Miso Soba Noodle Soup

Miso Soba Noodle Soup

 

 

Maybe you heard on the news about the big rainstorm we had in Arizona last week? Let me tell you that it was pretty wet around here. Streets were flooded and looked more like rivers than roadways, schools closed, banks closed, and flat roofs caved in under the weight of the water. We even had a little flooding in our living room. And even though the weather is still fairly warm at 92° right now, somehow our bodies are starting to go into colder weather mode. We are beginning to enjoy warm foods again like soups and stews. These cravings for warm food may be psychological due to the stormy weather conditions, but it’s great to eat soup again.

The other day, under the influence of this need for heat, I came up with a delicious soba noodle miso soup. Maybe you think miso isn’t good for a person due to it’s high sodium content, but studies show this isn’t the case. The sodium in miso doesn’t effect the body the way table salt does. A Japanese study of adults showed that diets containing miso tended to have lower risk of cardiovascular problems.

Miso is a fermented food which means it is a probiotic food with beneficial bacteria for your body. Another benefit of this paste is that the Bacillus bacteria in miso is able to make a special form of vitamin K, (menaquinone-7, or MK-7) that is good for the bones and decreases the risk of osteoporosis. It’s also rich in B-complex vitamins and various minerals. Purchase certified organic soy miso to avoid pesticides and genetically modified soybeans; WHFs recommends buying Chinese miso if you want the benefits of vitamin K, as it more likely contains the beneficial Bacillus.

Besides all the nutritional value and being gluten free, this soup tastes great! My picky 17 year-old son loved it and wanted it again soon.  Hope you enjoy it, too!

 

Miso Soba Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: makes 6 servings

Miso Soba Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces organic soba noodles
  • 2 tablespoons miso
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Tamari
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese hot oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2-1/2 stalks green onions, shredded
  • 1-1/2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick style
  • 3 ounces mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 7 ounces organic tofu, cubed

Procedure:

  1. Fill a 4-quart pot with salted water and begin to heat it (for the pasta).
  2. Pour the Tamari, the Chinese hot oil and the sesame oil into a small bowl and set it aside.
  3. Gather the remaining ingredients on a cutting board. When everything is ready to geo, boil the noodles about 4 minutes, or until they are to your liking. In the meantime, start the next step.
  4. Fill a small pot with 3-1/2 cups water and bring it to a boil. Once it reaches a boil whisk in the miso, and then add the carrots and cook one minute. Next add the mushrooms and cook about 30 seconds, and then the flavoring liquid and stir. Finally, add the tofu and let this sit for a minute to warm the tofu.
  5. Strain the noodles and place them in a large serving bowl. Pour the miso mixture over the noodles and then top with the shredded green onions and chopped cilantro.
  6. Add extra tamari or hot pepper oil to taste.
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References:

Miso, World’s Healthiest Foods

Benefits of Miso, SFGate

 

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Slow Cooker Skinny Clam Chowder

Slow Cooker Skinny Clam Chowder

 

Everyone in my family is crazy about my recipe for slow cooker skinny clam chowder. Every year we go to visit my bothers in Mendocino County, up in the wine country above Mendocino Lake. On the way up we stop in San Francisco for clam chowder eaten out of a sourdough bread bowl at Fisherman’s Warf. Mmmm! OK, I know it’s a tourist spot. I know it will be packed to the brim with people, parking will be horrendous, and we’ll have to stand in line for a table to eat, but it’s so nice to walk in the cool air after being in the car for 13 hours. The playful sea lions that occupy the docks are so much fun to watch, and how can I pass on the aroma coming from the Boudin Bakery, where we’re attracted to, to pick up a couple of loaves of bread to take to my brothers. And the chowder… we’ve got to eat the chowder on this exceptional day.

But eating clam chowder once a year isn’t enough. After our trip last year I came home looking for good recipes. I found two while I was scavenging for them; one at BakedbyRachel, and the other at Splash Café. Both of them use heavy cream in their recipe, and that’s fine for a special day, but for day to day eating I want healthy soups that won’t raise my husband’s cholesterol level. You can cut the fat and still have scrumptious chowder—the boys in my family will attest to that.

