These seven simple soups, sauces and sides are a great way to start integrating miso and all its health benefits into your daily meals. These recipes use miso to create tangy salad dressings, warming soups, delectable vegan gravies and more!
If you’re just learning about the magic of miso, here are some good rules of thumb for adding it to dishes you already know and love, or creating your own new and innovative recipes.
Create a yummy broth or add flavor to soups.
1. To make a delicious broth, mix ½ – 1 tsp. of miso per cup of water used. Wait to add the miso to your pot until all your ingredients are fully cooked and you are ready to turn the heat off. If you boil miso it will still retain its flavor, but many of the health benefits will be lost. To make the miso easy to add, dissolve it in a small amount of hot water before adding it to the pot.
Make a delicious salad dressing.
2. Mix 1 tsp. – 1 Tbsp. miso per cup of liquid (liquid = water plus your desired oil or other healthy thickener*, seasonings, acidic flavor: vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) blend well and enjoy. We usually throw all of these ingredients in a blender and give it a good whirl before enjoying it with our salads or throwing it in the fridge for later.
Add to sauces, gravies, spreads and more!
2. Mix ½ – 1 tsp. per cup of your main ingredient (squash, tofu, potato, tahini etc.) into your favorite sauce, gravy or spreads to add its tangy savory flavor to the mix. If you decide to add miso to a dish, try cutting back on the amount of salt you would normally use, by at least half, to start with.
* Other healthy thickeners include tahini, avocado, tofu, sunflower seeds (well-puréed with a little water), or even cooked beans, carrots or squash.
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