It’s definitely Spring, but we’re still having some chilly days every now and then, and when we do, I always want to make soup.

kabochasoup

This is one of my favorite easy healthy soup recipes…the Japanese ingredients (wakame seaweed, kabocha squash, daikon radish, and miso) sound exotic and hard to find but they’re really not– I found them at my local Hannaford supermarket.

Kabocha squash is very sweet and has a smooth texture I love. Like the other orange winter squashes, it is high in anti-oxidants and fiber. Seaweeds help to protect the body from environmental toxins, and they excellent for weight loss and weight maintenance.  Daikon radish, too, is very nutritious. It is excellent for the liver and therefore for cleansing the body; it also has bitter properties that help with digestion. Miso is a fermented food that also aids digestion.

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Serving suggestions: add thinly sliced fresh ginger and/or chopped baby bok choy or kale to the soup with the pumpkin. If you’d like to add some healthy protein to your soup, you can crack 1-2 organic, free range eggs into the soup, cover the pot, and allow to poach in the hot liquid for several minutes. Check to see that the egg is cooked through and then turn the heat off. You could also add shelled edamame (young green soybeans) or cooked sliced organic chicken or tofu before serving (I added some chicken to mine, as you can see in the picture above). 

 

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One Comment

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    Sakura — April 27, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Hi! This looks sort of like Kabocha miso soup.

    I suggest that you wait to put wakame untill all the vegetables are cooked. If you cook wakame too long, the color and texture changes. And all the good nutrition is gone too. If you are using dry seeweed, put the seeweend in a separate bowl and soak it in water until they get soften. If you are using refregirated wakame (not dry kind), rince it a few times and soak it in water to get rid of excess salt.