Miso soup is prepared using the following ingredients:
– Sesame oil
– Onion, carrot and cabbage
– Wakame seaweed
Put a tablespoon of sesame oil in a saucepan and gently fry the onion, carrot and cabbage. Add water, wakame seaweed (approx 5cm per person) and cook for 20 min.
When the soup is prepared, add one tablespoon of miso per person and stir until it dissolves without boiling.
This is a very simple recipe but it holds many benefits. A legend says that miso was a gift from the gods that was given to humanity many centuries ago. With this, they gave us the elixir of health, longevity and happiness. Hundreds of years later, the consumption of miso, a product that is obtained from the fermentation of soya beans and which stands out as an excellent source of amino acids and natural and probiotic enzymes, has become popular throughout the World.
The “Star Food” of the Macrobiotic Pantry.
The balance between the principles of yin and yang and the five elements are the basis of Japanese macrobiotic philosophy. A way of life that understands food as the great ally of physical and emotional equilibrium. Without firm balance of these principles, no-one can enjoy true physical and emotional health.
Within the macrobiotic diet and philosophy, miso stands out for its magnificent qualities as a star food with a predominance of yang energy.
But how do we find the balance? The macrobiotic distinguishes between the yin effect (a cold and dark energy) and the yang effect (a hot and luminous energy). All foods have both energies. However, one of them always dominates over the other.
Just as the balance between yin and yang governs the laws of nature, a healthy diet should seek the balance between these two opposing poles. This ensures that we do not endure excess or lack of either, whilst in turn taking into account the specific needs of each individual in each moment, which of course changes constantly throughout life.
- Yin foodstuff (cold energy, expanding, volatile and superficial, which causes dispersion and weakens): sugar, honey, white bread, dairy products, alcoholic drinks, unnatural juices, refined oils, soya milk, rice and oats, tropical fruits, certain vegetables like potatoes, aubergine, tomato or beetroot, etc.
- Yang foodstuff (hot energy and contractive, with a cumulative effects that tone): sea salt, eggs, red meat, sausages, blue fish, cereals, legumes, seaweed, etc.
In addition to the good balance of these two food groups, macrobiotics understand that a healthy diet should be based on the consumption of organic, seasonal and locally produced foods, reducing the consumption of sugars and white flour, alcohol and other toxins and increasing our intake of integral and alkaline foods such as seaweed, tamari or and of course, miso.
Are you inspired to incorporate miso soup into your diet? We love to start the day with a miso soup to prepare the body for the day’s activity. Come along to MasQi and try one of our breakfasts, you´ll be surprised …