Macrobiotic Inspired Meal

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Sometimes it feels refreshing to have a very simple meal. No bells or whistles, just plain simple food. On days when I don’t want to be creative in the kitchen or I’m feeling under the weather, I like to whip up something simple like this meal: brown rice, lightly sauteed vegetables and miso soup. It’s nice to give your digestion a break once in a while to give your body time to clean up a little. I suggest doing a juice fast for a day or or eating a light dinner such as a light vegetable soup.

The simple meal I made above is similar to a macrobiotic diet. The macrobiotic diet comes from George Ohsawa who believed that simplicity in diet creates greater health, and the Macro diet is just that, very simple. It’s also not just a diet but a way of life, introducing it’s followers to lifestyle principles and spiritual practices.  I am not saying that it is simple to follow, but the foods they favor are fully from the earth, balanced in yin/yang and Asian inspired, full of grains, vegetables, seaweeds and soy. The diet is low in fat and high in fiber.

To create my macrobiotic meal I made brown rice with drizzled olive oil and some gomasio on top. The vegetables were fresh from my parent’s garden– collards, summer squash and carrots–cooked with a little oil. The miso soup is another very easy recipe, as long as you have the right ingredients. 

Miso Soup

1 Tablespoon miso paste (I used this kind)
1 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon wakame seaweed
Small amount of sliced green onions
Tofu cubes (optional)

1. To prepare the seaweed put a tiny amount in some water and let it sit for about five minutes.
2. Meanwhile boil you water and then pour it into a small bowl. Then add the miso. Miso should never be boiled or cooked.
3. Add the seaweed, green onions and tofu (optional)

This meal is soothing on a cold winter day if you are feeling under the weather or wanting something light to eat. Feel free to add a salad or some protein to round the meal out if you are wanting more food.

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