Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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So here’s a quick soup I threw together the other day using the harvest of veggies from my p-patch. Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand.

3 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cups carrots cut in 1/4 slices (about 6 purple carrots from my garden)
2 cloves of garlic sliced
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped (1 tsp dry)
1/2 tsp salt (more or less depending on how salty your broth is)
1 cup quinoa
4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 cup water
1-2 cups tomatoes chopped (and juices)
1 bunch swiss chard chopped into bite sized pieces

In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Toss in onions and saute for 5 minutes or so. Add garlic, carrots, salt and thyme and continue to saute until the onions are soft and golden, and carrots have softened slightly, about 3-5 minutes more. Add the quinoa and stir. Turn heat up to high and add the broth and water. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down, cover and simmer for about 8 minutes. Toss in the chard stems, cover and continue to simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chard greens and tomatoes with juices. Simmer uncovered for another few minutes until the greens and the quinoa are tender. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

This should make 4 generous meal portions or 6 or so side portions. If you have leftovers you may need to add a little more water when you reheat it because the quinoa will absorb most of the liquid when you store it in the refrigerator.

boxofbirds

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3 Responses to “Quinoa Vegetable Soup”

  1. hiphostess Says:

    Love any recipe that has loads of veggies and quinoa. If you like quinoa, try my Quinoa Salad with Orange, Cilantro and Golden Raisins – http://hiphostess.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/quinoa-salad-with-orange-cilantro-golden-raisins/

    Thanks for your post!

  2. Jaq Says:

    This post made me investigate quinoa, and I found that yes indeed you CAN get just about anything from Amazon. I’m having some for lunch today, with a little sauteed chard and some toasted sesame oil.

  3. boxofbirds Says:

    Thanks for the tip, hip.

    Yes, I love quinoa. You can also get it in bulk at Whole Paycheck for pretty cheap. It has such great nutty flavor, quick to prepare and full of complete protein.

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