This soup is quite simply my favourite thing to prepare when I am desiring a healthy, clean, tasty dinner. Please don’t let the long ingredient list discourage you. It’s so easy and quick to prepare, and can be so easily adapted to suit a variety of tastebuds. Personally I prefer to eat vegan meals, but if you are carnivorous then add slices of whatever it is that you fancy.
100g buckwheat or udon noodles
1 tablespoon coconut oil (organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, unbleached)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 piece of ginger, about the size of your thumb, finely chopped
1/2 chilli, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon tamari
1 handful of bok choy
1/2 carrot, cut in to strips
1 handful of mushrooms, cut in to bite size pieces (shitake, enoki, oyster and/or swiss brown)
1 handful beansprouts
1 teaspoon miso paste
300ml filtered water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 pinch sesame seeds
** use organic and bio-dynamic ingredients where possible **
NOODLES: Add the noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook according to the time advised on the packet.
VEGETABLES: Gently heat coconut oil in a pan. Add garlic, ginger and chilli and cook on a low heat for a few minutes. Add mushrooms and a small splash of water and cook for a further 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add tamari.
SOUP: Add filtered water to a small pot. Bring to boil and then take pot off the heat. Add miso paste and stir thoroughly to ensure that it dissolves.
TO SERVE: Place noodles in a bowl. Arrange bok choy, carrots, beansprouts and mushrooms on top. Pour the miso soup over the vegetables and noodles. Sprinkle with a few drops of sesame oil. Garnish with spring onion, shallots and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
NUTRITION NOTES: GINGER
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Ginger helps to stimulate digestion and keep the intestinal muscles toned. It helps to relieve nausea (especially when associated with motion and morning sickness), headaches, migraines, abdominal bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. Ginger enhances the body’s natural resistance for the cold and flu. Ginger is renowned for its anti-flammatory properties, and helps to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger has a wide range of parasite-fighting abilities. Ginger is also a strong antioxidant and high in preventative cancer activity.