Miso soup is a staple in Japanese cuisine, and I was hooked after I tried it a few years ago at Asiana restaurant in Pewaukee. This light and salty soup is surprisingly easily to make yourself and provides numerous health benefits from reducing the risk of breast cancer to providing an excellent source of fiber, protein, and minerals.
2 teaspoons dried wakame cut seaweed
4 cups water
3 tablespoons miso paste (white, yellow, or red)*
1 (8 ounce) package silken tofu, diced (firm or extra firm works the best)**
2 green onions, sliced into 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch pieces
*I always use yellow miso paste, which is sweet and creamy (shown in the photo above).
**The store I purchase tofu from only has 12.3 ounce packages, so I use about half of the package.
In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, combine dried wakame and water and bring to a boil. Once the dried wakame has fully bloomed, whisk or stir in the miso paste. Stir in the tofu and add the green onions to the soup. Simmer gently for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, before serving or until all the miso paste has dissolved enough so there are no pieces remaining.
This recipe is very forgiving, so you can adjust the amounts to your personal preferences. I usually add a little extra seaweed and sometimes another green onion. I also occasionally include udon noodles or sliced mushrooms. Enjoy!
Lesley Barnes is an emerging Glaswegian illustrator who has exhibited her work in London and Los Angeles this year. Her illustrations have also been featured in many publications such as Puffin Classics books, Glamour Magazine, and Digital Artist Magazine. I love her use of narrative themes, geometric shapes, bright colors, high contrast, repetition, and layering of imagery.
Be sure to stop by Barnes’ website and check out the rest of her portfolio as well as her Etsy shop.
I am excited to announce that I will be one of this year’s featured artists for the Milwaukee affiliate of America SCORES. I was recently invited by the organization to participate, and I am looking forward to starting my piece for this event.
The America SCORES Inspired Art project takes poems produced by SCORES youth and asks artists to create one of a kind pieces inspired by their words. The project raises money so that important work and programming can continue to be offered to Milwaukee’s urban youth. There are so many awesome poems to choose from, and I finally have it narrowed down to a few favorites.
The exhibition and auction for the Inspired Art event will be held Friday, November 9, at the Wherehouse on 818 South Water Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.