Adaptogenic Miso Soup

Miso soup

I’ve always enjoyed a little “funk” in my food. Shout-out to any and all fermented veggies, home-made vegan cheeses, wild mushrooms, brine-y olives and what some would call… excessive… amounts of garlic and onion.

I could probably sit and devour an entire jar of kimchi in one sitting….

Anyway.

This soup is salty, spicy, umami and, most importantly, full of minerals and beneficial properties.

You can play around with it and add pretty much whatever you like: Green onion, steamed veggies, leafy greens like spinach or kale, the possibilities are endless!

I kept it pretty simple with this one, mainly because I’m partial to the purity of plain miso broth, and I wanted this to be more of a sipping broth/in-between meals kind of situation.

You can also experiment with different kinds of miso paste such as brown rice, red or sweet white miso. I use chickpea miso for most of my recipes, because it has a saltier, milder, less sweet flavor than other miso pastes I’ve tried.

For this soup, I use whole dried cordyceps mushroom.

Cordyceps is a wonderful medicinal mushroom, boasting countless benefits including the support of lung health, adrenal balance, stress response, immune system function and energy utilization.

Cordyceps is a Jing-nourishing herb, making it wonderful for those with drained energy reserves. You could eat this soup for breakfast as well, especially with the mild energy you may experience from this mushroom.

One interesting thing to note about cordyceps mushroom is that it typically grows on insects and larvae by taking over the brain and central nervous system, causing the host to act in accordance with the fungi’s biological agenda.

cordyceps mushroom

Luckily, the cordyceps mushrooms I use are not grown on insects but organic brown rice, making them vegan-friendly. Yay!

They have a very mushroom-y flavor, which I personally really enjoy in this soup. The hot broth softens them up as well, which makes eating them much more pleasant.

If you can’t find whole cordyceps mushrooms, you could substitute them with 1/4 tsp cordyceps mushroom extract powder.

One last thing to note about this recipe is that when making miso soup, it’s best not to heat the miso to extreme temperatures due to its high enzyme and probiotic content. I usually use water that’s just the perfect sipping temperature to make this recipe. It very easily remains raw by keeping temperatures under 118° F.

This recipe is super quick, and only takes as long as it takes your water to heat up.

Ingredients:

12 oz hot but not boiling filtered or spring water 
1 tsp (or a hefty pinch) dried cordyceps mushroom strands
1 tbsp chickpea miso paste 
1/4 tsp aged garlic extract
1 tbsp dried wakame seaweed
3/4 tsp tamari
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil (optional)
1 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
1/2 tsp kimchi juice or your favorite fermented hot sauce to taste
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Begin by adding miso paste, along with all ingredients – besides the seaweed, sesame seeds and cordyceps mushrooms – to your favorite mug or bowl.
  2. Add a splash of cold water and mix vigorously until a smooth paste is achieved.
  3. Add the mushrooms and seaweed to the broth base.
  4. Pour the hot water over the rest of the ingredients and stir gently to combine.
  5. Top with extra sesame oil and sesame seeds for garnish.

Enjoy! ❤


Good Morning Matcha Latte

Ahh, matcha.

Some mornings, it’s literally a life saver.

Whenever I start my day with a warm, comforting matcha latte, I can just feel the Green Tea gods shining down upon me:

“You’re going to have a good day today, Mackenna, we’ll make sure of it.”

Thank you, matcha.

If you’re a fan of matcha, you know what I’m talking about.

It has gentle, slow-releasing energy that doesn’t end with the same crash as coffee.

Though I love the taste of coffee, it’s always made me anxious and jittery, so I don’t drink it.

If you drink matcha all day like I do, you might also be a matcha snob.

I always try to use organic, grade-A matcha for my lattes, not only because it tastes better, but because it’s often tested for heavy metals and pesticide residues.

Matcha green tea is an antioxidant bomb, and may actually contain cancer fighting compounds.

Matcha originated in Japan, and has been consumed for centuries as a frothy tea.

It’s made from grinding green tea into a fine powder.

Matcha tea is very high in an antioxidant called theanine, which is also believed to attribute to the rich, deep flavor matcha tea has.

You can use any type of milk you like for this recipe, but I usually like to use almond milk.

One cool thing about matcha is that it’s so versatile!

You can add tonic herbs, different flavors like rose, cinnamon or vanilla, or add it to milkshakes, ice cream and desserts.

This recipe is perfect for mornings, especially when a busy day awaits.

I included ashitaba in this recipe, which is an amazing herb – especially for vegans – due to its blood building and nourishing properties.

It also aids in regulating metabolism, supports the immune system and promotes proper digestive function.

It also has a grassy, mild flavor that pairs nicely with matcha.

Ingredients:

12 oz raw almond milk
1 tsp matcha tea powder
1/2 tsp ashitaba powder
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the almond milk on low heat until just steaming.
  2. Add to a blender with the matcha, ashitaba and maple syrup.
  3. Blend until super smooth. (Alternatively, if you have a high speed blender, you can heat the latte in the blender by blending it on high until warm – about 2-3 minutes. This keeps the recipe raw as well.)
  4. Pour into your favorite mug.

Enjoy! ❤