Miso Soup with Wasabi Roasted Lentils

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Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning which is the result of fermenting soybeans with kogi (a fungus) and salt, sometimes also with the addition of grains. The thick miso paste is a Japanese culinary staple and is used not just in soups, but also sauces, spreads and pickling vegetables.

I love adding miso to my dishes because is a great protein source and has a high vitamin and mineral content. It’s gone from being a delicacy for only the social elite from the 8th to 12th century, to a highly exported product throughout the world today, as people have become more aware of its health benefits – it regulates your digestive and intestinal functions, protects against gastric ulcers, decreases cholesterol and blood pressure levels, prevents inflammation, and lowers your risk of cancer and heart disease. What’s not to love?!
A great dish for nurturing your digestive system, this soup is loaded with fiber and probiotics, and comes with a delicious wasabi topping.
Author: The Awesome Green
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Soup Ingredients
  • 4 asparagus springs, diced
  • 2 leeks, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, diced
  • 1 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp kelp powder
  • ½ inch ginger knob, grated
  • Asparagus springs, radish slices, hemp hearts, white sesame – to garnish
  • Wasabi Lentils
  • 1 cup cooked black lentils
  • 2 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/347F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the black lentils.
  3. In a small bowl mix the coconut oil with the wasabi, then drizzle the mixture over the lentils.
  4. Toss to combine and roast for 15 minutes, until crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  5. While the lentils are roasting, prepare the soup.
  6. Water-fry the onions and leeks into a medium soup pot, then add the vegetable broth and bring to boil over medium heat.
  7. Simmer over low heat for five minutes, then add the miso paste and asparagus and mix to incorporate.
  8. Simmer for one more minute, then transfer into the blender.
  9. Add parsley, spinach, ginger and garlic, and pulse to obtain a creamy liquid.
  10. Divide into serving bowls, top with wasabi lentils and radish slices and serve.
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