Little changes made in every day actions can show better results than big changes over less time. This is why I have gradually gone from being about 10 pounds overweight and arthritic, to being healthy and active, and my husband to being healthy and at a lower risk for heart disease. And neither of us felt that we gave up something along the way. We eat healthier now, enjoy the food more, and feel more stable.

You don’t feel like clam chowder today? Try my Salmon Paprika Soup, or Curried Tomato Soup with Hard Boiled Eggs.

Slow Cooker Skinny Clam Chowder

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

8 servings

Slow Cooker Skinny Clam Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into 1/3- inch cubes—no larger
  • 1 cup celery, cubed to 1/3 inch
  • 1-¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1-½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 teaspoon thyme
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups fat-free ½&½, or low-fat ½&½
  • ½ cup non-fat milk, or water
  • 1 8-ounce bottle clam juice
  • 3 6-½ ounce cans chopped clams

Procedure:

  1. Strain the juice from the canned clams into a large pot, and reserve the clams for later.
  2. Add the clam juice, the ½ & ½, the chopped potatoes, and bring to a simmer. Once this comes to a simmer, pour the ingredients into the slowcooker. Set the cooker on high for 4 hours.
  3. Cook the bacon in a skillet until it is just crispy, but not burned. Strain and discard the bacon fat, and then set the bacon aside for later.
  4. Add the olive oil to the pan along with the celery and onion. Sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onion is shiny and transparent. Add the garlic and sauté 2 more minutes. Next, add ¼ cup flour, cook with the vegetables for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, and then add the vegetables to the slowcooker, along with the bay leaf, thyme, and salt. (Add the salt little by little. Maybe just ½ teaspoon is enough for your tastebuds. You can always add salt, but you can never remove it.)
  5. Stir once an hour and add the bacon and the clams in the last ½ hour of cooking.
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Split Pea Soup with Barley and Carrots

Split Pea Soup with Barley and Carrots

 

 

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I know we are well into the New Year but this is my first post of this 365 day block and it’s good to be back! This week the members of the 38 Power Foods blog group are cooking up peas, and I’m starting off with a favorite comfort food for many people —split pea soup.

Like other legumes dried peas are high in protein and fiber. One cup of dried peas has 65.01% of your daily fiber needs. They are a good source of soluble fiber, which will help to lower cholesterol, and they are also gluten-free, low-fat, and tasty, too!

I yearly make the 16-hour trek from Arizona to Northern California to visit my brothers, who live above Lake Mendocino, in the town of Ukiah. My family and I drive on the long, straight and desolate Highway 5 that runs through Central California. The saving grace is that we often stop at Pea Soup Anderson’s for a bowl of their famous split pea soup, though in my opinion it was better before they changed the recipe, but it still tastes good after a long car ride. Another restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, makes a good vegan split pea soup with barley and carrots. After they puree or mash the peas, they add bits of cooked barley and diced carrots—yum! This vegan recipe I’m posting today is an homage to their soup, and I think I have managed to capture the look and taste. Make it! It’s easy, and eating split pea soup is a fun, healthy habit to get into!

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Split Pea Soup with Barley and Carrots

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 2 quarts

Split Pea Soup with Barley and Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups split peas
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup dried barley, one cup cooked (barley is not gluten free)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari soy
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Black Pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Using a large stock pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil until it is translucent.
  2. Add 8 cups of water to pot and bring it to a boil. Get a smaller pot, fill it with 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  3. When the water comes to a boil in the large pot, add the peas and the bay leaves and cook the until the peas are tender and easily break part, about 45 to 60 minutes. You will need to stir more often in the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  4. When the water in the small pot comes to a boil add the barley and cook it until it is tender, about 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. While the peas are cooking, dice the carrots into 1/3-inch cubes and then cook them in a small pot of salted water until they are tender. Drain the water and set the carrots aside.
  6. When the peas are tender, remove the bay leaves and discard them. Place an immersion blender into the pot and blend the peas until smooth. Strain the barley, and add it to the soup along with the carrots and the Tamari soy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. *Note – Don’t worry if you don’t have an immersion blender; just whisk the soup well. The peas will fall apart, and there will still be small bits of the onion and celery.
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Power Foods: 150 delicious recipes with the 38 healthiest ingredients

