Thursday, October 1, 2009

Photo Friday: Fast Food

Miso Soup

I have pictures of your typical artery clogging fast food, and I've made a burger and fries and a chic-fil-a sandwich out of polymer clay.  Enough of that!  It's so rediculously bad for you.  Here is a picture of a very healthy soup that is quick to make called Miso soup, popular in Japanese cuisine.  This soup is a staple of the Macrobiotic diet, and I've been making it often for lunch.

The biggest challenge was finding some of the key ingredients.  All ingredients have been found at a local natural organic market, right in the same section.  Here's how to make it: 

  • A few pieces of Wakame (packaged and dried seaweed, follow re-hydrating instructions)
  • 2 tbs. Miso Paste
  • splash of Mirin to taste (rice wine)
  • Optional Dashi Grandules for added stock flavor (I omit, since it has fish in it)
  • 4 cups filtered water 
  • silken tofu cubes, diced small
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • handful of diced carrots
  • handful of diced celery
  • handful of snow peas
  • diced spring onions for garnish
1.  Soak wakame in fresh water until soft.  Set aside.

2.  Bring water to a boil in saucepan.  Add onion, carrots and celery, simmer for 7-10 minutes.  Add snow peas for the last minute of cooking.  I like to keep veggies slightly crisp in this soup. 

3.  Remove a few tablespoons of broth from the pot and mix well with miso paste.  Turn off the heat under the pot, and mix the miso in with soup.

4.  Cover the pot and let the soup sit for a few minutes to activate the enzymes in the miso.  Make sure the stove is turned off at this point because too much heat will destroy the enzymes.

5.  Remove the wakame from the soaking water.  Chop up into small pieces and add to the soup.

6. Sprinkle with diced spring onions when ready to serve. 


Diana Evans said...

Hi Cynthia!!! oh yummmmmmm!!! today is cool and damp and that soup sounds perfect!!! thank you for sharing the recipe with us!!!

and I love seaweed!!!


Dawn said...

Damn that was good! When are you making it again. Without the carrots. Hee Hee. Don't pay attention to me. It was yummy just the way it was. It just need the soy sauce. Then it was all good.

Cynthia DiBlasi said...

When you come over next! And I've perfected it... no soy sauce necessary. :)

I'm glad you liked!

life without novacaine said...

This soup looks so good! I used to make it a lot myself but had to stop because my man and I are allergic to soy! I know! Crazy, especially since I was a vegetarian for 8 years.

I just LOVE my little cake magnet. I bought it intending to give it away as a gift but I think I'll be keeping it for myself. I just love it. You are very talented my friend!

Cynthia DiBlasi said...

Best compliment EVER! Thank you Deborah. . . it means so much! So glad you are completely happy with it.

Wow, I couldn't imagine being allergic to soy! That's in my everyday menu, jeesh.

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

I need to try this recipe! Thanks :-)