Cauliflower steaks coated with tahini miso

Add these tahini miso coated cauliflower steaks to your menu!

You can enjoy this recipe as a starter with a side dish of egg whites, vegetables, and maybe some grain / carbohydrates, or as a side dish – regardless of how you enjoy it, the star of the show really is the tahini miso sauce.

What is miso?

Let’s talk about this fermented, slightly funky umami paste made from soybeans and mold called Koji (Aspergillus oryzae made from soybeans, barley, or rice) – sounds good, doesn’t it? Miso is traditionally used in Japanese cuisine and is used for its health benefits and delicious umami taste.

But wait, there are nutrients and things to make you feel good about in this funky paste! Miso contains probiotics, phosphorus, manganese, copper, vitamin K, and a variety of B vitamins.

Miso can ferment for weeks and sometimes years, depending on the brand and type, resulting in the presence of bacteria and probiotics. We know probiotics (good bacteria) are so important to creating a healthy microbiome and digestive function.

The great thing about miso is that you can use it in so many ways, starting with adding it to a simple salad dressing, a feel-good broth, a paste for frying vegetables with, marinade, hummus, and the list goes on. I love adding miso to dressings and sauces because it creates that creamy texture without doing anything tedious to achieve it.

One thing to consider when buying miso is its color. In short, the darker the miso color, the stronger the taste, which is great for hearty soups and stews. This is due to the time it fermented compared to the lighter colored misos which are slightly sweet and perfect for dressings, sauces, and even desserts.


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Our Foundational Five system helps you nourish your physical body so you can learn what to eat. This is the first step in mindful eating. The rest is knowing how to eat and how to positively experience your food.

Eating in this way supports your physical body on a cellular level and ensures that you are depleting the nutrients you need for sharp focus, calm digestion, lasting energy, healthy sleep, and vibrant long-term health.

Here are the following five basic elements in this recipe:

1 • Non-starchy carbohydrate

2 • Starchy carbohydrate

  • Serve with cereals, legumes or potatoes

3 • Healthy fat

4 • protein

  • Serve with a protein of your choice

5 • Taste factor

  • Miso
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • Lime juice
  • ginger
  • Gluten-free soy sauce

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