk until smooth.
4. Turn off heat. Add miso mixture to the soup with green onions and give it a good stir. You want to be sure the miso is clump free but remember not to boil it or you will kill the good bacteria.
5. Serve immediately.
You can also serve this soup cold. Remember if you reheat it later to take care not to boil it.
TO TOFU OR NOT TO TOFU?
This one is totally up to you. I'm not a huge fan of tofu but Cliff really likes it so we use it once every month or two. I try to stick to foods that are as close to the source as possible and if I was an alien looking at tofu I'd have no idea where that came from or if it was even food. It's heavily processed and too much soy in the body is problematic for our hormones. All that said I've found life to be way more fun if I don't take food too seriously. I listen to my body at every turn and if tofu sounds and feels ok I go for it. If it doesn't then I avoid it. Your body will let you know if tofu sounds and feels good for you. Listen and trust. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Sending you so much New Year love!
We are making our way west and Frona has been having her way with folks out on the road. It was three days of driving in snow and ice in Texas with a top speed of 30 mph. It's been wild!
Happy 2015 dear soup loving friends! This year is going to be a really, really good one! I can feel it all the way to my little cold toes!