I’m writing this just before logging off for the Christmas holidays because I know it is going to come in handy over the festive period. This soup is tasty, warming, nourishing and is perfect for those days when your body is crying out for something healthy but you are just not quite sure what.
Christmas is so often a time of indulgence. There’s always something to graze on, plenty of chocolate, biscuits and cheeses, and lots of opportunity for alcohol. Somewhere between the Christmas and New Year period I find myself wanting a day of rest, fresh air and food that is that bit less rich tasting. This is where the soup below comes into it’s own.
This is a very versatile soup. You could literally just make up the miso and water. You could throw in the veggies but not bother with the noodles and protein to keep it really light or you could go all in as I have and throw everything at it.
I used to cook this soup as a one pot – cooking the noodles in with the rest of the soup. This was fine but it was impossible to give everyone their fair share of noodles (it didn’t look as photogenic either). Adding the noodles and whatever protein takes your fancy to the bowls first makes for a prettier looking dish but it also means people get a much more even distribution of ingredients.
Gently fry leek, garlic, ginger and chilli (if using) in a little oil until leek is softened. Add other vegetables and stir for 2 -3 minutes to heat through. Mix 1½ litres of hot water with the miso and add to the pan. Simmer for 20 minutes then add the tamari, lime, sesame oil and seaweed flakes. Continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes whilst you cook the buckwheat noodles in a separate pan. Prepare whatever protein you are adding.
Drain noodles and portion out into bowls. Add the tofu/prawns/chicken. Ladle in the miso soup. Top with the seed mix and serve.
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.