In my effort to eat less meat, I’ve been experimenting with more Asian dishes. It’s a safe, healthy and delicious alternative! So today I bring you a healthy Asian lunch — a light homemade miso soup followed by a crisp salad with a ginger-carrot dressing and finally avocado rolls! Each component is easy to make and good on its own as well as together as a complete meal.
First up, the miso soup! There’s a lot of instant miso soup options out there — the whole just add boiling water invention — but making miso soup from scratch is ridiculously easy. Mind you, making miso from scratch is not simple and actually a process I’d love to learn more about (I recommend checking out Mind of a Chef on PBS /Netflix. Season 1 has a whole episode devoted to miso!). I enjoy this little Miso Master on the packaging… and the little infographic explains briefly the process of making miso!
But anyway, back to miso soup…. It’s a three or four or five ingredient soup depending on what you add. The soup base is made up on miso and water to start. I had a little trouble finding miso at first but finally found it at Whole Foods! There’s a couple different options of miso but I went with the Sweet White Miso. **Now that I have miso, I should really look into some other recipes in which to use it.
After you dissolve the miso in boiling water for your base, you can add the traditional tofu, seaweed, mushrooms or scallions. I chose tofu and scallions and added a dash of sesame oil an soy sauce for added flavor.
Next, I made a ginger carrot dressing which you often have at Japanese restaurants! Fun fact – my blender no longer works so I now am the proud owner of a food processor! The dressing is super simple — boiled carrots, chopped ginger, sesame oil, vegetable oil, a little brown sugar and rice vinegar. It’s delicious!
And finally, avocado rolls. Another super simple dish and a great introduction to making sushi at home. All you’ll need is cooked sticky rice (tossed with a little sugar and rice vinegar), sliced avocado and nori. Spread a little rice on your nori in a thin layer, top with avocado and roll away.
And there you have a healthy Japanese inspired lunch!