Quick and Easy Miso Soup
When I am under the pump and need to fuel my body fast, I know I can turn to the middle drawer in my fridge and find miso paste, tofu, spring onions, carrots and I have myself one protein punch lunch snack.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 3 cups homemade or vegan vegetable or chicken stock (I use Massel)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons miso (depends on your depth of flavour)
- 1-2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 1-2 cups of spinach leaves
- 1 packet of extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes
- 1 spring onion, sliced crosswise into strips
In a medium saucepan, bring stock and water to boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and add carrots. Cook carrots until they are crisp-tender, approx. 2 minutes.
Then add spinach and tofu, and stir to combine. Continue cooking just until spinach is wilted and tofu is heated through, approx. 1 minute.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl place miso paste and stir in 1/4 cup cooking liquid until miso is dissolved. Add to saucepan, stirring to combine. HOT TIP never let the soup boil once miso has been added.
Remove from heat. Ladle soup into four serving bowls. Sprinkle each with scallions. Serve immediately.
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Health and fun facts on Miso
Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning that is produced by fermenting rice, barley, and/or soybeans with salt and a fungus known as kōjikin.
Miso itself is a Japanese word that translates to “fermented beans”. The most typical miso seasoning is made with soy.
Soy miso is a very good source of manganese, zinc, phosphorus, and copper as well as a good source of protein and dietary fiber.
Miso soup is a low-calorie food for most people, but it is high in sodium, so keep your portions small.
Recent human studies on miso intake among Japanese adults have also shown that miso-containing diets tend to lower risk of cardiovascular problems, despite the high-salt content of miso.
Miso paste is a probiotic food that can help treat intestinal disorders. See our gut health article here.
Are you a fan of miso soup?
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