It's not quite chilly yet, but pretty soon I guarantee that there's nothing you'll be wanting more than a nice, hot bowl of soup to warm you up from the inside out. I'm a big fan of simple soups – and this one definitely fits the bill!
It's hearty, filling, yet surprisingly light – and chock full of nutrients, especially protein and fiber, which makes it an awesome weight loss meal!
Best part (besides the hearty, healthy flavor)? It's a one-pot meal, so you won't be washing many dishes! ;D
Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 40 min. Difficulty: Super Easy!
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe adapted from Simple Veganista
What You'll Need
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 large celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons herbs de provence or thyme
1/2 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
2 15 oz. cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, with juices (fired roasted pref.)
7 – 8 cups vegetable broth or water
1 5 oz. package baby kale (or 1 small bunch, de-stemmed and roughly chopped)
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
1. In a large stew pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions for 5 mins or so, until translucent. Add garlic, celery, carrots, herbs, and spices, then cook another 2 mins.
2. Add quinoa, beans, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 25 mins.
3. Add kale and simmer, stirring occasionally, until kale wilts.
Serve hot with a side of crusty bread, and a light dusting of almond parmesan! Yum :) and if you're not vegan, parmesan cheese also works super well :)
When choosing beans, cannellini, great northern, navy beans or chickpeas all work well!