Secret Recipe Club: Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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Wow we are already in the month of March. And in less then a week we are going into daylight savings time. Does that mean winter is almost over? Another reason to make me smile is that today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

I really enjoyed my pick this month and I have to say I have a lot of respect for her too, she is a very courageous woman. My assigned blog was Biting Life which is written by Miranda. She loves to read, has a great supportive boyfriend and, lucky girl, has her dream job as an editorial assistant at a publishing company (do you take cookbook submissions lol?).

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Miranda’s blog focuses a lot on eating healthy and she used this blog to help her eat well and sucessfully loose weight. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with a disability some time back which pretty much limits her capacity to exercise as it can bring on a lot of pain. She writes extensively on her disability Heel Pad Syndrome and I urge you to go check it out.

The great thing is this does not stop her from living life to the max and enjoying things she loves…like food. I was very tempted by several of her recipes. My first choices were a Beer Caramel Sauce, an Orange Beef and a yummy Vegetable Moo Goo Gai Pan.

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But I went with the Quinoa Vegetable Soup finally because I always say I have to eat more quinoa. It’s one of those things I like but then I forget they exist. Quinoa originated in the Andean Mountain range and the words comes from the native tongue Quechua, kinwa. The Incas considered this crop to be sacred and called it the “mother of all grains”.

And they had good reason to hold it so dear. Quinoa is packed with good stuff such as a high protein content, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, it is gluten free and it is also a source of calcium. In fact 2013 has been declared International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations.

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This was a wonderful soup indeed. It is packed with vegetables and quinoa that is a protein source. Vegan meal anyone? Well I actually used chicken broth because that is what I had on hand but the original recipe calls for vegetable broth. I also omitted the celery stalk and replaced it with fenugreek. It was a perfect addition to a meal I made where my guest must eat lacto and gluten free.

OK so one more thing before the recipe. I only saw one mention but Miranda, claims she is more than a little bit obsessed with goats. Funny enough I was introduced to one of the current viral YouTube videos where popular songs are mixed in with goats. Check them out, there are tons. But this one is for you Miranda!

 

Quinoa Vegetable Soup
Recipe Type: Salads & Soups
Author: adapeted from Miranda Mowbray
Ingredients
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups spinach, frozen
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fennugreek
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil and add your garlic, onion, and celery, stirring frequently over medium high heat until the onion is translucent (5 minutes).
  2. Add your vegetable broth, water, and tomatoes. Add your spices and stir. After a few minutes, add your spinach and allow it to wilt. Lastly, add your quinoa, lower your heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 

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Can you guess what this picture is? I had so much fun playing around with Photoshop in my last post, I went all artsy again. This was made from the first picture on top. Cool right? Wanna know how I did it? I’ll tell you in the next post if you do, just let me know in your comments.



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Guest
2 years 4 months ago

We loved your ice cream this month! I love the serving dish for this soup, it is great. The soup sounds delicous. I recently heard of the goat songs and they are hilarious. Great post!

Guest
2 years 4 months ago

Quinoa in soup! What a great idea. Soup looks wonderful.

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2 years 4 months ago

I love cooking with quinoa but I actually haven’t used it in soup before. Seems like an easy and really healthy soup, thanks for sharing.

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The Squishy Monster
2 years 4 months ago

What another great way to use quinoa! Love its versatility and the flavor of this soup!

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2 years 4 months ago

What is with people and quinoa these days? I don’t get the hype. :(

Guest
2 years 4 months ago

I need to go check out the beer caramel…mmmmmm. But I love the dish you selected, too…so healthy, hearty and tasty. We have a winter storm brewing…and a big pot of this soup would be perfect to ward off the chill!

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2 years 4 months ago

the soup looks great! yay for src :)

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2 years 4 months ago

i love quinoa soups! this one sounds delicious :)

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2 years 4 months ago

This soup looks fabulous. I love quinoa and my kids do too, so I will definitely be trying this soon.

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2 years 4 months ago

I love using Quinoa or Quinua in my soups! It is a delicious and healthy grain! I glad is getting popular around the world!That soups sounds delicious, Evelyn and Miranda! I am going to visit her blog!

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2 years 4 months ago

I’m off to go visit Miranda’s blog. It sounds like she and I have much in common.

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2 years 4 months ago

I have a package of quinoa in my pantry waiting to be used. This soup sounds like a very good idea!

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2 years 4 months ago

It’s turning chilly nowadays so this soup will be just the ticket for a healthy, filling meal! 😀

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2 years 4 months ago

Love quinoa! The soup looks delish, Evelyne.

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Marie E
2 years 4 months ago

Thanks for this post, Ev, I like Quinoa but not crazy about the texture so this seems like the perfect way to incorporate into my diet. Hugs!

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2 years 4 months ago

This looks fabulous! Quinoa + veggies in a soup…perfect winter dinner. Nice pick.

Guest
2 years 4 months ago

Your soup sounds delicious and with our current cold weather, a perfect meal!

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.

Lisa~~

Guest
2 years 4 months ago

Yes I’d like to know how you did it in photoshop! Wow you are so creative! I like that you added quinoa in vegetable soup. What a healthy and delicious meal!

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2 years 4 months ago

I would have jumped all over this! Great pic!

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2 years 4 months ago

Wow, those look delicious!
This is the first time on your blog. It’s great. Love the layout.

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2 years 4 months ago

Quinoa has got to be one of my favorite go-to-grains, especially now that my grocery store offers it in the bulk food section. Great SRC pick and love the “Adele” video!

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Miranda @ Biting Life
2 years 4 months ago

Hahahaha oh my gosh, I’m dying! Thank you for posting that video for me :) Wow, everything you wrote about me was so incredibly sweet, thank you so much for all of the nice things that you said. Glad you enjoyed the soup!

Your point that you only saw one mention of my obsession is a good one. I think that I should probably start including goats in all of my posts from now on…