Miso Miracle Soup and Homegrown
I hate getting my flu shot. I put it off as long as possible every year as I try to pump myself up to go get a shot. Needles and I really don’t get along, see. But this year, working about ten feet away from 50 high schoolers who make getting sick look even easier than it is this time of year, I knew this year I needed to prioritize it. Then, Colin did me a huge favor and gave me another reason to procrastinate it by actually getting the flu (and strep throat at the same time, but who’s counting?). Thanks, babe. While we were holed up waiting for poor Colin to feel better, what better to do than make some miso miracle soup and read about the garden I swear to god I’m going to plant this year? YEAH.
Miso Miracle Soup
Conquering colds everywhere!
Miso Miracle Soup
Full of all the veggies, herbs, and spices to make you feel better, this soup also checks in as vegan, gluten-free, and totally delicious.
Makes: 6 servings
- 2 TBSP of hot chili oil, plus extra for garnish
- 4 celery stalks, peeled and chopped
- 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
- 1 large white onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and chopped finely
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
- 1/2 inch knob of tumeric, peeled and chopped finely
- 3 TBSP of white miso paste
- 8 oz. of baby spinach
- assortment of fresh herbs: dill, parsley, basil, etc.
- 2 cups of leftover rice, optional
- Add the hot chili oil to a large pot over a medium heat.
- When the oil is shimmering, add the celery, carrots, parsnips, white onion, and red bell peppers. Saute until sweating.
- Add ginger, garlic, and tumeric. Saute until fragrant.
- Meanwhile, add the miso to about 1 cup of hot water and whisk to dissolve. Set aside.
- When you start to smell the ginger and garlic, add about 7 cups of water to the pot in addition to the miso mixture.
- Bring soup to a boil, then turn down to simmer for about 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, add the spinach and fresh herbs, as well as the leftover rice, if using.
- Top with an extra few drops of chili oil, then drink it all to instantly cure whatever ails you. (Note: this soup definitely does not cure the flur or strep throat, but will probably make you feel full and happy, at the very least.)
Plot: Live in the city but want to grow a garden? Professional garden consultant (yes, you read that right) Marta Teegan is here to help.
Thoughts: Okay, this book was everything I needed. I’m desperate to have a garden, and I’ve already done the whole join a community garden thing (highly recommend if you have one close by!). But I’m lazy, and driving 25 minutes every morning to water plants just isn’t going to cut it any more. So I’m now on a mission to build one in my probably rat infested side yard. Before reading Homegrown, I wouldn’t feel good about being able to make this happen, but now, I feel like an expert.
Verdict: If you’re interested in gardening and you live in a city and, like me, you don’t want to drive somewhere to water plants, check this book out! Grab a copy here. If not, then forget it. You won’t last one page.
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