- 1/2 lb. of dried Black beans
- 6 inch strip of wakame seaweed (or any other seaweed)
- 3 sticks of celery
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Onion
- two teaspoons of fresh savory (or 1 tsp dried)
- Zest of large orange
- 1-2 tablespoons of miso
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Parsley to garnish
Soak the beans overnight, then drain and rinse. Cook with the wakame (or any other seaweed) until very tender.
Chop all the vegetables and bring them to a boil in a separate pot. Simmer them until they begin to soften. Add the beans and its remaining juice, the orange rind and savory. Cook for about 10 minutes. The beans should be soft and splitting open.
Stir in the miso paste until melted. Serve with fresh lemon juice and parsley garnish.
Black beans: are a great Kidney and Liver tonic. They nourish the Blood & Yin as well as drain dampness via their diuretic properties. They are great for promoting good health and longevity.
Seaweed: nourishes the Blood and Yin and helps rid the body of excess water. It is high in iodine, iron, and other vitamins and minerals essential for good health. It is especially good for thyroid problems and tumors.
Celery: is cool and helps rid the body of excess water. In this recipe they work in conjunction with the black beans.
Carrot: is cool, sweet, and pungent. It clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, and promotes digestion. It complements the Blood nourishing action of this soup.
Onion: is warm and pungent; it promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, and is a diuretic. It provides warmth and movement to the recipe.
Miso: brings the actions of this soup more toward the lower body.
Fresh Savory: helps warm and stimulate good digestion and absorption of the above ingredients.