The World’s Healthiest Foods

 

If you are a blogger and would like to take part in our group blogging about Power Foods: 150 Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, (from the editors at Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine) we’d love to have your company. Contact: Mireya(at)myhealthyeatinghabits.com for details.

 

 

Check out what these other bloggers have cooked up!  Alyce - More Time at the Table, Ansh - Spice Roots,  Casey –SweetSav  Jeanette - Jeanette’s Healthy Living,  Martha - Simple-Nourished-Living, Minnie – The Lady 8 Home, Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits

This posted can be seen at  Full Plate Thursday and Pennywise Platter

 

Broccoli and Corn Puree

Broccoli and Corn Soup

Broccoli and Corn Soup

This week the Power Foods blog group celebrates broccoli. The editors of the book say, “If broccoli were sold in a drugstore you’d probably need a prescription.” The vegetable is a cruciferous, and belongs to the cabbage family along with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, collards, and bok choy. Broccoli is good for detoxifying the body, lowering cholesterol, and it contains anti-cancer nutrients, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Just one cup of this raw food contains over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin C and K.

Cathedral of Leon

Cathedral of Leon

I don’t know about you but I can easily eat a cup of steamed broccoli. And I had a very good friend, a cat named Myrtle, who didn’t care much for people food, but she loved cooked broccoli and cauliflower—couldn’t get enough of it. Cats are pretty smart, and she must have known that there was something good for her in it.

In Spain, where I am now, broccoli is a new kid on the block. People have really just started using it in the past 5 to 6 years. The soup I’ve made today is quick to put together and it delicious to eat. Hope you enjoy it! I thought you might also be interested in seeing a couple of pictures from my husband’s home town of León, here in Spain.

Cathedral of Leon - Stained Glass

Cathedral of Leon – Stained Glass

The town of Leon has a population of about 133,000 people. It’s amazing to walk through the streets of this beautiful town and see the architecture and to imagine the secrets and the history of the town. It’s definitely a place to put on your bucket list.

 

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1-1/2 to 2 pounds broccoli, tops and stems

1 ear fresh corn

1 medium onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 Bay leaf

1 tablespoon Bragg’s Amino Acids, or, 1 Tbsp. light soy sauce, or, Tamari soy

Salt and white pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Peel and chop the onion. Pour the 2 tablespoons of oil into a 6 to 8 quart size stockpot. Sauté the onion until it begins to caramelize.

2. Peel the broccoli stalk and discard the outer portion. Cut the broccoli tops into flowerets, and cut the stalks horizontally into ½-inch slices.

3. Remove the cornhusk and silk threads from the corn, and cut the corn off the cob. Add it, the broccoli, and 1 teaspoon of salt to the onions, and sauté another 5 minutes.

4. Add the bay leaf and cover with water by 1 ½ to 2 inches of water. Cook until the Broccoli is very tender; approximately 45 minutes.  You may need to add more water as it cooks. In the last five minutes remove the bay leaf, blend the soup well in small batches until the soup is smooth, and then add the Tamari, and salt and pepper to taste.

 

Check out what these other bloggers have cooked up!

Alyce - More Time at the Table, Ansh - Spice Roots, Bambi - Adobo Down Under, Casey - Bookcase Foodie Jeanette - Jeanette’s Healthy Living, Jill - Saucy Cooks Martha - Simple-Nourished-Living, Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits, Sarah - Everything in the Kitchen Sink,

If you are a blogger and would like to take part in our group blogging about Power Foods: 150 Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients,(from the editors at Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine) we’d love to have your company. Contact: Mireya(at)myhealthyeatinghabits.com for details.

