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Spicy Miso Soup With Greens and Tofu

Spicy Miso Soup With Greens and Tofu

Sometimes I wonder if I grew up in the wrong household. I love Asian food, from India to Japan. Asian cultures cook with so much flavor and simplicity, this has inspired me lately. 

One thing I've learned since following a plant-based diet, is that flavor can make a huge difference in a meal. I bet you think I eat only boring simply salads. At the beginning, it was a bit boring to be honest, but in the past month we have filled our pantry with tons of spices. We love going to the Asian market in downtown Boston and buy something new every time. 

Today we got: miso paste, goji berries, chili flakes, sun dried figs and madras curry powder. 

I came home to google miso paste recipes and found that my favorite food blogger has a classic one, find it here. But we needed something extra, something more spicy and with more ingredients. So, I decided to play Chef, and made this spicy miso soup in under 20 mins!

Perfect for a cold or rainy day. 

Perfect for a cold or rainy day. 

Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 portions of rice noodles.
  • 2 radishes, sliced.
  • 2 handfuls of chopped Kale.
  • 2 spring onions, chopped.
  • 5 teaspoons of miso paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes
  • 1 sheet of nori (sea weed), cut into rectangles. 
  • 1/2 cup of tofu, cubed.

How to:

  1. Place 4 cups of water into a medium pot and bring to a low simmer.
  2. Add nori and chili flakes and simmer for about 4-5 mins. 
  3. In the mean time, in another pot, add the other cup of water and bring to boil. Once boiling, add the rice noodles and turn off the heat and cover. Let the noodles cook for 5 mins. 
  4. In a small bowl, add the miso paste and combine with a little bit of water. Then add to the soup and stir.
  5. Add the kale and tofu to the soup and let simmer for another 4-5 mins.
  6. In a bowl place the spring onion, radishes, mushrooms and cooked noodles. 
  7. Pour the soup into the bowl, the warm water will poach the raw veggies. 

Quick Fact

You might noticed miso paste has A LOT of sodium, but don't worry. I've learned from Dr. Michael Greger that the soy reverse the problems due high sodium intake and miso can be beneficial. (i.e. stomach cancer and high blood pressure). Do you want to know more? I recommend you reading his book.  

Now is your turn!

  • What is your favorite cuisine?
  • What recipe would you like to see next?

 

 

 

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