Spinach Miso Soup

If you’re wondering what you can eat when you’re knee-deep in a Cleanse Diet this Spinach Miso Soup can be a good start. It’s simple to make, easy on the digestive system, and pretty tasty too.

Spinach Miso Soup for your Cleanse Diet.

When you’re detoxing from the calorie-laden holiday dinners and find your self on a Cleanse Diet, what is it actually that you’re supposed to eat? I’m on one right now and I  know what I can’t eat.

No Meat or Dairy.

Well, I didn’t eat those anyway.

And while I’m on that topic. Can anyone tell me why every salad in every restaurant has to have meat on it? I know I can just order it without the meat, but the point is, why does it need to be there anyway?

I once went out to eat with several people and one woman ordered a chicken salad. At the end of the meal she said to me while pointing to a mound of chicken on the side of her plate, “Look, Marly. I didn’t even eat the chicken.” I looked at the meat. What was worse? The way the chicken was treated and slaughtered and its meat shipped across the country to be processed only to end up as wasted food on her plate? She wasn’t going to take it home in a take-home container. Thankfully, someone else offered to take it home. I was relieved. Because I do believe people should reduce the amount of meat they eat, but I also think we should reduce waste as well.

OK. Rant aside. Where was I. Oh yes, I’m on a cleanse diet and not eating meat or dairy. Check!

No Alcohol.

I’m also not drinking alcohol. No biggie. I can take it or leave it. Besides, I’ll save my imbibing for fun trips…like going to see the hubby’s parents next month.

No Gluten.

Well, I’ve been reducing gluten in my diet for the last year so this one’s really not a problem either.

No Sugar.

Ouch! That one just plain hurts. I’m still in mourning so it’s difficult to talk much about this one. I’ll write more about it later. You know, once I’m past the denial phase of grief.

What does this leave a person left to eat? Plenty! Believe me, if there’s a way to create something tasty to eat, I’m going to find it. Either that or pummel my way through a concrete wall to get to it!

Steam rising from a bowl of Green Miso Soup.

This is me trying to take a photograph of steam rising from Miso Soup. Obviously I need a little more practice. Maybe I should make more soup?

Miso Shy

I love the tangy flavor of Miso. It has what has been described as one of our six types of taste, umami. But I didn’t start out liking it. Maybe that’s because I couldn’t even pronounce it correctly. Miso (pronounced MEE-so) is basically a Japanese flavoring and comes in many varieties. When I first heard of it, I bought the only thing I could find which was a little bag of black goo. It had a super-strong taste and I didn’t like it at all.

In the meantime I’ve discovered “white” miso which has a much more subtle (and addicting) flavor. I now put it in my salad dressings, soups, and ice cream.

OK. I’m kidding about the ice cream.

Spinach Miso Soup with tofu and carrots for your detox diet.

I have only good things to say about the health benefits of spinach. It’s a superfood! I want to include as many superfoods in my diet as I can in 2012. Maybe then I can become SuperMarly! It’s a stretch, but we have to dream big!

Spinach Miso Soup

(Adapted from a recipe by Setsuko Yoshizuka)


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 cup lightly packed spinach
  • 1/4 cup minced carrots
  • 1 cup cubed tofu


Combine the water and vegetable stock in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once the liquid is warm, pour 2 – 3 tablespoons of it into a small bowl and add the miso. Stir it a bit to help the miso paste loosen up a little. Set aside.

Then take about 3/4 cup of the warm vegetable stock mixture and pour it into a food processor along with the ginger and spinach. Pulse for several seconds. You can choose the texture you want your spinach. I liked leaving some of the texture of the spinach so I pulsed for only a few seconds. But if you’d like a more smooth appearance, pulse the mixture a little longer.

Now add the miso mixture, the spinach mixture, the carrots and tofu to the vegetable stock mix. Stir that over medium heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Just be careful not to boil the soup once you’ve added the miso.

The delicious flavor of the miso soup base combined with the tofu, carrots, and spinach, makes this a perfect not-too-heavy lunch. Enjoy!

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