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Miso Hungry

November 23, 2017

A protein-rich paste made from fermented soybeans, miso is a staple in Japanese cuisine. Rich in minerals and various B-vitamins, miso is also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, and folic acid.

As a fermented food, miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria. And, as we have learnt [Note to webmaster: Link to the post about gut health], good gut health is known to have a positive effect on our overall mental and physical wellbeing.

The 2 recipes here use white miso, which is light in colour and has a lower salt content.

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Edamame Miso Hummus
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups
thawed frozen edamame
2 tablespoons
white miso
2 tablespoons
fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon
extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon
sea salt
3 tablespoons
water
1
garlic clove
Garnish
1 teaspoon
sesame oil
1 tablespoon
edamame
2 teaspoons
black sesame seeds, lightly toasted
Steps
1

Place the 1 1/2 cups of thawed frozen edamame in a small saucepan. Cover the beans with water. Bring to boil and cook the beans for 4 minutes. Drain.

2

In a food processor, combine edamame, miso, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, water, and garlic clove. Process the ingredients until smooth.

3

Transfer hummus into a bowl and garnish with sesame oil, edamame and sesame seeds. Enjoy with toasted bagel chips or crackers.

Spiced Miso Caramel Popcorn Clusters

Spiced Miso Caramel Popcorn Clusters
Ingredients
1 tablespoon
cold-pressed coconut oil
1/2 cup
popcorn kernels
1/2 cup
roasted almonds, chopped
1/2 cup
sunflower seeds
1/2 cup
raw honey
1 tablespoon
white miso paste
1/4 teaspoon
baking soda
A pinch of
Chinese five-spice powder
Steps
1

Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the kernels and cover the saucepan, shaking the pan occasionally. After 3 minutes or so, the kernels should be fully popped.

2

Remove the pan from heat and add the almonds and sunflower seeds. Mix it all up. Set aside with cover off.

3

In a small saucepan, cook the honey and miso paste until thickened. Then remove from heat and add the baking soda and five-spice powder. Stir to mix.

4

In tray, lay out the popcorn mix and pour the syrup over. Using a spatula, mix the popcorn and syrup to make sure everything is evenly covered. Spread the mix and set aside to cool and until syrup has set.

easy 3 min miso soup

Easy 3-Minute Miso Soup
Ingredients
2 cups
of water
1/2 cube of
low-sodium chicken stock (you may substitute this with ikan bilis stock cube)
1
tofu puff (tau pok), cut into small cubes
1 tablespoon
white miso paste
2 pieces of
unsalted roasted seaweed
Steps
1

Bring the water to a gentle boil and add the stock cube. Reduce the heat and stir until the stock cube dissolves.

2

Add the tofu puffs and bring the water back to a boil. Then turn off the heat.

3

Stir in the white miso paste. Remember to never cook the miso paste in boiling soup as this will destroy the taste of the miso.

4

Divide the soup into 2 bowls and garnish each with a piece of roasted seaweed.

5

Enjoy the soup on its own or as part of a meal.