Miso Soup with Quinoa, Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms and Watercress

The temperature has been frigid lately.  And in times like this, I often opt to have something warm, lighter but hearty in nutrients other than the comfort food I’ve had growing up.  Miso soup with quinoa,  tofu, Shiitake mushrooms and watercress was what I had in mind.


This soup is pack with protein from the quinoa, miso, and tofu.  According to WebMD, watercress is said to be used for “swollen breathing” passages in the lung, coughs, bronchitis, flu and swine flu.  Perfect for my cough and sore throat.  It’s also used for constipation and parasitic worms, cancer, goiter polyps and tuberculosis.  Some people apply watercress directly to the skin for arthritis remedy as well rheumatoid arthritis, earache, eczema, warts, and other skin problems.   Shiitake mushrooms are promoted to fight the development and progression of cancer and AIDS by boosting the body’s immune system. These mushrooms are also said to help prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and to help treat infections such as hepatitis by producing interferon, a group of natural proteins that stops viruses from multiplying.  So, ingesting something with healing properties and nutrients is something to feel good about.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 sheet of dry seaweed, tear in small pieces
  • 7 oz. organic firm tofu, cut in bite pieces
  • 1/2 cup organic mild sodium Miso
  • a handful of watercress
  • 1 stalk of green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup of hydrated Shiitake mushrooms

In a medium pan, add water and bring it to a simmer over low heat.   Place the miso in a medium bowl and add some of the simmering hot water.  Whisk until the broth is free of lumps.  Add to the pot with simmered hot water.  Stir to combine.  Add the Shiitake and let it simmer until the mushrooms are tender.  Then add the tofu and quinoa.  Simmer until heated through.   Add the watercress and seaweed, and green onions.   Simmer until watercress is somewhat wilted.  Serve in a small bowl and garnish with more seaweed.


You can also have this with just the tofu, green onions, and seaweed.  It’s delicious either way.  Enjoy! 🙂


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Pandesal Reinvented

One of my childhood favorites. 🙂

If you are searching for an authentic pandesal recipe, this is not it.  But if you want delicious bread rolls that are high in protein, you found it.  These, precious, are made with quinoa.   It’s a classic, favorite recipe that gotten a makeover.


I went to the store and browsed in the flour section.  I was trying to buy a bag of rice flour for my rice cake recipe.  While browsing, something caught my eye.  “It couldn’t be” I argued with myself.  I put my eyeglasses on to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.  Well, it was what I thought it was.  Quinoa flour!!! You have no idea how happy I was.  I could hardly contained myself.  I wanted to jump and  I had a big smile on my face.  This is me when I am elated.  My mind was racing.  I knew exactly what to use the flour for.  I immediately thought of making one of my childhood favorites, Pandesal and try to give it a make over.  I am sure the health conscious won’t mind having them because they’re made with healthier carbohydrates.  I wanted to race home so I could start baking, but I still had to do some grocery shopping.

Speaking of quinoa, I have read about it and have been blogging about it, but mentioned very little about the health benefits of this super carbohydrates.  An awesome co-blogger and my rice and pesto soul sister, Shanna of Curls and Carrots reminded me about it when she posted a link of another blogger who talked about the benefits of quinoa.  I had to go back and browse through my published posts to find out if I mentioned more about it or not.  Well, sad to say, I did not.  I know shame on me.  😦  But that’s okay because someone else did and you can read more about it here.

Growing up, I would be awakened early morning by someone bellowing through the neighborhood, “pandesal!  Hot pandesal!”  I’m talking about in the wee hours.  However, as a child, there was nothing more exciting than to hear someone bellowed those words, especially on a Saturday.  Why? Because I knew I was in for a treat. 🙂