Reference:

Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients
The World’s Healthiest Foods

White Bean Soup with Pan Roasted Asparagus and Cilantro Pesto

White Bean Soup with Pan Roasted Asparagus and Cilantro Pesto

White Bean Soup with Pan Roasted Asparagus and Cilantro Pesto


I learned to appreciate legumes in Spain, at my in-law’s house because she usually makes them twice a week. My husband’s mother is a great cook, even though she says otherwise. And she’s especially talented with legumes—her white beans are terrific! A nice thing about white beans is that they are versatile. You can use white beans in a variety of ways: casseroles, chili, salads, even desserts. It should be no surprise that they’re good for you. They’re a great source of fiber and protein they have no cholesterol. I’m always doing something with them, too; Cornucopia Cassoulet, White Bean Dip, Wicked Vegan White Beans, and now today’s recipe.

This week, bloggers taking part The Food Matter’s Project are making Mark Bittman’s recipe for roasted Asparagus and White Bean Soup with Parmesan; my dish is inspired by his. AdrienneEats is hosting the project this week, and you can find Mark’s original recipe there. You can also check this link to see what the other participants have come up with.

 

Servings: 6 to 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, to 1 hour and 15 minutes

Total Time: 9 hours (This includes 8 hours of unattended pre-soak of beans)

 

If you’ve been following me you know that I always make beans from scratch. This means planning ahead to pre-soak them. It’s best to start soaking the beans the night before cooking, but you can also get them soaking the same day, as long as they soak about 8 hours. The recipe has 4 easy basic steps: Make the soup, make the pesto, pan fry the asparagus, and then garnish the soup with the asparagus and the pesto.

Ingredients for the Soup:

4 tablespoons olive oil

3 to 4 leeks, white part only, well rinsed and thinly sliced

2 teaspoons minced garlic

Salt and pepper

½ cup dry white wine (optional)

¾ pound pre-soaked white beans, navy or great Northern

6 cups fresh vegetable, or chicken stock

1 pound asparagus, peeled if thick

 

Ingredients for the Cilantro Pesto:

6 tablespoons virgin olive oil

2 medium cloves garlic, (not elephant garlic)

1 bunch cilantro, about 1 cup of leaves (save a few leaves for garnish)

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt to taste

 

Procedure for the soup:

1. Pour the olive oil into a large pot and then add the leeks and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring as needed. After 5 minutes, add the garlic and continue to stir so neither the leeks nor the garlic burn, about 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Add the white wine and cook until the wine has reduced by half.

3. Add the white beans and the stock, and cook until the beans are tender, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.  If you are using a pressure cooker, once it comes up to temperature, lower the heat to medium-low and cook about 30 minutes.

3. Puree the soup in the blender in several batches. Blend 2 to 2-½ cups at a time, or the pressure from the steam in the covered blender can cause a small explosion, sending soup all over. Season the soup with salt and pepper.

 

Procedure for the Cilantro Pesto:

1. Put the garlic and the red pepper flakes in a food processor and process until the garlic is minced, and then add the cilantro and process just until it is chopped.

2. Slowly add the olive oil to the cilantro while the food processor is running. Add salt to taste.

 

Procedure for the asparagus:

1. Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 10-inch skillet and then add the asparagus. Cook until the asparagus is tender and lightly season with salt.

Pan Roast Asparagus

Pan Roast Asparagus

 

To Serve– Stir the pesto well and place it in a bottle with a small opening, like a pointed mustard bottle. Ladle the soup in the bowls and then add the pesto to the soup by drawing a circular pattern that starts in the center and circles around 3 times.  Or, use a small spoon to spread it onto the soup. Use from 3 to 5 asparagus tips in the center of the soup and garnish with cilantro leaves.  Serve the remaining asparagus on the side.

Start to garnish the soup

Start to garnish the soup

 

Enjoy!

