I’ve been reading a lot lately about the need to balance acidic with alkaline foods in your diet. Just google the topic if you want to find out more, but the upshot is that too much acid forming food and drink in your diet leads to all sorts of trouble. I bet you can guess what the culprits are too: alcohol, coffee, soft drink, fried food, sugar, processed foods, cheese and meat.. etc
Many experts believe our diet should be 75% alkaline (fresh veg, fruit, whole grains etc etc) and 25% acid. Yesterday my diet would have been the other way around: coffee and pancakes for breakfast (mostly acidic) homemade chicken noodle and vegetable soup for lunch (a little alkaline) and mussels and fries for dinner, with wine and beers later at the footy – highly acidic!
Today I’ve put some balance back, with a super quick and fiercely healthy soup that’s fresh, sharp and hydrating, so it will also help you if you have a hangover. And taking under 10 minutes to prepare, it has earned a spot in the Emergency Meal category.
- About 1/3 cup miso paste
- About 600 ml water
- Handful of silverbeet leaves, finely sliced
- 1 tin brown lentils, or chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 sliced fresh chilli, or a pinch of dried chilli flakes
- Juice of half a lemon
Gently heat the water and miso paste, stirring to dissolve. Its important not to boil miso soup, or its goodness will be destroyed. When heated through and the paste is dissolved, add the spinach, about half of the lentils or chick peas, chilli and lemon juice.
Variations: you could make this a more substantial meal by adding soba noodles, tofu and/or shiitake mushrooms. Some fresh herbs – eg mint, coriander – might also be nice.