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Cleansing Ginger Soup to Kick Off 2019


Happy New Year! After a hectic semester and a hiatus from blogging, I’d love to bring you this cleansing Ginger, Tofu, & Shiitake Soup. This reminds me of a milder version of pho and hot and sour soup. It’s light, refreshing, and just what I needed after the holidays filled with Christmas cookies and lots o’ spirits. 

Ingredients (serves 5).

For the Broth:

  • 8 c water
  • 2″ piece ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 5 scallions, chopped into 2-3″ pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • Shiitake mushroom stems (reserve the caps for the soup — see below)
  • 1 lemon, peeled (see below)
  • 1/2 t minced garlic
  • 1/4 t turmeric
  • 4-5 whole black peppercorns (optional for some heat)
  • 2 t miso
  • 1 t reduced sodium soy sauce (optional)
  • 1 T coconut aminos (optional)

For the Soup:

  • 1 c shredded carrots
  • 3-4 heads of boy choy, sliced
  • 4 oz. shiitake mushroom caps, scrubbed, stems removed, and thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, white parts sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 oz. brown rice noodles, uncooked
  • 14 oz. firm tofu, cubed into 1/4″ pieces
  • Cilantro, chopped


For the Broth:

  1. In a large soup pot, combine water, ginger, scallions, carrots, and shiitake stems.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, carefully apply light pressure to peel the lemon, so you’re only removing the peel and there’s no white pith (that’s what makes it bitter!). Continue removing the peel until the entire lemon is peeled. Add peels to the broth.
  3. Stir in garlic, turmeric, peppercorns (optional) and miso.
  4. Bring broth to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover for 1 hr.
  5. Skim the vegetables and discard.
  6. Add soy sauce and/or coconut aminos to taste (optional).

For the Soup:

  1. Once the broth is ready, stir in reserved shiitake mushrooms and sliced boy choy. Cover soup and continue to simmer for about 5 min.
  2. Mix in tofu and uncooked noodles and again, cover and simmer for an additional 3 min. Remove soup from heat when noodles are just al dente.
  3. Divide noodles to serve with about 2 c of broth, tofu, and veggies.
  4. Top with chopped cilantro and extra sliced scallions. 
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

Adapted from The Kitchn‘s “Gingery Tofu Slow Cooker Soup.”

Nutrition for 1 of 5 servings.
205 calories  •  4.6. g fat (20%)  •  30.6 g carbs (59%)  •  11.1 g protein (21%)  •  3.7 g fiber  •  3.8 g sugar  •  272.4 mg sodium
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.

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