I spent a good deal of time on Sunday and Monday cuddling a bag of frozen peas. “Wow,” you might be thinking. “I knew vegans liked vegetables, but that’s a bit over the top.”
No, I haven’t replaced my teddy bear with garden peas. What happened was that after several days of a cold with coughing, my body decided to call uncle. I coughed one too many times and pulled a muscle in my rib area. Sitting up, laying back, and of course, coughing, caused a lot of pain. Enter frozen vegetables (for a cool pack), lozenges (for a cool throat), and lots of liquid (for a cool recovery).
I’ve been doing what I can to keep my body moving forward and keep any coughing to a minimum. My bedside table has seen a rotation of juices, smoothies, hot water with lemon, and steaming bowls of miso soup.
You know how it is when you’re not feeling your best – warm, soothing liquid on the throat eases the pains. I have to admit that one of the first days of my cold, I was really wishing that I still kept cans of soup in the cupboard. There are plenty of vegan soups out there, but I like my own homemade soups so much more. Canned soup is something I just never have on hand.
Luckily, miso soup is almost as fast. A big bowl of soup for one comes together in around 10 minutes, and I always have white miso paste in the fridge. I sauté a couple cloves of garlic, add sliced baby bok choy, and lots of mushrooms. (Feel free to use cremini, button, shiitake, or a mixture of all three.)
Once I was feeling a little more like myself, I started adding small cubes of tofu to it for extra staying power. But feel free to omit it, if you’re feeling more like sipping than chewing.
After the soup is warm, stir through a spoonful of miso until it has disintegrated into the soup. You don’t want to overcook the miso and kill the good bacteria in it.
This tasty, mild, and soothing soup is sure to help what ails you. It’s certainly helped me. I’m almost ready to bid adieu to the peas and let them return to their role in fried rice and samosas. Teddy will be so relieved.