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Weekly Recipe:  Veggie Loaded Ramen Soup
at the bottom of this email  

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Recipes and Health Articles – Pinto Bean Salsa Salad Veggie Loaded Ramen Soup

veggie ramen bowl using lotus ramen from www.lotusfoods.com
This easy vegan miso ramen soup will have you trading in your takeout for homemade ramen any day of the week! A rich miso broth, paired colorful vegetables and chewy al dente rice ramen noodles is the ultimate in vegan comfort food.

 Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
 Servings: 4

15-20 shiitake mushrooms washed and de-stemmed
2 quarts water
5 tsp table salt
2 tsp sesame oil
1 medium sweet potato spiralized on the wide setting or thinly sliced
1 tsp table salt
1 cup frozen sweet corn
1 pint red grape tomatoes sliced in half
1 cup frozen edamame shelled (or green peas)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 inch fresh ginger peeled and finely minced
3 cloves garlic crushed or finely minced
3 scallions sliced thin with the white parts separated from the green parts
1 quart vegetable broth low-sodium
6 cups water
¼ cup tamari low-sodium
4 tbsp yellow miso paste
4 cakes Lotus Foods Organic Millet & Brown Rice Ramen
5-7 handfuls baby spinach
Togarashi seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Trim the stems off the mushrooms. Submerge in 2 quarts of water with 5 teaspoons of dissolved table salt. Allow to brine for 10 minutes. Drain, pat dry. Then spread on a baking sheet. Toss in 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil and roast for 30 minutes, flip and then roast for 10 more minutes.

Wide spiralize (or thinly slice) one sweet potato. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon table salt. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. The potatoes should shed moisture. Pat dry, then spread out on a baking sheet and toss in 1 tsp sesame oil. Roast for 10 minutes, then flip. Roast for another 8-10 mins. Be careful not to burn. The thinner you slice the potatoes, the quicker they will cook. I wanted a crispy, almost potato chip texture.

Heat a cast iron skillet until very hot. Thinly spread 1 cup frozen corn in the skillet. Do not stir – allow to char briefly. About 1-2 minutes. Set aside.

Slice 1 pint of grape tomatoes in half.

Defrost 1 cup frozen edamame.

Heat a large stock pot with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. When hot, add fresh minced ginger, crushed minced garlic cloves and white ends of the scallions. Cook briefly, being careful not to burn. About 1-2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, water and tamari. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove 1 cup of the hot broth and allow to cool slightly. In a small bowl combine the slightly cooled broth and 4 tablespoons of yellow miso paste. Stir to make a slurry. Turn off the heat to the large pot of broth & add the slurry. Stir to combine.

Prepare 1 cake of ramen noodles for each person in accordance with package directions.

To make the ramen bowls, add 1 handful of baby spinach to the bottom of the bowl. Ladle in the broth – about 2-3 ladles per person. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, corn and edamame. Add the sweet potato chips at the very end. They won’t stay crispy for long, but the flavor is amazing. Garnish with scallion greens & Togarashi seasoning. https://www.lotusfoods.com/blogs/recipes/veggie-loaded-ramen-soup