Naturally fermented, unpasteurized foods, like miso, are rich in a variety of helpful bacteria called probiotics, and research shows that these beneficial microbes provide essential support for gastrointestinal, immunological, and overall health. Try this soup for a healthful lunch, which is especially beneficial when recovering from a cold or flu. Miso soup is also helpful for weight loss.
Enjoy a cup 1-2 meals a day. Feel free to substitute whatever seasonal vegetables you have on hand. You can use tempeh instead of tofu, if you prefer. This recipe serves 4.
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 3 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/3 pound tofu, cubed
- 3 tbsp. sesame oil
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 strip kombu or wakame
- Fresh juice from 1 small piece ginger
- Splash of tamari
- 2-3 tsp. miso
- 1 scallion, sliced thinly
- Sauté onion, carrots, celery, and tofu in sesame oil.
- Add stock, kombu, ginger, and tamari. Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Dilute miso with a small amount of hot broth, add to soup, and stir well.
- Garnish with scallions and serve.