Sometimes you just gotta do it. You just gotta put on a pair of sweats at 6 pm, curl up on the couch, and call it a night. Bonus points if you have a good movie to watch and a cat to snuggle with.
You know what goes over really well on nights like this? Spicy Fermented Veggie Soup. Today I was feeling a bit under the weather and was craving something warm, comforting, and fresh, but I also didn’t feel like I had the energy to stand around in my kitchen and make broth. This is where miso comes in.
Miso is a fermented bean paste that is commonly used in Japanese soup to make a flavorful broth. Since miso is fermented, it’s great for the gut and when it’s combined with kimchi, this soup is both tasty AND loaded with great microflora to help your digestive system!
This is the perfect easy dinner for when you want something healthy and comforting, but don’t really feel like cooking. I’d recommend adding your favorite protein source to make the meal a bit more filling.
Since miso and kimchi are living foods, boiling them will destroy the beneficial enzymes so be sure to add these at the very end. And, if you want a kimchi tutorial to start making your own, be sure to check this out.
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups broccoli florets, sliced
- ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup kimchi
- 4 tablespoons yellow miso
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Thai basil and fresh cilantro for garnish, optional
- Add water along with broccoli and mushrooms to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 - 5 minutes, until vegetables are just tender. Remove from heat. Add kimchi, miso, and green onions, Garnish with fresh herbs if desired. Serve warm.