Monday, February 22, 2010

Miso Happy Soup

My blogging friend, Michal, inspired this mild, tummy-warming broth.  She calls it "Miso Happy Soup"!  Cute and clever, huh?!  Me so happy I found Michal!  Me so happy Michal makes delicious soup!  And although I did not follow her list of ingredients or ratios to the letter, the heart of this recipe still belongs to her.  In honor of this, I will continue to call the meal by it's witty nickname!  Thank you for the inspiration, "Earth Muffin!"  Makes four full bowls.

Miso Happy Soup

Organic Ingredients:
4 cups distilled water
1/8 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1 clove garlic or 1 tbsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup onion
2 carrots, sliced long and thin
1 russet potato, cubed
6 ounces firm tofu, cubed
1/2 cup peas
4 tbsp mellow white miso
1 tbsp parsley

Heat the water at low simmer.  Season with the Bragg's, garlic, and pepper.  Add the onions, carrots, and potatoes.  (If you're using a leftover baked potato, you can add it later with the tofu and peas, since it only needs to be warmed up, not cooked through.  Same if using leftover cooked carrots or onions.)  Simmer on medium-high heat for 15 minutes.  Now add tofu and peas.  Simmer 5 more minutes.  Add miso and parsley, and give the pot another minute to assimilate the miso.  Now it's done and ready to serve!  Enjoy!


Raw Oz Gal said...

Nice! Good to have a vegan recipe - I heard that the store bought soups have fish in them! Does it matter what type of miso you use?

Vegan Valerie said...

Hi Raw Oz Gal!

I've never even looked at store bought miso soups. But I know that THIS recipe doesn't have ANY fish in it. No sir! :)

I've only ever tried the mellow while miso. I'd guess that the soup just has a different or stronger flavor depending on what kind of miso you use. I'll have to test a different variety and see what I think. I'll let you know if I do.

Take care! You "Banana Islander" you! :) Love ya!

Emiline said...

You are so my new bestest friend ever.

1.) I already eat organic.

2.) I love cooking.

3.) I have never met a vegan who was not completely psychotic (literally) from eating poorly - you do it well, and I am so beyond THRILLED to find you!!

4.) I love, love, love recipes, and now maybe I can start transitioning a little more vegan-direction since finding good recipes... the lists of yes-foods and no-foods just doesn't work in my brain. But give me a few recipes, and my brain will "get" it, then I can start to play.

Oh, yay yay yay!

You totally made my day!

And I ran - literally - directly to Whole Foods, bought the two things I was missing, and am making it right now for lunch! HA!


VivaciousVegan said...

Not only do I have everything to make this, but we have the same weird is that!
The name of this just kills me, it is hilarious!!!
I have been accidentally following you all over the blogsphere, answering comments and making is so funny, it is like we are family and keep bumping into each other at wal-mart....gotta love it.
kisses and hugs!!!!

Emiline said...

Oh! It was sooo good! Thank you!

~ Emily

Vegan Epicurean said...

What a beautiful picture. You are making me want soup for dinner. I haven't tried potatoes in miso soup before but the love the idea of it.


Vegan Valerie said...


I have noticed that we do have the same vegan friends and leave comments for the same blogs, etc! We ARE like family that bumps into each other at the grocery store! That is such a great analogy! :)

Seeing as how you have all the necessary ingredients, (even matching name brands!), if you make this soup, I hope you like it as much as I did!

I actually think I'm going to make it again tonight! :D

Love you, Brandi!

Vegan Valerie said...


Your full name is beautiful! I am so glad you came to see me over here at my blog!

So you "literally" ran to WholeFoods, just because of me?! I am very flattered! You are sweet! Thank you for all your kind words. You've made MY day! I mean, I was all smiles when I got your messages here! :D

I'm very happy you liked the miso soup so much! It is yummy, isn't it! I'm actually craving it right now! Seriously!

You know, we should follow each others blogs! I'll get right on that! Love you, Emily! Take care!

Vegan Valerie said...


Hi! You know, I've never made miso soup before, so I don't know what's usually in a pot of it or what's not. The potatoes were good though! I'm sure it would also be good without the potatoes. I should try it both ways and see if one is superior to the other.

I always love getting your comments! Thank you for adding joy to my day today!

Oh and thank you for explaining "Epicurean" to me last week. I love to learn new vocabulary. I even stumped my husband with that one, and I think he knows every word in the dictionary! :D

Love ya! :)

Val said...

Hi Valerie!! Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog :) I'm excited to follow you and be blogging buddies!!

Vegan Valerie said...

Hi Val!

I am excited too! I'm following you and I'm eager to be in touch! Talk to you again soon! :)

kelli said...

wow, that soup looks great! awesome photo, too!

Anonymous said...

Looks really good! This is a different miso soup than what I've ever made before. I will have to try this. :o)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

your soup looks wonderful, Valerie, great job!

Andrea @Celery In The City said...

I'm so new to tofu..never thought about it in a soup! thanks for posting the recipe :)

Michal said...

Hey girl :) Thanks for the shout out, your version looks great!

Vegan Valerie said...


no... thank YOU! You're the inspiration here! I am so happy to have your blessing with this recipe! That means worlds to me! Love you, my Zumba pal!

Vegan Valerie said...

If there is anybody I didn't thank:

(Kelli, Melissa, Averie, and Andrea)

please know that I got your comments and they made me super happy! I try to acknowledge everyone, but time doesn't always permit. But that doesn't mean I don't care. I do care! And I thank you for showing me love!

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

Looks delicious!!