This nourishing and hearty soup was inspired for my mother who just underwent major surgery. She needs easily digestible, protein rich and comforting foods. This soup fits the bill. Feel free to get creative with some spices and truly any other veggies that appeal, cauliflower, broccoli or zucchini would be divine. Whether you do it by the book or add your own twist, your and your loved ones are sure to feel it’s healing nature…be sure to cook it with a lot of love…always.
Healing Creamy Vegetable Miso Soup
3-4 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 medium red onion, medium dice
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 inch piece of ginger, tough ends removed and chopped
2 large parsnips, unpeeled and roughly chopped
3 medium carrots, rough chopped
2-1/2 pound acorn squash, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (leave skin on)
1 cup lentils, brown green or red
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth*
1 can coconut milk, full fat
1/2 pound of firm tofu
1/2 cup miso paste, white, yellow or brown**
1 small bunch of cilantro
Makes about 8 servings
Melt the oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and sauté until the onions begin to soften. Add the vegetables, lentils, stock and coconut milk stock and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cover. Simmer until lentils are cooked through; about 40 minutes.
If you have a VitaMix or other high speed blender; add half the mixture to the blender and secure the lid (if you do not, see note ***). Add the miso, tofu and cilantro and blend until the soup is nice and smooth. Pour into another pot or large storage container and repeat with remaining soup. If the soup is a bit think you can add a touch more stock, coconut milk or water. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if necessary.
Tips & Notes~
* If making this recipe vegan or vegetarian, use veggie broth.
** If necessary, check that your miso paste is gluten-free.
***If you do not have one of these blenders you can either use an immersion blender or allow the soup to cool most of the way and use a regular blender as they typically do not handle hot liquids.
You can make this soup with just about any winter squash or pumpkin. Most of them have to peeled before cooking however while the acorn squash skin is edible.
If you would like the soup to be richer you can substitute more coconut milk for the broth.
Top this soup with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream for some added good bacteria and richness.
Add a few tablespoons of madras style curry powder to the onions while they are sauteing.
This sounds like a wonderful non-traditional way to use miso, I’ve never had it combined with coconut milk and great for people recuperating from surgery ( I will plan to make this for Mo after her surgery) and for those of us who just want to try something new and yummy.
The miso adds an umami quality that is an unusual layer of depth. It of course also ups the health factor and is an easy go to for so many recipes!
I am Amber’s mom, I can tell you first hand, that Amber’s food with miso is beyond delicious, and is helping me to heal!!! The soups are divine…
I have a freezer full of her healing foods, much of it with miso…Lucky me!!! She’s in Miami..I’m in California!!!!
Boy were we lucky, well first we were very unlucky. My wife had emergecy abdominal surgery and was in the hospital for nine days. The lucky part is that Amber was our live-in chef for the week after Lucia returned from the hospital.The need for excellant and appropriate food was of the highest priority for her healing and who better than Amber to prepare it. Really who better? Amber’s food is valuable on so many levels: Earth to mouth. It is valuble for the
Earth because it leaves the lightest footprint, it is valuable for the cook because you get to hold the very best the earth has to offer, and of course it is valuable for the person who eats it. Not just because it perfectly satisfies the many needs of the body but because it helps us connect….OK I know I’m taking a leap here…but it helps us connect with life and the true spirit of this planet. Amber’s food makes Mother Earth smile! Thanks Amber.
That is wonderful…I feel blessed to have been able to help heal, and blessed to have such family. A speedy recovery is in the works. Thank you for the kind words good sir!