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March 15, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Soups enriched with quinoa

Spiced quinoa vegetable soup, from Everyday Maven (and other quinoa soup recipes, via Soup Chick).

Vegetable soups have the power to cure whatever ails you -- low energy, too much snow, late nights at work -- but, let's face it, a bowl of vegetables in broth can be a bit thin and unsatisfying. Quinoa to the rescue! Quinoa thickens without adding any strong flavor, and it does so with just a few minutes of cooking in recipes like this spiced quinoa vegetable soup, from Everyday Maven. Pure quinoa is gluten-free (be sure to read package labels, to make sure the quinoa is not packaged in a facility that packages wheat products), which makes it handy to keep in your pantry.

Lots of quinoa-enriched soups caught my eye this week:

Vegetable quinoa soup, from Two Peas & Their Pod

Spiced quinoa vegetable soup, from Everyday Maven

Harvest chicken quinoa soup, from Iowa Girl Eats

Quinoa soup with avocado and corn, from Cheap Healthy Good

Sweet potato, spinach and quinoa soup, from Vintage Mixer

Lentil soup with chickpeas and quinoa, from Souvlaki for the Soul

Sweet potato soup with quinoa and coconut milk, from A Veggie Venture

Tomato quinoa soup, from Jeanette's Healthy Living

Slow cooker chicken and white bean soup with quinoa, from Aggie's Kitchen

Spicy roasted tomato soup with quinoa and feta, from We Are Not Martha

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: KalynsKitchen | March 15, 2014 at 06:16 PM

Love the idea of using quinoa in soup and I'm not sure I've ever done it!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | March 15, 2014 at 07:11 PM

Kalyn, it's a great thickener, and adds a little nutritional boost, too.

Posted by: susan g | March 16, 2014 at 08:06 PM

so many tempting recipes, so little time!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | March 16, 2014 at 08:14 PM

Susan, that's what I like to hear.

Posted by: Alyssa (Everyday Maven) | March 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Thanks for including my soup Lydia! Quinoa really adds a great texture - so many awesome recipes on this list!

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