Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peanut Miso Soup

Savannah, GA

Food can absolutely be preventive medicine.  If you are hesitant because fresh ingredients like produce can be expensive, wouldn't you prefer to buy quality natural ingredients to feed your body now, than to have to take medications for your health problems later?   To me, it seems like a no-brainer.  There are so many benefits to eating a plant-based diet.

Changing the way you eat to plant-based drastically lowers your risk of other serious health complications such as diabetes, cancer, and obesity.  Making this change in diet alone, has proven to actually reverse diabetes and heart disease, even at their last (sickest) stages.  It also lowers risk of developing some types of cancer.  The standard American diet, rich in meats, dairy, and highly processed foods, is a major factor in causing the onset of the most common health problems in this country.

There are two kinds of cholesterol.  One  type is the kind your body naturally produces.  The other is the kind you ingest from the food you eat.  Plant-based foods don't have any cholesterol.  Not one vegan ingredient contains cholesterol.  So eating only plant-based is a sure way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.  This is important because high cholesterol leads to countless health problems especially involving your heart, like heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks.   Switching to a plant-based diet can keep you off cholesterol lowering medications completely.

I could go on and on about this, but I'm sure you must be getting hungry and craving your veggies.  If you are interested in learning more about it, and the reasons why they don't teach you this stuff in school, I highly recommend reading a book called The China Study, by T. Collin Campbell.  He has been researching this subject for decades, and has a great way of explaining it all, from soup to nuts.   It is a fascinating read that could change your life.

 Speaking of soup and nuts......

Spicy Peanut Miso Soup

Peanut Miso Soup
makes 2-3 servings, 10 min
oil free, gluten free, vegan

5 cups water, separated to 4 1/2 cups & 1/2 cup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup cauliflower, sliced thin
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup firm tofu, cubed small
2-3 tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce
2 tbsp red miso (paste)*
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup sai fun noodles**
1 cup fresh baby spinach
2 tbsp sriracha (optional, for heat)

In a pot, combine 4 1/2 cups water, onion, cauliflower, mushrooms, ginger, tofu, and liquid aminos.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.

While that is heating up, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of water, miso, peanut butter, and sriracha (optional).  Whisk until smooth.

Making sure the broth is hot but no longer boiling, stir peanut butter miso mixture into the pot to combine.  Remove from heat and stir in sai fun and spinach.  Serve hot.

* Miso is a probiotic, containing beneficial bacteria and enzymes.  It should never be boiled, to ensure that it remains a living food when eaten.

** Sai fun noodles are made of mung beans and potato starch.  They are done cooking just about instantly, upon touching water or broth.  You can usually find them in the ethnic section of the supermarket.  You can also substitute rice noodles, just follow their cooking instructions for changes in cook time.

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