May 11, 2012

Quinoa Black Bean Soup

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A meal doesn't get much more nutrient-packed than this! Colorful veggies and protein from the quinoa and beans come together to form a soup overflowing with healthy goodness. This makes a large batch, so be sure to reduce or cut in half if desired.

Vegan, gluten-free

Ingredients
1 1/3 cups dry quinoa, rinsed well
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
6 oz. fresh baby spinach
3 carrots
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. chili powder
Cilantro for topping

Directions
Cook quinoa in a small saucepan according to package directions.
Meanwhile, dice onion and carrot. Mince garlic and roughly chop spinach.
In a stockpot over med-high heat, saute onion, carrot, and garlic with cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt for about 7 minutes.
Add vegetable broth, 4 cups water, and tomatoes with juice. Cover and bring to a light simmer.
Reduce heat to med-low, add cooked quinoa, spinach, and black beans. Let heat through for about 5-10 minutes. Season well with salt.
Serve topped with chopped fresh cilantro.

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8 comments:

  1. I just had to pin this ... immediately caught my eye b/c it's so bright and easy!

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  2. Yummy quinoa. A very good alternative to meat and very tasty. Excellent dish!

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  3. This looks delicious - I just bought quinoa and a ton of veggies, so this looks like a perfect, easy meal. Can't wait to try it!

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  4. I went with what I had in the house. I mixed white and red quinoa. Kale for spinach. Added garlic scapes with the saute. I had only one can of black beans so I also added a can of garbazo beans. I like spice so I also added some ground red pepper. I added the kale with the stock since it is not as tender as spinach. Yum!!

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    1. Your substitutions sound AWESOME!! Nice work! Don't you just love that about soup? So versatile :)

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  5. I can't wait to try it!! is dinner tonight...

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