Resource:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/165914-vegetarian-white-bean-casserole/

This recipe is also posted at The Pennywise Platter

 

Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs

Curried Tomato Soup with Hard Boiled Eggs

Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs

 

My friend Joanne at Eats Well With Others is the host for this week’s The Food Matters Project. Leave it to her to choose an interesting recipe. Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs is a delightful soup that offers a balance of coolness and heat, with a rough yet creamy texture. It’s slightly exotic, but also familiar echoes.

According to Mark Bittman, the recipe developer, it’s based on a spicy Indian tomato sauce called makhani, often used for braising eggs. The difference is that he adds lots of vegetables and a bit of coconut milk. And by the way, this soup is full of great anti-oxidants! My family and friends enjoyed this soup very much yesterday. Next time I make it another hot chili may find its way into the pot.

 

Servings: 4 to 6

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1-3/4 quarts

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon minced fresh hot chili (I used a Serrano chili)

1-1/2 tablespoons curry powder (the original recipe calls for 2 T.)

1 teaspoon cumin

Pinch organic cane sugar

2 all-purpose potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 carrot, chopped

Salt and black pepper

3 cups vegetable stock, or water

1 cup coconut milk

3 cups chopped tomatoes, chopped (canned are fine: chopped, and including juice)

1 small cauliflower, cored and roughly chopped

4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped

¼ cup cilantro leaves, for garnish

 

Procedure:

1) Put the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. When it’s hot, add the onion, garlic, ginger and chili. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, cumin, and sugar. Cook and stir until the spices become fragrant, a minute or 2 more.

2) Add the potatoes and carrot and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for a minute or 2, than add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and tomatoes with their liquid. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the mixture bubbles gently. Cook, stirring once in a while, until the potatoes and carrots a fairly soft, 15 to 20 minutes.

3) Add the cauliflower and adjust the heat so that the mixture bubbles gently. Cook until all the vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes more.  (The soup can be made up to this point in advance and refrigerated for several days or frozen for months; gently reheat before proceeding.) Serve garnished with hard-boiled egg and cilantro.

 

Drop by Joanne’s page to see other foodies variations of the recipes; and see The Food Matter’s Project for the weekly schedule.

Soup Stock: Making Good Use of Leftover Bones

 

Soup from Stock

Soup from stock

Over the holiday week you may have gotten together with family or friends and you possibly ate roasted chicken, turkey, or beef roast. Roasts are easy to make and they can potentially feed a lot of people. But what do you do after the meal? If you are like most people, you pick the meat off the bones and then you throw the bones into the trash. Right? If this is you, then you’re missing a great meal that you could have had by making a stock from the bones, and then using the stock to make a satisfying homemade soup.

Stock is very easy to make. You throw some bones in a pot of water with a handful of vegetables, a couple of parsley stems, and a bay leaf. After it cooks for 1-1/2 hours you let it cool, and then strain it. Now you have the base of what may be a healthy, nutritious, and tasty soup. You can prepare hearty turkey, chicken, or beef soup –depending on the bones that you used.

Stock can be frozen in Pyrex glass containers that will not break in the freezer, and you can use it in sauces, soups, and in many Chinese dishes. I freeze stock in different size containers: small ones for sauce, or large ones for soup. Later when I want to make soup, I’ll pull container out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of days to thaw, or I’ll heat it directly in the microwave for immediate use. As it thaws, I’ll sauté a bit of onion in olive oil and then add other ingredients to the soup. Following, is a list of some foods to give you an idea of what you might add to the stock: tomato, mushrooms, spinach, Swiss chard, noodles, zucchini, bell pepper, broccoli, garlic, fish, bay leaf, oregano, basil, cooked rice, barley, or noodles. You can add whatever you like. Be creative.

