The perfect soup for winter to warm you up and kick those flu and cold bugs to the curb! Miso soup.
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Original song Laza Morgan - One By One ft. Mavado (WMG)
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I forgot one of the best parts! You can add strips of wakame (seaweed) to the water as it boils. You'll find this at most Japanese restaurants that serve miso soup, and it adds some major health points too.
-Wakame (see note above)
-Miso paste (any kind you like)
-Herb of choice (I used parsley, green onions are great, cilantro)
-Yam (cubed and steamed)
-Any other veggies you like. Kale is great as well.
1. Boil as much water as you need in a pot. Add your sliced onion, chopped garlic and ginger. You can leave these items out if you wish, and add them to your bowls instead, leaving them raw. If you're adding wakame (see note above), do that now, but cut the strips into small pieces as they'll expand as they cook.
2. At the same time, cube and steam the yam until it's soft, and saute your tofu, either cut into strips like mine, or smaller cubes. Douse the tofu in a little tamari as it cooks for extra flavour.
3. Chop up your veggies, mushrooms and parsley, and leave them raw for your soup, adding them to your bowls. Add the sauteed tofu once it's ready, as well as your steamed yam cubes.
4. Take your pot of water off the heat. This step is important as you don't want to boil the miso paste. Put a round tablespoon of the paste into a small bowl on the side, and ladle some of the hot water/now broth into it. Whisk it in so it gets incorporated, then add back it into pot and stir. Take a taste here to see if you have enough miso paste. It should be full of flavour. If it seems bland, repeat the step, being careful not to add too much at once as it can get too salty!
5. Pour your soup into your serving bowls over the veggies, and enjoy! I piled mine a bit too high, so either use bigger bowls, or less veggies :)
VEGITIP! Try miso soup for breakfast. You can skip the tofu and yam, and have it plain, or with whatever veggies you have on hand. If you're on the go, boil water in a kettle, pour it into a to-go mug or jar, and mix in some paste, then add chia seeds. Shake it around. It'll thicken a little, and makes an awesome, healthy, and warm drink to take with you. Mad health points.