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The Benefits of Miso

IMG_E3108The Benefits of Miso

Miso is a Japanese condiment that comes in the form of a fermented paste made usually from soy beans but sometimes peas or other grains.

Its famous for its use as soup but there are many other ways to use miso in your kitchen like spreads on crackers, dips, sauces and marinades.

Miso has some wonderful health properties for example it is a complete protein which means it contains  all the amino acids which is  particularly important for vegetarians.

It is also fermented which is great for supporting gut health by helping to stabilise and balance the digestive tract which is useful for those who have a sensitive stomach or irritable bowel.

It contains probiotics which further helps to keep digestion in check as it keeps good gut bacteria healthy.

It contains many B vitamins, as well as Zinc,Copper , Calcium and  Iron too.

Miso paste is best added to a soup after you take it off the heat so it retains all the goodness listed above.

Nb: Miso contains sodium so it is important to have it along with a balanced diet and for those who have to watch their sodium levels to monitor their levels.

QUICK & SIMPLE VEGETARIAN MISO SOUP

Ingredients

2 cups vegetable stock

1 tbs Miso paste

1 Scallion (chopped)

1x 250g Silken tofu diced (Gently)

Directions

Bring your stock to the boil and then remove from the heat and set aside.

Prepare your scallion and silken tofu.

In a separate bowl, take ¼ cup of hot warm stock and mix with your Miso paste to dissolve.

Add the Miso stock back to the warmed stock and combine.

Lastly add the tofu and scallions.

Serve immediately.

Enjoy.

Serves 2

Vegetable Kebabs on the BBQ

Vegetable KebabsThese vegetable kebabs are one of my token favourite vegetarian meals to bring to a BBQ. Make sure you make extra because there won’t be any left. Tofu (from soy beans)  is one of those versatile foods that you can add to a stir fry, BBQ, soup, desserts, breakfasts (and the list goes on). It readily takes up flavours and is a high source of protein without the fat.

Vegetable Kebabs

Ingredients

1 pack Firm Tofu

2 large Zucchini

1 large Red Capsicum

Tamari

Olive oil (optional)

You will need wooden skewers and a star shaped cookie cutter

_AAA0437Prepare the tofu by chopping into 3x 3 cm cubes. Place in a bowl and splash over 2 tbs of tamari. Stir through until all sides of the tofu cube are covered and set aside.

Cut the zucchini into thick rounds. Use the cookie cutter to cut out the middle of the zucchini, leaving the outside circle in tact. Set aside the circles and the stars.

Chop the capsicum into chunks.

Thread a piece of tofu, followed by capsicum, zucchini, and repeat or make up your own pattern.

At this point, you can drizzle a little olive oil (optional) over the kebabs before they hit the BBQ.

Grill on the BBQ for a few minutes on each side until browned.

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