Prep TIme:  5 minutes

Cooking Time:  1-1/2 hours

Yield:  3 quarts

 

Ingredients:

½ turkey carcass, or 1 whole chicken carcass

1 8-quart stockpot filled with 6 quarts of water

1 carrot, washed and chopped into 1-inch size pieces

1 stick celery, chopped into chopped into 1-inch size pieces

½ onion chopped into large pieces

2 bay leaves

Procedure:

Place the ingredients into a 8-quart stockpot and fill with 6 quarts of water. Bring it to a simmer. After it has reduced by half the amount of water, about 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours, allow it cool and then strain it.

*Tip -For fat-free stock refrigerate the stock overnight so the fat solidifies on the of the liquid, then it can be skimmed off the top.

 

pH Avocado Gazpacho

Avocado Gazpacho

 

Not too long ago I posted a recipe for pH Green Smoothie. There was some nice response from that post with requests for more information about the pH diet. If you’ve ever read any books about the pH diet you’ll know that the ultimate goal of the diet is to balance your body’s blood pH. Just like you would want to balance the pH in your swimming pool,  proponents of the this diet indicate that your body also has to have proper pH in order to be healthy. When our bodies are too acidic we are at risk of becoming ill with diseases like eczema,  rheumatoid arthritis,  Crohn’s disease diabetes,  cancer,  and so on.

Water has a neutral pH at 7.0 and the body’s blood pH should be at approximately 7.35. To get our bodies to this ideal pH we need to give up foods that are acid forming like processed foods,  milk,  coffee,  fried foods,  sugar,  etc.  We need to eat more alkaline forming foods like cucumbers,  spinach,  avocados,  papaya,  melon,  etc. There is more to the pH diet,  however,  than just eating more fruits and vegetables. For more information,  check out the reading sources at the end of the recipe.

The recipe for pH avocado gazpacho was inspired by Shelly Young’s “Popeye Soup,” from The pH Miracle.  Her recipe uses flavors from the east. I thought,  why not south of the border? Let me know how you like it.

Servings:  2

Yield:  2 cups

Preparation Time:  15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

½ cucumber peeled, seeded and chopped

1 cup spinach

1 tbsp. Lime juice

1 clove garlic, minced

½ jalapeño pepper, minced

¾ cup cold water

½ cup ice

¾ tsp chili pepper

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp coriander

Salt to taste

2 tbsp. Yogurt for garnish

Cilantro leaves for garnish

Procedure:

Place all of the ingredients,  except the yogurt and the cilantro leaves,  in a blender or food processor and process until the soup is smooth. Check for seasonings. Garnish with yogurt and cilantro leaves.

Additional Reading:

The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey, N.D.

The pH Balance Diet by Bharti Vyas and Suzanne Le Quesne

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

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Recipe: Gazpacho for Warm Summer Days

Gazpacho

Ingredients for Gazpacho

Phew, it’ll be another hot summer. One of the most appetizing things you I do to fight the heat is to make Gazpacho, which is a Spanish tomato soup that’s served cold. It’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and best of all, it’s really easy to make. Gazpacho is a Spanish as Apple Pie is American. In Spain, you can even buy it in the refrigerator section of the supermarket.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

I always ask Spanish women how they make their Gazpacho and they 95 percent of they time they answer the same: tomato,  red bell pepper,  cucumber,  onion,  garlic,  bread,  olive oil and vinegar. (In the picture above I substituted lemon for the vinegar,  which I do when someone doesn’t like vinegar.) Only on a couple of occasions,  have women have told me that they use flour as a thickener instead of bread.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

 

Gazpacho is a refreshing, raw, healthy food choice and it’s also an elegant food. For some special guests, you may want try this elegant presentation that Su, at WebosFritos discovered while looking at a culinary technique book from Editorial Blume. (Click on the link to see her beautiful presentation.)

If you’ve never tried Gazpacho, you must try it soon!

