Soups

Miso with onion, daikon, bok choy

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 inch piece of wakame
¼ cup daikon, sliced into thin half rounds
¼ cup onions, cut in thin half moons
1 cup bok choy, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 cups water
3 level teaspoons of brown rice or barley miso
green onion, thinly sliced for garnish

Directions:

  1. Rinse and soak wakame until tender in a small dish of water.
  2. Place wakame with the soaking water and onions in a small saucepan with 1 cup water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Let boil for 3 minutes, until onions are soft.
  4. Add the daikon and the rest of the water and boil for 3-5 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, place the miso paste in a bowl with a small amount of soup water and mix until dissolved.
  6. Turn soup to low (so it is simmering, not boiling) and pour diluted miso into the soup, mixing gently.
  7. Add bok choy and simmer for 3 minutes.
  8. Garnish with chopped scallion.

Variation:

Place cooked mochi in your serving bowl, then pour hot soup over the mochi and serve.

Lentil soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cups green lentils, rinsed and drained
5 cups water
1 inch piece of kombu
2 inch piece of wakame, torn into smaller pieces or 1 t wakame flakes
1 T olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 stick celery, diced
2 dried shiitake, soaked in ¾ cup water and diced
1 carrots, diced
1 T shoyu
2 t ginger juice*
chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Soak the shiitake in ¾ cup water until soft, then dice.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat, and sauté the onion until soft.
  3. Add the celery and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Place the sautéed vegetables, shiitake, shiitake soaking water, kombu, wakame, lentils and 5 cups water in a pot. Cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  6. Add the carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the shoyu and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat and stir in the ginger juice.
  9. Served garnished with chopped parsley.

*To obtain 1 T ginger juice, grate a 2-3 inch piece of ginger and squeeze out the juice.

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