side view of cooked diced mushrooms and aubergine on a plate

A new way to love your veg – try Miso Veg

Miso Veg

Sometimes, you just need to try something different to make you realise that actually you do like a certain vegetable! I have heard many people say they do not like aubergine and that astounds me! Sure, if you chop it up and boil it then I am totally in agreement with you! That is not how you cook an aubergine! However, if you add a few other vegetables, cook it properly and dress it with loads of umami flavour, then you will likely change your mind!

white plate with aubergine in centre
Miso veg served as a starter

The Miso Veg Recipe

This recipe was created using vegetables with a similar texture that would pair well together. I have used aubergines, courgettes and mushrooms, chopped up into tiny dice, then cooked with a delicious rich umami flavour. As well as miso (a savoury Japanese paste), I have added garlic and onion granules, a bit of chilli, salt & pepper and a splash of water. That’s it. Simple ingredients with maximum flavour.

side view ofcooked diced mushrooms and aubergine on a plate
Miso vegetables dressed with olive oil & balsamic

Let’s check out the recipe…

Miso veg
Course: main, Side Dish, starter
Keyword: aubergines, miso, mushrooms
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • splash of oil of choice (sesame works well, as does olive)
  • 1/2 medium aubergine (cut into small dice)
  • 5 medium chestnut mushrooms (cut into small dice)
  • 1 medium courgette (cut into small dice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste
  • small pinch of black pepper
  • small pinch of sea salt flakes
  • splash of water (around 50ml)
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan then add the diced aubergine. Cook until starting to brown. Add the mushrooms and cook until starting to change colour. Finally add the courgette and cook unitl softened. (To easily dice the veg, cut in half lengthways, then into slices, then strips, then dice).

  2. Add the garlic granules, onion granules,chilli flakes, miso paste, black pepper and season with salt. Mix in and cook through for a couple of minutes.

  3. Pour a bit of water over the vegetables, mix in and cook until all the liquid has gone. Turn off the heat. Check the seasoning. Serve.

  4. Enjoy!

I have added a few photos below so you can see each stage of the recipe and visualise how easy this is to make!

What do I need?

You can (as with most of my recipes), make this as easy or complicated as you wish! I have created this recipe to eat as it is, scattered on top of whatever I am eating and to add to my lentil soup (I love adding toppers to my soup)!

Miso veg on a white plate
Miso veg with sundried tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

If you are new to cooking or your kitchen needs a refresh, here are a few useful things for this recipe, including a link to the miso which I use. I receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!


Now, what you do with the vegetables once you have cooked them, is up to you! You could put them in a lettuce wrap with some fresh tomato and cucumber, serve over rice noodles, dollop them over a baked potato with some creamy cheese or scatter them over a plate of nachos! You could also serve them as a starter, maybe with some crusty bread, or as a side dish or topping to these tasty sausages or these fantastic veggie burgers.

sunlit plate of miso veg
Miso veg


I would advise to make this the same day that you want to eat it. It does store in the fridge for several days (4-5) but if you freeze it it goes a bit mushy once defrosted (but still tastes good).

Miso veg ready to serve


I hope you decide that aubergine is something you should give a chance to and I’d love to know how you would serve these miso vegetables? I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and would love to see your photos of these! Please share and tag me @LifeDietHealth or using #LifeDietHealth on InstagramPinterest,  Facebook or Twitter.

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I hope to speak with you soon

Laurena x


  • tulips79 6th May 2021 at 20:00

    Hi Laurena, I had to chuckle at the “chop it up and boil it” bit as that’s what my in-laws tend to do lol. Although they’re Italian, they simply don’t ‘do’ aubergine 🤪 I must admit, I don’t really do miso either- it’s not that I don’t like it, it’s not something I tend to buy. I must have a look for it next time I go shopping: I must like it as I’m defo a umami person😊

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 6th May 2021 at 23:13

      Haha… it’s so not a boily (is that even a word) vegetable! Marinate it, barbecue it, smoke it, spice it, roast it, stuff it or even fry it, but not boil it. Oh, you should definitely get some miso Eva… it makes a fab stock too or even a hot drink! and of course, use the miso for these wonderful veg! There are different miso’s but they’re all good!


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