 

Prep time: 20 to 30 minutes plus 4 hours to chill

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

4 large ripe tomatoes

1 red bell pepper

1 small cucumber

4 slices bread, whole wheat or white

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 medium cloves garlic, peeled

1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice

Procedure:

1)  Fill a 2-quart pot with water and bring it to a boil. While you wait for the water to come to a boil,  score the bottom of the tomatoes by making an X with the paring knife. And then,  use the knife to core the top of the tomato. Make an incision about 3/4 of an inch deep and then cut around the green stem to remove it. Once the water has come to a boil,  place one to two tomatoes in the pot for twenty seconds,  keeping the whole tomato under the water level. Next,  place the tomato into a bowl of cold water. Repeat until all the tomatoes have been in the boiling water. After the tomatoes have been parboiled for 20 seconds,  peel them and seed them, and then discard the seeds and the peels.

2)  Remove the outer crust from the bread,  and then place the four slices of the bread in about 1 to 1-1/2  cups of water to let it soften.

3)  Peel the cucumber,  slice it in half lengthwise,  and then remove the seeds with a spoon by running the spoon down the length to dig out the seeds. Discard the peel and the seeds.

4)  Slice the bell pepper lengthwise and remove the seeds. Discard the seeds and then chop the pepper into small pieces.

5)  Place the onion,  the garlic,  the bread,  and half of the chopped ingredients into a blender and add about 1/2 cup of water. Blend on high speed until the soup is a smooth consistency. Pour this batch into a pot large enough to hold both batches. Blend the remaining ingredients in the blender,  adding water as needed,  and process until it is very smooth.

6) Add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of salt,  2 teaspoons of vinegar,  and 1/4 cup of olive oil. (For vinegar,  try using sherry vinegar,  white wine vinegar,  or distilled white vinegar). If it tastes flat,  try adding a touch more salt,  or vinegar,  as needed. Chill 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Garnish with diced red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and bread.

*Note – Vegetables from the nightshade family,  like tomatoes and peppers,  may cause inflammation in some people.

Mireya

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Miso Soup with Vegetables and Tofu

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Do you ever have one of those weeks when you just can’t get caught up? You’re not expecting the unexpected and then it hits you in the face. That’s how I feel this week.

I do like to cook but there are times like today (and this whole week for that matter), when I’m feeling a little frazzled and all I want is something nutritious to eat that’s easy to make so I can get on with the day. One answer that I have for a time like this is Miso soup, and it satisfies the requirements of being nutritious, tasty, and quick to prepare. White Miso, the type I use, is a paste made from fermented rice and soy beans. And  Dr. William W. Li, expert contributor on Dr. Oz show, says miso has four times the cancer fighting properties as tofu.

Another interesting note is that the South River Miso Website cites Michio Kushi, author of How to Cook with Miso, as saying, “According to Japanese mythology, miso is a gift to mankind from the gods to assure lasting health, longevity, and happiness.”

The taste is a little unusual if you have never tried it before. The broth is slightly salty an reminicent of the ocean.You can add your favorite vegetables to the soup for nice light lunch or dinner starter.

Miso is available in different colors and flavor ranging from the white, to brown or red. For more information about miso, the following pages provide some interesting and useful information: South River MisoJust Hungry, Wikipedia.

I know it can be scary to go to the supermarket and buy some product you’ve never heard of. So, next time you go out to eat sushi, order miso soup along with your sushi and give it a try. *Tip – add any vegetables to the broth.

Servings: 2

Prep time: 12 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: (two servings)

2 Tablespoons Miso

2 hardboiled egg

2 handfuls Spinach

4 ounces firmed tofu, cut in ½-inch squares

2 green onion stalks, sliced 1/ 4 inch wide

Procedure:

1)  Place 2 eggs in a pot, cover with water and bring a low boil. Cook for 10 minutes and then drain the water and cool the eggs in 2 cups of ice, and 1/2 cup of cold water. Peel the eggs and set them aside.

2)  Bring to a boil 2 ½ cups water.

3)  Remove the water from the stove and stir in 2 tablespoons of white miso.

4) Add the cubed tofu and the spinach and stir until the spinach has wilted. It will wilt on it’s own there is no need to boil the soup at this point.

5) Pour the soup into 2 serving bowls, sprinkle the green onions over the top and eat it!

Enjoy!

Mireya

 

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