Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

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Quinoa is an amazing food that has the highest protein content of any grain and provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.  It is also gluten-free so great for anyone living a gluten-free lifestyle.

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When my kids and I went to my friend’s house for a play date and lunch, she made soup with quinoa and veggies that was incredible.  I attempted to make it and it turned out really well!

I used organic ingredients wherever I could.  If you can’t use organic, make sure to use Biokleen Produce Wash to get the harmful chemicals off of the vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups organic, low salt vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon organic Italian seasoning (contains several different spices)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic sage
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste (I sprinkled this a couple of times throughout the cooking process to add flavor)
  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups organic carrots sliced
  • 3 stalks organic celery chopped
  • 1/2 chopped sweet onion
  • 5 asparagus stalks cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 teaspoons fresh, minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped kale (I used Lacinato kale)
  • 1 cup organic red quinoa (I use Eden Foods Organic Red Quinoa, washed and drained a few times.  I do this even if the package says it has been washed)

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Directions:

  • Combine the broth and water in a large stock pot and put the heat on low on the stove.
  • Add the Italian seasoning, sage, sea salt and pepper and stir.
  • Chop and add the cauliflower, carrots, celery, sweet onion and asparagus and stir.
  • Wash and drain the quinoa a couple of times.
  • Add the garlic and stir.
  • Add the cabbage and kale and stir.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, add the quinoa, stir and cover.  Lower heat to simmer and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes of simmering, take pot off burner and let stand, with cover on, for 5 minutes.

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As I was making this soup, my husband kept coming inside (he was outside with the kids).  He said the soup smelled really good and looked good, too.  I made quite a big pot of soup.  When everyone came inside, my husband was going to wait until dinner to have some.  He wanted to taste it so took a little bite.  Then, he took out one of our big bowls and filled it right up with soup!  He proceeded to eat two more bowls of it.  So much for waiting until dinnertime!

It’s all about the journey…

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