Miso Soup

1 dried shiitake, soaked and thinly sliced
2 cups water
1-2 inch piece of wakame, rinsed and sliced
¼ cup turnips cut into matchsticks
¼ cup onion, cut into half-moons
½ cup bokchoy, finely chopped
1-2 flat teaspoons of miso, diluted in a little soup liquid
Minced scallions for garnish

Bring water to a boil; add the shiitake, wakame and soaking liquids. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the onion, simmer 2-3 min. Add the turnip and simmer 3-4 min. Add diluted miso to the soup with bokchoy. Garnish with scallions.

Sweet Creamy Pureed Soup

½ cup squash, diced
1-cup onions, diced
1-cup carrot, diced
1-cup parsnip, diced

Enough water to come to the level of the vegetables
Sea salt
Shoyu
Scallions for garnish

In the bottom of a pot layer onions, squash, parsnip, and carrot. Add water to the level of the vegetables. Add a pinch of sea salt and bring to a boil on a medium flame. Simmer 15-20min until the vegetables are tender. Puree the ingredients in a blender or food mill. Place back in the pot and adjust the desired thickness with water and season with sea salt and shoyu to taste. Simmer 7-10min and serve with scallions.