Tofu and Vegetable Miso Soup

 This soup is an absolute secret weapon against any nasty colds or flu you might pick up this spring! With the weather still not fantastic it is essential to give your immune system as much help as you can to keep illness away. As we know, food is the best preventative medicine and this soup is packing some serious nutrition! There are some foods, like garlic and ginger for example, that are known to help the body through periods when you’re not at your best. Getting these foods into your diet isn’t difficult but discovering new and interesting recipes may not be something you have time for. Hopefully my blog has removed all of the leg work for you on that front though! Although this soup is great for kicking germs out of the body, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until you’re feeling sick to try it! The following ingredients will make enough for four or five generous servings.

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One red onion, sliced

A handful of ginger, finely sliced

Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped

One fresh chilli, sliced

A handful of bean sprouts

One carrot, sliced

Three or four spring onions, sliced at an angle

Brown rice miso paste

150g of sweetcorn

Four or five sliced mushrooms

200g of tofu

Brown rice noodles

Soya butter

Veg stock

1 litre of water

So to begin, fry the onion in some soy butter with most of the ginger (leave some for later), chilli and garlic. Once they have had a few minutes to fry add in the mushrooms and carrot. Stir everything together and leave on the hob to cook. While this is happening, slice the tofu in half and press a paper towel against it to help remove any excess water.

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Next, take some of the miso paste and rub it into the tofu before frying it in a separate pan. Once you have begun frying the tofu you can add the sweetcorn and the veg stock in the litre of water. Once the tofu is crispy, remove it from the heat. However, leave the other pot to simmer for about 40 minutes.

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Once this time has passed, add four tablespoons of miso paste to the simmering pan and prepare the brown rice noodles by covering them in hot water. Next, cool the noodles by running them under cold water and then put them into the soup. Chuck the fried tofu in too with the sliced spring onions and the rest of the ginger. You immune boosting soup is now ready to serve!

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Bulgar Wheat Red Peppers

Bulgar wheat is a low cost, high nutrition whole grain food that can be used in a huge variety of meals! It has a light nutty flavour and actually ranks quite low on the glycemic index. With high fibre and protein levels, bulgar wheat is also fantastically low in fat and will give your body a helping hand in keeping your digestive system healthy! Combined with red peppers, this whole grain makes a great main meal that is sure to keep those late night snack urges away!

In total this dish will take between 40 and 50 minutes to prepare.  To make enough for two people you’ll need the following ingredients:

Four red peppers

Three medium mushrooms

Fresh or frozen spinach

A dash of turmeric

Fresh parsley

Two carrots, diced

125g of bulgar wheat

One onion

Two tomatoes

Coconut oil

Firstly, cut the tops off of the peppers and scoop out the seeds. Next, lightly brush them with coconut oil and place them in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C. Leave them for twenty minutes while you get on with the next step.

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Add 125g of bulgar wheat to 600ml of water in a pan and bring to the boil before adding in a dash of turmeric, covering and leaving to simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. If you’re using frozen spinach then add a small handful in half way through the simmering process, if you’re using fresh then wait until later!

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Whilst the wheat is simmering chop the mushrooms into small pieces, dice the carrots, onion and tomatoes. In a separate pan, boil the carrots for a few moments and then after draining the bulgar wheat add it together with the mushrooms, carrots, onion and tomatoes. If you’re using fresh spinach then now is the time to add it in!

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You can now take the peppers from the oven and fill with the bulgar wheat mix. Position the peppers back in the oven for a further ten minutes before taking out and garnishing with the parsley before serving!

A Daily Dose of Epsom Salt

This is a favourite of mine that sadly seems to have declined in popularity in recent years. Epsom salt is more likely to be something your parents tell you about rather than something you have come across yourself. This mineral compound is made from sulphate and magnesium and has been used for many hundreds of years to treat a wide selection of minor health issues. As well as being used to cure ailments, Epsom salt can be used for various other reasons such as for beauty as well as around the home and garden.

One of the most common reasons people use Epsom salt is to alleviate stress. Stress can often be caused by heightened levels of adrenaline as well as a magnesium deficiency. Drawing yourself a hot bath and dissolving Epsom salt in the water will easily allow your skin to absorb it and this will replenish your magnesium levels. In turn, the magnesium helps to produce serotonin which is great for lifting your mood. In addition to this, it is thought that bathing in Epsom salt at least three times every week will increase your energy levels. Approximately two cups of the salt should be enough for each bath! You will note that after several of these baths, the Epsom salt will also put a stop to any unwanted foot odour.

Eliminating toxins from your body is another fantastic function of Epsom salt. Again, add two cups to your bath and bathe for at least ten minutes every time. The salt will draw toxins out from the body and you will soon notice any existing muscle pain beginning to ease. This pain relieving property isn’t restricted to just muscle aches and you can also use Epsom salt to treat any headaches or migraines that you might be experiencing.

Your skin has much to gain by incorporating this salt into your beauty regime. For example if you mix just one cup with a tablespoon of coconut oil, then you can apply this to your face as an exfoliating cleanser.  You can also make an effective blackhead remover solution by adding a teaspoon of Epsom salt to three or four drops of iodine and mixing with half a cup of boiling water. While it is still hot, use this mixture to wipe over any blackheads and notice the change!

If you prefer to put this salt to use around the house then you will find that it is fantastic for cleaning the tiles in your bathroom. To do so you will have to combine an equal amount of salt to a liquid detergent (any of your choice) and scrub away. Make sure you rinse well afterwards and you will really see them shine! It is also possible to sprinkle a dash of Epsom salt over your plants and grass areas once a week to promote healthy growth and appearance. The extra dose of magnesium will encourage greener grass as well as giving supplemental nutrients to all of your plants!

To discover more great ways to cleanse your body, don’t forget to enter my Radiance Cleanse competition!