Dinner today only used a few items from our produce box, but it was my first attempt at one of my daughter’s favorites – Miso soup. (“What 9-year-old lists Miso soup as a favorite food?” you ask. Well, mine. She also likes MASH & Mr. Bean, what can I say?)

So this is the basic recipe
  • MISO soup
  • 6 teaspoons dashi granules
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 2-4 oz firm tofu, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
  • optional:
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
You just mix the bouillon and water and bring them to a boil and then reduce the heat, throw everything else in and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Easy peasy, right?
Now for some helpful details.
Being fresh out of dashi in our food storage, I used chicken bouillon instead. It worked out great and gave us a slightly more familiar taste that my husband, my daughter, her friend and myself all enjoyed in combination with the miso.
If you are new to miso, it is a paste that comes in a tub that is about the size of a tub of chip dip and it is in the refrigerated section of the store. (We looked on the room temperature grocery store shelves for ages before we learned this, so I thought I would save you some time because I am nice that way.)
Anyhow, the white miso is supposed to be the mildest, so that is what we used.
I made a batch of basmati rice (I recently learned a few tricks for cooking nice fluffy rice that I will share another time) and potstickers (gioza – I have no idea how to spell that) of the frozen variety. And I will share my trick for potstickers – cook them in the microwave and then brown them on the stove! I have always had trouble cooking these things, I know it is not supposed to be difficult to cook them in the same pan that you subsequently brown them in, but they ALWAYS stuck on me. So, cover them in water, microwave them (about 1 minute per potsticker) and then brown them. I microwave 5-10 at a time. They turn out beautifully, it is faster and so much less frustrating than the other methods I have tried.
We eat our rice & potstickers with Mr. Yoshida’s sauce. We like this so much that we buy it at Costco in bulk, but you can look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store if you don’t want 1/2 gallon at a time!
That’s our meal for today, let me know if you try it!