What should a person do with fresh kale from the Farmer’s Market and some leftover white miso paste? Make miso soup with kale of course! Thanks to Simple Vegan, I was able to make this delicious bowl of vegan broth for myself a few days ago. It’s a definite simple, tasty, and nutritious meal for those who’ve just gotten their wisdom teeth yanked out.
The lighting wasn’t too great when I cooked this after my dentist appointment on Tuesday, and so I wasn’t able to take too many photos of my latest concoction.
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 onion finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- About 5 cups chopped kale
- 6 Tbsp light sweet miso paste (white miso paste)
- green onions for garnish
- In a medium-large pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Sautee/cook the onions until translucent
- Add the kale (or any other green leafy vegetable) and cook until wilted. You can even add in tofu!
- Pour in the water and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Boil for several minutes until both the onions and kale are tender and soft.
- In a separate bowl mix the miso paste with a bit of hot water so that it isn’t clumped together and is a bit more liquid.
- Lower the heat for the broth and add the miso paste. Stir it in until it is mixed well with the broth. It should make the broth look cloudy.
- You can let the soup simmer for a little longer, or turn off the heat if the vegetables are cooked to your liking. Add some pepper, taste, and enjoy!
Since miso paste is already made of soybeans, I chose not to add any tofu. Even though tofu is said to be a good source of protein, it is composed of soy. Soy contains estrogen which may not be ideal for men who are trying to have children. The estrogen can cause hormone imbalance in both men and women. There are even some studies that state that soy can cause cancer, inflammation, or thyroid problems. So yeah, eat it if you want, but I prefer not having too much of it in my diet. Read more about how good/bad soy is for you from Wellness Mama or WebMD.
This vegan miso soup is healthier due to the fewer amounts of soy and higher amounts of vegetables and fiber (loaded with Vitamin K which plays an essential role in clotting your blood when you get a cut). Not to mention that it still has the same delicious flavor as traditional miso soup! It’s rare for me to find vegan/vegetarian miso soup in Japanese restaurants, and so I’m excited that I’ve discovered a homemade version that I can have anytime I want! It’s great for people who can’t chew! Thanks again Simple Vegan 😀
You might not hear from me for a few days since I will be hitting the snowy slopes up in Tahoe after work today. I was able to run 3 miles at our school’s Walk-a-thon with my kids during our thirty minute time slot (some of those kids are FAST!). Anyways, the 4 hour car ride will be much more bearable now that I’ve had some time to burn off energy. If any of you guys are skiing/snowboarding in Squaw Alpine tomorrow, I’ll be there!
Stay active, healthy, and safe y’all! Have a great weekend and thank goodness it’s Friday! Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe and let me know what you think of this recipe if you decide to make it.