Spinach Shiitake Miso Soup Two Ways

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 4

This is one of my most favorite variations of miso soup as the kombu (kelp) and shiitake complement the tradition old miso soup so well. It’s actually my mom’s recipe that I stole! 🙂

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Prep Time: up to 1 day ahead | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 2

I love making soup purely with veggies, especially when I’m not in the mood to just eat them steamed or stir-fried. You can substitute the asparagus with any other hearty veggie you like, including broccoli, cauliflower or even cabbage. I like to sautee the asparagus but you can steam them if you like.

Jewish or Mexican?

It’s that time of the year, Passover and Easter. A group of my friends celebrated the holidays with a Sedar dinner last night. Everyone brought a delectable dish, some in observance of the holidays, others, well, not. In preparation for the event, I brainstormed what I’ll make and since I was designated to bring a side dish, I scoured the web for passover meal sides. Most site boasted some type of gratin or sauteed asparagus but all of them has their variation of matzoh ball soup. Now, I have never tried matzoh ball soup — though I have had matzoh flatbread a number of times. Plain and crunchy but made of white flour, I figure i could substitute traditional matzoh with a healthier version. I remembered a brown rice cracker that reminded me of the famed Jewish flatbread and put the Hol-Grain crackers, made solely with brown rice and water, on my shopping list. While buying the necessary veggies for the meal, I decided to look at the traditional matzoh ball mixes and was, to put it nicely, appalled: