Posts Tagged ‘healthy living’

Miso Soup Recipe

15172557 - japanese cuisine - miso soup with seaweed, mushrooms and tofu cheese. garnished with rice bowl

Soy paste miso is high in protein, B vitamins and isoflavones (plant estrogens), and it is thought to contain enzymes that stimulates digestion. You can find the ingredients for this traditional Japanese soup at many supermarkets or at on-line Asian grocers. For an Asian-inspired dinner, serve with Asian Roasted Chicken and Ginger- Steamed Baby Bok Choy. It is offered as part of the 7 Day Plan for Radiant Skin, found inSusans published book.

6-inch kombu leaf
3 tablespoons miso paste
2 tablespoons bonito flakes
1 cup cubed firm tofu
1 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions

Miso Soup Recipe

Rinse the kombu leaf and blot the salt off with a damp paper towel. Place the kombu leaf in a stock pot. Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes. Remove the kombu from the pot with a slotted spoon and discard.

Place the miso paste in a small bowl. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the kombu cooking liquid. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit 10 minutes.

Evenly distribute the scallions in the bottom of four serving bowls. Pour the miso broth over the scallions and serve.

Serves 4.

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Published on April 20, 2017 by Susan Ciminelli

5 Tips for Weight Loss and Healthy Skin

feet on scale

People are always looking for the best diets and ways to lose weight; it seems like crazy new diet trends are coming out all the time. The truth is, it’s not rocket science and it’s not a secret. Here are my simple tips to help your body and skin become healthier:

1. Drink 1/2 ounce of water per pound that you weigh every day. This will help flush toxins from your system and jump-start weight loss.

2. Do not eat after 8:00 p.m. Eating after 8:00 p.m. inhibits digestion and causes weight gain, cellulite, skin disorders and a compromised immune system.

3. Eat an apple a day. Apples curb your appetite and contain the fiber necessary for proper bowel elimination.

4. Eat 5 times a day – 3 fairly small meals per day and 2 snacks. Apples and celery are great snacks that are low-glycemic foods and are very filling.

5. Avoid eating sugar, corn, wheat, cow dairy (this includes yogurt), alcohol, processed foods and excess salt. These foods not only cause bloating, but also cause blemishes and breakouts.

If you follow these tips you will never have a weight problem or have to ‘diet’ again.



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Published on October 31, 2014 by Susan Ciminelli

Adzuki Bean Soup Recipe

red bean soup for chinese new year

As we enter flu season it’s important that your kidneys are in optimal condition, as your kidneys filter the blood. This adzuki bean recipe cleanses the kidney area. Use this soup to get rid of dark circles underneath the eyes and alleviate bloating and water retention within the body.


2 cups adzuki beans, soaked overnight in water to cover

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

2 quarts chicken stock or vegetable stock or water

Sea salt

Freshly ground white pepper

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Drain the beans. Place the beans, along with 5 cups of cold water, in a large heavy-bottom pot and bring to a boil. Cook 1 hour, or until tender. Drain the beans and set aside.

In a stockpot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, cumin, and turmeric, and saute until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute. Add the beans and stock, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer an additional 25 minutes or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the soup to a blender in batches and puree until smooth (or use an immersion blender). Return the pureed soup to the pot and reheat. Add the lime juice and cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serves 6.

Originally printed in The Ciminelli Solution: A 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skin by Susan Ciminelli

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Published on October 29, 2014 by Susan Ciminelli