The winter months are slowly arriving and as many of us are so excited to get out of the Texas heat we might be finding ourselves a little under the weather. That is why I’m excited to share with you this recipe, so before you get hit with the winter blues, boost your immune system and keep your body strong with this simple immune-boosting miso soup.
10 Minute Immune Boosting Miso Soup
I honestly believe in the healing power of food. No truer statement has ever been shared than when Hippocrates wrote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. When one of my kids starts to or is feeling under the weather, always my first thought is to turn to my kitchen. This soup is my feel better soup.
Before I set you free to make this recipe, I wanted to share with you why I chose to use these particular ingredients. I’m totally fascinated by the health benefits of various foods and how they heal the body, I hope you enjoy geeking out to this stuff too!
Miso is made from fermented soybeans and contains “good” bacteria, restoring beneficial probiotics in the intestines. It has a naturally salty flavor and is high in important B vitamins (B12 especially). The binding agent zybicolin in miso is effective in detoxifying and eliminating heavy metals that are taken into the body. You can find a variety of white, yellow, or red miso paste in the refrigerated section at your health food store. The darker the miso the longer the fermented processed and the stronger the flavor.
Ginger root has been regarded as a healing food for centuries. Not only does it ease tummy troubles, but it also helps clear up congestion and may contain anti-bacterial compounds. Plus, it adds a sweet and spicy flavor!
Seaweed is also used in this recipe, which contains massive amounts of minerals such as magnesium, iron, and iodine…all essential for a fully functioning immune system.
Garlic contains sulfur, which may contain anti-viral and anti-bacterial compounds. Many swear by it and recommend eating garlic raw when the first signs of the flu appear.
The immune system is just that, a system that needs to be balanced in order to run at its best. There are other factors to creating this balance including stress reduction, adequate sleep, and healthy lifestyle habits. But nothing works better than moving your body and eating a variety of fruits and veggies.
10 Minute Immune Boosting Miso Soup
10 minute, 1-pot, immune boosting miso soup. A healthy plant-based soup.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: Asian
- 4 cups water or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons miso paste
- 1 bunch green onions (chopped)
- 6 nori sheets
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes
- 1 cup tofu (chopped into 1 in. cubes)
- Place water or vegetable broth in a medium sauce pan and bring to a low simmer.
- In the meantime, place 3 Tbsp of miso into a small bowl, add a little hot water and whisk until smooth. Then add to the soup and stir. This will ensure it doesn’t clump.
- Add chopped ingredients to the pot and cook for 5 minutes or so.
- Remove from heat and last add in sliced nori sheets, mix well.
- Taste and add more miso or a pinch of sea salt if desired. Serve warm.
- Calories: 79
- Sugar: 1.7g
- Sodium: 349.4mg
- Fat: 3.3g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7g
- Carbohydrates: 7.2g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Protein: 7.2g
- Cholesterol: 0g
I hope you give this recipe a try and if you do be sure to tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural or you can always pin it on Pinterest for later. I love seeing what you guys are cooking up in your kitchens. Stay tuned for more healthy plant-based recipes.