I often make soup on Sunday during the fall and winter months. I love having something healthy to eat instantly for lunch or a snack. Sometimes I even have soup for breakfast when I need something warmer than a green smoothie.
This is a traditional soup from Peru made with their favorite grain. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa)is a grain that comes from the Andes Mountains of South America. Quinoa’s origins are truly ancient. It was one of the most sacred foods of the ancient Incas, a plant so nourishing, delicious and vital, they called it chesiya mama; the ‘mother grain’. Quinoa is a high protein, low glycemic grain which fills you up and gives you energy.
Peruvian Quinoa Soup
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan PRINT RECIPE
1 Tb olive oil
1 large onion diced
1 large leek white and light green part only, washed well and sliced
1 stalk celery diced
2 carrots, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup sweet potatoes peeled, cut into ½” chunks
1 cup cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 white turnip, peeled, cut into ½” chunks
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp ancho chili powder
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1/4 cup quinoa
¼ – ½ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
1/2 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
- In a medium soup pot, heat oil on low heat. Add onions, carrots, leeks, and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
- Add in the garlic. Sauté 1 minute more.
- Add the sweet potatoes, turnips, cabbage, cumin and chili powder. Stir to coat the vegetables with the spices.
- Saute 1 minute until spices are fragrant.
- Add stock and quinoa. Bring to a boil. Simmer until quinoa is cooked about 15 minutes.
- Add salt the last 5 minutes of cooking
- Add the parsley. Taste and adjust salt.
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