The authentic pandesal is out of this world.  It was one of those recipes you want to keep and serve to your family for generations to come.  They were that delicious and addicting.  They were always sold warm.  It’s like someone brought the oven to you and all you have to do is take them out and eat them.  🙂  They were that fresh.  They would put them in  brown paper bags with 20 and 50 pieces of pandesal each bags for a reasonable price.  The part that made them so delicious and fun to eat?  Well, before I say anything, I must warn you.  You might find it offensive and probably unappetizing to some people.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you:  Dipping the pandesal in a glass of hot milk!   For a child, there was nothing more delicious in the world than dipping a pandesal in hot milk.  Remember the commercials for Oreo cookies?   Yes, it’s that fun and delicious.  It’s precious and nostalgic sharing them with your loved ones, especially with grandpa or grandma or the entire family.  This reminds me the other thing I miss about my childhood is how the entire family would eat together at the same time like the Italians do.  All gathered around the table and shared stories and chatted about what everyone was up to.  I remember my mother would tell her life stories on how she met my father and how she survived World War II.  She would crawl and hide under the roots of a big tree to avoid being hit by the bullets.  She would stay there for a day or two without any food or water and would only come out until she felt safe.   Imagine how she lived her life at such times.  She couldn’t fathom how she survived, but thank God she did and that is all that matters.

Anyway, besides dipping the pandesal in hot milk, my mother would also make breakfast sandwiches.  As soon as she gave me (or whoever was awake at that time) the money to purchase the pandesal, she would start boiling some water for the hot milk (milk was in powdered form back then) and cooked scrambled eggs.   She would cut the pandesal in half and stuffed them with  the cooked scrambled eggs then topped with ketchup for extra flavor.  It was the most satisfying breakfast I’ve ever had growing up.  This is how the egg breakfast sandwich with melted cheese and ketchup came about and made it to our breakfast list served only during less hectic days.  My husband would sometimes take it with him when he didn’t have enough time to eat breakfast at home.


  • 1-1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1 cup low-fat evaporated milk, warm
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk, warm
  • 1 pouch active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • half of one sleeve of Ritz crackers
  • about 1/2 cup Parmesan Romano croutons


  • In a small sauce pan, heat the evaporated and fresh milk until the temperature  reaches to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  You can use a candy thermometer to measure the heat.  Add the yeast and sugar.  Mix until the sugar is dissolved.  Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.  The yeast mixture is ready when it bubbles up.
  • In a food processor or a blender, add Ritz crackers and Parmesan Romano croutons.  Pulse until you get the bread crumbs consistency you preferred.  Transfer into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • On a large bowl, combine  the first five ingredients.  Whisk to mix until well combined.  Set aside.  On a separate medium bowl, scrambled the egg.  Add the melted butter and condensed milk.  Whisk to mix until well combined.
  • In a stand mixer with the hook attachment,  add  half of the flour mixture, the egg mixture and half of the and yeast mixture.  Beat in slow speed just until combined.  Add the remaining flour mixture and yeast mixture and beat in low speed until just combined stopping and scraping the sides as needed.  Continue to beat until you have a smooth dough.
  • Sprinkle a clean surface with flour.   Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on the surface with flour. Form a ball and place it in a bowl brushed with oil.
  • Cover the bowl with damped cloth.   Let stand for an hour until the dough doubled in size.  I put mine in the oven with the door partly open to let the heat from the light helped the dough rise more rapidly (I learned this technique from my sister Elsa).
  • Remove from the bowl and knead again for about 30 seconds.  Using a dough cutter, cut the dough three to four ways.  Roll one of the cut doughs and shape it like a cylinder.   Cut diagonally to sizes you preferred.

Dip the cut pandesal in the bread crumbs and place in the baking tray lined with parchment paper with the cut side facing up.  Let stand for additional 10-15 minutes.   Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


Bake for 12 to 15 minutes*.  Let cool before you try one (although I didn’t :)).  Serve with a glass of hot cocoa, milk, latte, tea or coffee.


  • Due to variations on all ovens, baking time may require adjustments.
  • Remember quinoa is gluten-free, so the texture of the rolls is different than the rolls with gluten.

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Quinoa Congee Soup

This dish my friend is my healthier version of the Filipino comfort food, Arroz Caldo (Chicken and Rice) or Congee soup.  It’s low in calories and high in protein and fiber and half the carbohydrates than rice.  And, it’s so easy to make.  Your stomach would thank you for having this instead of the usual rice recipe.



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