- 5 cps. filtered or spring water
- 2 cps. sliced vegetables: leeks, carrots, dried shiitake mushrooms, kale (any veggies you like)
- 1/2 tsp. wakame flakes
- 1/2 cp. tofu cut into cubes
- 4 tsp. miso paste
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
- parsley or scallions for garnish
- Cover 2 dried shiitake mushrooms with water for about 30 minutes.
- Rehydrate wakame flakes in room temperature water for 3-4 minutes.
- Slice shiitake, discarding stems (they are not edible).
- Cut the tofu into small cubes.
- Bring water to a boil and add vegetables.
- Cover and simmer 5-7 minutes until vegetables are tender. Then add the ginger.
- Put the miso in a cup and stir in some of the hot soup stock to thin the miso. Add to the soup and simmer gently (do not boil) for 3 more minutes.
- Stir in scallions and parsley and turn off heat.
- Many popular cookbooks and websites feature miso soup with up to 10x the amount of miso that is recommended for good health. The general rule is 1/2 to one tsp. miso per cup of liquid in soup. This very healing food will work against you if you use too much.
- Miso is a salty food and if you use the right amount it should not taste salty. Best not to add salt or bouillon to miso soup.
- Restaurant miso soup is usually too salty.
Benefits and therapeutic properties of Miso
- Contains amino acid patterns similar to meat with a trace of B12, minerals (including calcium, iron) and is high in protein.
- Helps protect the body against radiation and heavy metal poisoning.
- Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease; protects cells from free radicals and aging.
- The lactobacillus fermentation increases the quantity, availability, digestibility and assimilability of nutrients.
- Effective in reducing chronic pain.
- Breaks down and discharges cholesterol,
- Neutralizes the effects of smoking and environmental pollution.
- Alkalizes the blood and strengthens blood quality.
- Studies show that those who regularly eat miso suffer significantly less from cancer and heart disease.
- Increases resistance to disease and promotes longevity.
Benefits and therapeutic properties of Wakame and other Seaweed
- Seaweeds are sea plants that contain 10-20x the minerals of land plants and an abundance of vitamins and other elements necessary for metabolism.
- Remove radioactive and toxic metal wastes from the body
- Soften hardened areas and masses in the body
- Detoxifies, transforms phlegm; lymphatic cleanser
- Removes residues of radiation in the body
- Lowers cholesterol and fat in the blood
- Beneficial effect on the thyroid. Improves metabolism
- Useful in the treatment of nodules, lumps, swollen lymph glands, edema, chronic coughs with phlegm, skin diseases and tumors.
- Useful in the treatment of cancer and fibroids
- My favorite brand of miso is South River. Can be purchased from their website and at some health food stores.
- High quality seaweed can be purchased online at Natural Import Company.
To learn more about miso and seaweed and their benefits, read my blog post Salt – Friend or Foe