I know I haven’t posted a recipe in a while and this blog is way overdue. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking, I just haven’t been cooking anything blog worthy. Nursing a cold this weekend and craving hot spicy soup, I remade this stew this weekend.
Upon seeing these photos you may be somewhat confused. Soba noodles aren’t usually green! Those of you who are well-versed in Asian cuisine may assume that these are cha soba noodles, or green tea soba noodles. Although green tea soba sounds delicious and nutritious, these green noodles get their color from mugwort rather than Camellia sinensis (the plant green tea comes from).
Mugwort is a plant that is used medicinally in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean culture. It is typically taken to relieve stomach and digestive issues. It is also taken to boost energy and relieve anxiety. In general mugwort seems to benefit both the physical and mental being, although it is not suggested for pregnant woman.
I chose to use mugwort soba, as I was interested in the flavor this bitter herb could add to my stew. I was unaware of the benefits, and find now that mugwort soba is well-suited to a recipe for wellness post.
You should be able to find mugwort soba at your local supermarket or health food store, but if not regular old soba works just as well. It just doesn’t look as cool.
Mugwort Soba Miso Stew
1 onion diced
2 cups oyster mushrooms
1 cup carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 cup okra
3 cups vegetable broth
1 package mugwort soba noodles
4 tbsp miso
1 package medium to firm tofu
1 bunch cilantro chopped
2 green onions chopped
Throw onions in a large pot with a tbsp of oil and cook over medium heat until golden and no-longer crunchy. Add mushrooms, carrots, okra and chopped bell pepper. Stir and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add vegetable broth. Cover and let simmer for about 1/2 hour or until carrots and other veggies are soft. Add soba noodles, tofu and miso and let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until both noodles and tofu are cooked. Add lime juice to taste. Serve topped with green onions and cilantro.