Monday, April 26, 2010
Eden Foods Genmai Miso
I've recently been delving into the Yin/Yang world of Macrobiotics.
A staple of the diet are soups; most commonly homemade miso soups.
Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans and rice, or soybeans and barley, or just soybeans.
Miso was a superfood before the term was even coined. Filled with enzymes and microorganisms that act as "probiotics" to the gut, miso is considered a "live" food. Flourinating your gut with good bacteria like that found in miso, aids digestion and helps encourage an overall more healthy internal environment in your body.
I reached out to Eden Foods (http://edenfoods.com), the premier provider of not only the most high quality organic foods, but a supplier of many food items for the macrobiotic lifestyle. You must browse their website for healthy, cullinary inspiration!
Eden Foods graciously sent me their Genmai Miso to try.
Genmai Miso is made from soybeans and brown rice, aged in cedar kegs for eighteen months. The result is a coppery, deep brown, flavorful paste perfect for salad dressings and miso soup.
I dove right in, making a batch of carrot, ginger, miso salad dressing. Please see the recipe below ... it is divine!
Then, I made my first pot of miso soup. I used the recipe at Edenfoods.com and tweaked it a bit. http://www.edenfoods.com/recipes/view.php?recipes_id=247
(Be sure to delve into the extensive recipe section on their site - there is an entire section devoted to macrobiotics!)
The soup was so easy to make, turned out superbly delicious and was one of my most rewarding cooking experiences ever. There is something really special about using fresh ingredients, lovingly washing and cutting veggies, smelling the miso meld into the simmering soup and serving such a lovely dish. There is a simplicity and sophistocation to colorful veggies floating in a cloudy, bronzy miso broth. I snapped a picture that doesn't quite capture my soup's beauty, but you get the drift!
Try incorporating miso into your current diet and reap the tasty and biological benefits!
Be sure to shop Edenfoods.com for an amazing array of organic, ethnic and specialty foods.
Miso Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing:
1- large organic carrot
1/2 cup filtered water
juice of 1/2 fresh lime
1 tbsp Eden Toasted Sesame Oil (http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=109420)
1 tbsp Flax Oil
2 tbsp Eden Genamai Miso (http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=107780
1 - 2 inch chunk of fresh organic ginger with or without peel
1 tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
Cut carrot into blendable chunks.
Place all ingredients in Vitamix or powerful blender and blend.
Refrigerate unused dressing for up to one week.