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Superhero Immune Boosting Miso Soup
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I’m rarely the gambling type, but I’d be willing to bet that if you ate a bowl of this soup once a day all winter you wouldn’t get sick with a cold or flu once. The soup is full of superfoods brimming with vitamins, minerals and nutrition dense goodness. It’s made with a base of mineral-rich seaweed, then filled in with alliums and seasonal veggies, and rounded out with a healthy dose of traditional miso which is a high source of probiotics and living enzymes. If you want to take it one step further you can up the protein at the end by adding a sauté.

The best part of it all is that it tastes great. Rich in flavour and full of texture this soup makes a deeply satisfying winter dish.

Superhero Immune Boosting Miso Soup
Makes 4 cups

one handful of dried seaweed (I used kombu, dulse and sea kelp. You don’t have to use all of them, just one would be sufficient. Kombu is the least ‘seaweed-y tasting’ of the three)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, mashed and finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
any seasonal veggies, chopped (I used celery root, carrots, and rapini. In the winter it’s good to use roots and crucifers.)
dark miso paste (miso comes in many varieties, the darker it is the less sweet it is and tends to be slightly higher in probiotics)

2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1 cup cabbage, shredded (green or red)
your choice, either: 2 eggs whisked, 1/2 cup precooked beans, 1/2 cup tofu, or 1/2 cup animal protein
1/2 teaspoon tamari

In a medium soup pot add 5 cups of water with dried seaweed, onion, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 45 minutes.

Add vegetables in order of longest cooking times (i.e. root vegetables and squash should be added first, allowed to cook in for a few minutes, then vine vegetables (peppers, nightshades), last added are leafy vegetables which should be cooked just for a few minutes to preserve their texture and bright color). Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl add a few tablespoons of hot soup broth to the miso and stir to dissolve. Portion the miso between bowls and add soup on top. (Miso is a traditional food of fermented soy and grain. It’s incredible healthy and contains living enzymes and probiotics that won’t survive if they are cooked or heated above certain temperatures or for too long. For this reason you never want to actually cook it into what you’re making. Just add warm liquid to dissolve the paste and then add it to your dish.)

Adding a sauté brings a variety of texture and added flavour to the soup.

Heat a sauté pan and add oil or butter. Add cabbage and stir so that it’s completely coated with oil. Sauté on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the cabbage has softened sufficiently. Add protein and sauté until it’s cooked to your liking. Mix into soup and serve immediately.

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