Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Family Meals for Much Less than a Fiver - Quinoa Soup

Quinoa is a grain like food that is economical, healthy and easy to cook.You can buy it in packets from supermarkets and health food shops. 

High in protein, vitamins and minerals it is an excellent food with many health benefits.


I made this delicious soup from quinoa. It is quick and easy to make. It serves six and costs between £1.50 and £2 (33p each). A 500g pack of quinoa was £2.84 from our local health food shop.

You will need:-


170g  quinoa   -  50p

500ml cold water

3 tbsps olive oil

1 Large leek, chopped   - 50p

1 onion peeled and chopped - 15p

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 carrot, finely chopped or grated - 10p

1 litre vegetable stock

1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes  - 33p

1 tsp Parika

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp mixed herbs

Wash the quinoa and drain. This is to get rid of the saponin that coats the seeds and can cause them to taste bitter.

Cover the quinoa with cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for five minutes. Add the leek and fry for a few more minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock along with the herbs and spices. Drain the quinoa and add to the mix. Bring back to the boil, stirring occasionally and simmer for a few minutes. Adjust seasoning, and serve.

Do you have quinoa recipes to share?

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