This simple soup, based on miso (fermented grain or bean paste), hits the spot when you’ve been running too hard or need an immune boost during cold and flue season. Miso nourishes healthy gut bacteria, which in turn boost the power of your immune system.
Basic recipe (serves 2-3)
3 cups organic vegetable stock or water
3 rounded tablespoons organic miso (I especially like brown miso)
2-3 organic green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
Heat stock or water through (steaming, almost boiling). Turn heat to low.
In a separate bowl or measuring cup, pour a little of the heated stock or water over the miso paste. Mash miso into liquid until well-blended. Add miso mixture and green onion pieces back to the rest of the heated liquid in the pot. Mix until well blended.
Cover and cook over low heat until green onion pieces are soft, about 3-4 minutes.
To add protein: Add ½-1 cup cubed organic tofu to pot after miso mixture is added back in. (A serving of soy daily may be protective against cancer recurrence. Watch for an upcoming post on this topic.)
To add green power: Add 3 leaves of kale, de-stemmed and thinly sliced, to pot with green onion. Simmer until leaves and onion pieces are soft.
Anticancer boost: After bring stock or water to initial boil, add ½-1 oz. astragalus root*, reduce to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes. Turn heat to low and continue as above. (Learn more about anticancer herb astragalus here.)
* Astragalus root is available at Asian markets.
Keywords: Dr. Shani Fox, cancer prevention, anticancer herb, immune health, immune support, healthy gut bacteria