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Recipe of the Month: Mighty Miso Soup

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31 January 2012, Comments: 0

There is nothing better than a warm soup on a cold day. Here’s one that’ll bring balance to your mind, body, and soul.

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 4-5 servings

4-5 cups spring water
1-2 inch strip of wakame, rinsed and soaked 5 minutes in 1 cup of water until softened
1-2 cups thinly sliced vegetables of your choice (see notes)
2-3 teaspoons barley miso
2 scallions, finely chopped

1. Chop soaked wakame.
2. Discard soaking water or use on houseplants for a boost of minerals.
3. Place water and wakame in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
4. Add root vegetables first and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until tender.
5. Add leafy vegetables and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
6. Remove about 1/2 cup of liquid from pot and dissolve miso into it. Return it to the pot.
7. Reduce heat to very low; do not boil or simmer miso broth.
8. Allow soup to cook 2-3 minutes.
9. Garnish with scallions and serve.

Any combination of vegetables can be used in miso soup. Here are some classic combinations:
· onion-daikon: cleansing
· onion-carrot-shiitake mushroom-kale: mildly sweet
· onion-winter squash-cabbage: great in wintertime
· leek-corn-broccoli: great in summertime

· Add cooked grains at the start of making the soup. They will become nice and soft.
· Add a tablespoon of uncooked quinoa or millet at the beginning and let it cook with vegetables for 20 minutes.
· Add cubed tofu toward the end.
· Add bean sprouts toward the end.
· Season with 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice for an interesting twist.
· If using dry shiitake mushrooms, let them soak for 20 minutes, slice and add at the beginning.

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