Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Day 227- Nutrition Bite

Fermented foods are good for you as they provide the healthy probiotic bacteria! Fermenting foods is a way to prolong their shelf life. The fermenting process also creates incredibly complex flavors, represented around the globe. Popular health claims for probiotics include:

  • preventing gastrointestinal cancer
  • supporting the immune system
  • reducing lactose intolerance
  • reducing asthma and eczema
  • minimizing antibiotic-induced diarrhea
  • maintaining healthy gut flora (the naturally occurring bacteria located in the gastrointestinal tract)

Miso Soup
INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons dashi granules
4 cups water
3 tablespoons miso paste
1 (8 ounce) package silken tofu, diced
2 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces

DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine dashi granules and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and whisk in the miso paste. Stir in tofu. Separate the layers of the green onions, and add them to the soup. Simmer gently for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

- By Michelle Chen

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Today, I made miso soup with vegetable sushi for my dinner group. Miso is made from fermented soybeans. I enjoyed learning about Asian ingredients such as Miso, Dashi, and Wasabi. I felt like I was in another country for a brief second in time, especially at the oriental market with all the products packaging printed in a foreign language. You gotta love it!!

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