Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spicy Mexican Quinoa Soup

I found this soup on Pinterest  via Forgiving Martha and it looked really yummy! I also had never had quinoa before and really wanted to try it. It's packed with protein and fiber! I made this soup two weeks in a row for lunch it was that good. It makes a lot, which is nice because I can eat it for lunch all week..yes, it's that good that I don't get sick of it. Matt and Ava (the lovely couple I nanny for) really enjoyed it too. I'd say the only bad thing was that the quinoa sucked up a lot of the broth. I told myself I was going to not add as much quinoa the second time but I guess I forgot. I just add a little more water each time I reheat it. Don't worry about it watering down at all because it doesn't. I served my soup with some avocado and cilantro, yum! I highly recommend this soup. It's very tasty! It's also super easy to make and great for a fast healthy lunch! It's also vegan and gluten free, score!

Slightly adapted from: Forgiving Martha
Spicy Mexican Quinoa Soup
4 C Vegetable stock or broth
1 (28oz) can Muir Glen fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1/2 white or yellow onion chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 poblano pepper chopped
1 jalepeno pepper chopped
1tblsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder, or more if you like it spicy like me!
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 avocado
cilantro, chopped for garnish

Saute onions and garlic over medium heat with a bit of olive oil until translucent and fragrant.  Add vegetable stock or broth, crushed tomatoes, quinoa, peppers, and spices. Cook on medium heat for about 40 minutes or until quinoa is cooked. It may not look like you are adding a lot of quinoa at first, but once it's cooked it doubles in size and becomes soft, like rice. You'll know when it's done! :) If you need to add more water or broth feel free to do so. Ladle into dishes and top w/ cilantro and avocado and enjoy!

Sorry this picture is kind of blurry

 Mmm doesn't it look delish?!


Mindie Hilton said...

Looks delicious!

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage said...

So glad you stopped by and like my kitchen and my farmhouse sink!

Oh, this looks amazing! I think my girls (12 year old twins) would love this! They have very discerning tastes!

Trying to eat less meat and going to peruse your blog for some inspiration!

Deanna @ Little Green Bow said...

This looks delicious! I just made quinoa for the first time this weekend and it was fantastic. Now I'm looking for more ways to eat it. Stopping by from The Shady Porch. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

OH this looks really good! It's supposed to get chilly here this weekend so maybe this soup is in order!?!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

This soup sounds right up Robert's alley. Might be too spicy for me, but I'm willing to give it a try. Looks pretty in the blue bowl.

D @ The Shady Porch said...

It looks delicious. We've never tried quinoa...maybe all I needed was a recipe! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

April Lou said...

Looks awesome! I might have to give this one a try.

cheapcraftymama said...

That looks awesome! I would love for you to share at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Anonymous said...

It sounds fantastic, but just one problem: You didn't say how much quinoa to use. :)

Bridget Hedger said...

You are right thanks for letting me know! I used 1 cup cooked :) I will fix that!

Kristy Lynn said...

ooooh Bridget! i love quinoa - i actually have some red quinoa that's begging to be used. thank you for my lunch next week!

micki @ ADD housewife said...

This is cooking right now! thanks for the easy dinner tonight.

Bridget Hedger said...

Thanks ladies I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did

Debbie @ Easy Natural Food said...

Hi Bridget, this soup looks wonderful! I love the vibrant colors the yummy spices! I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups (and other soupy dishes such as stocks/chowders/stews/chilis), every Sunday!

I would love you to come and post this recipe. Just stop by my blog on Sunday - the link will be up!

I hope to see you there:)

Tessa Domestic Diva said...

So darn pretty to look at, and I bet delicious too! Thanks for sharing with us on Allergy Free Wednesdays!

Barbara said...

This soounds and looks good I have not used quinoa in a soup thanks for the insporation. I love those cute bowls.

Pamela said...

Oh this looks yummy!! Look forward to trying it soon. I love healthy eating & LOVE to workout. Baking is a fun thing too & I love finding new ways to make things so I can eat them with all my quirks, etc.

Would love you to check out my site: http://imperfectlypamela.blogspot.com/2012/04/wordless-wednesday-well-almost.html

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