We had our last cup-a-soup and ramen packets years ago. Don't really need to say it: just not good for you.
But the act of pouring boiled water over something and having a meal ready in two minutes has never really lost its appeal.
Imagine having a quick pour-over and ending up with delicious and fragrant, yummy, umami-rich miso soup? If you've only ever had it in sushi restaurants, you may be surprised to know that the healthiest cup of hot-water-added stuff is also a ready-made instant soup available in most organic grocers' markets, and it costs pennies per cup.
It has no cholesterol, no preservatives, it's gluten-free, low in fat, and high in antioxidants—in other words, it's pretty much perfect. Ingredient lists vary, but the best contain water, soybeans, fermented rice, and salt.
Want a good, probiotic, gut-healthy boost? Here's how.
Instant Miso Soup - How To:
If you have a bit more time, simmer the miso paste and water for 5-7 minutes with strips of seaweed for a deeper flavor.
Fresh miso is unpasteurized, keep it refrigerated. It's sold as a seasoning to flavor soups, salad dressings, and any Asian-inspired dishes.
Shown above, white miso soup in our Bentology Bento Jar.