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Nothing warms the heart and soul on a cold winter day like soup. Good thing for everyone, including myself that soup is also low in calories, provided you don’t drown it in cream or butter or juicy marrow bones.

There are tons of soups that I love mushroom barley, split pea, cabbage borsht, or simple vegetable. But when I am in the mood for something a little different I turn to Miso. Most people, especially in Israel are not familiar with Miso. Most people think Miso requires a lot of strange ingredients and lots of time both buying the products and making the soup. Well I am here to champion the Miso soup cause with my own recipe entitled “Rami Levi Miso Soup” by buying everything in this recipe at Rami Levi.

But first a little history and a little nutritional facts:

what is Miso? Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kōjikin, the most typical miso being made with soy. The result is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup, a Japanese culinary staple.

I do not recommend making Miso, simply because I have never tried and don’t know how. I do know that I can get it from my local Rami Levi for a mere 20 sekels (a real deal since I can get 5-7 soups out of one package)

Pure miso paste nutritional information: Although high in sodium (over 400% DV), miso paste is an excellent source of dietary fiber (59%) and protein (64% DV), as well as a good source of minerals . Miso paste is also high in amino acids, the basic building blocks of protein. An excellent source of vitamin K and a decent source of Riboflavin (38% DV), miso also provides small amounts of other vitamins. One major benefit of miso is its extremely high omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid content. (taken from nutritional data)

In other words Miso is a great addition in any healthy diet, plus it tastes great. But Do not boil Miso soup, it kills much of the beneficial bacteria and nutrients found in the paste, which in the local terminology is Chaval.

Ingredients:

Shitake Mushrooms   1/3 package

Oil 1 TBLS

Onions 1 medium

Celery 2 stalks (I like to add two carrots but I didn’t have any at home)

Garlic  3 cloves

Spinach (or beet leaves or Chinese cabbage)

Ginger  1 TBLS

Miso  3 TBLS

Soy sauce  2 TBLS

(If you want you can add tofu for a complete meal thats ok too)

  1. Start by taking 1/3 of a package of dried Shitake Mushrooms   into 1.5 liter or water boil for 15 minutes
  2. Slice onions and celery, sauté in pot
  3. Add garlic until fragrant
  4. Add the mushroom with the  “Dashi” stock
  5. Add spinach and ginger
  6. After simmering for 10-15
  7. Take the miso and add equal parts water mix well until its liquid
  8. Add to soup with soy sauce to taste
  9. Do Not Boil

That’s it. easy simple, Delicious

I love adding some edemame beans and some brown rice with gomasio for one heck of great meal whether in snow, rain or even the middle of the summer.

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If we have to look a successful dieting patterns across the globe one of the most successful country with the lowest obesity

here is a great video about the  Japanese diet which goes through the step by step comparing the two diets.

one of the most telling facts is that American eats on average less than 35 types of food every week, where as Japanese eat more than 200. The wide variety of food translates into a greater nutrition value of their diet. despite the fact that they eat white rice with almost every meal they are receiving a lot of nutrition.

I talk a lot bout diet in terms of loosing wight but diet is also suppose to ensure we get enough nutrition,  Are we getting enough? Even when eating at least five a day but how many types of vegetables are they? are we eating nothing but tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.

We should all definitely take a look at the Japanese Diet and try to inculcate some of their principles into our lifestyle for our  health and happiness.

If you like japanese food check out a great cooking show on youtube cooking with dog which is just fabulous and a great way to learn about new vegetables and their preperations

Here is a great article about bento box dieting: the Japanese style lunch box

http://calorielab.com/news/2008/01/23/building-a-diet-bento-box/

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