Black Bean & Quinoa Soup

When my colleague told me she made black bean soup for her household, I was jealous. But mostly, I was inspired. It was exactly what I needed to prepare for the cold weather. I haven’t been craving soups and this was the first time in months that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. You can imagine, as the queen of soups, how happy this made me!

What makes this soup special is that it’s simple. It has all the parts of soup that you could ask for: filling, flavorful and a great ratio. This recipe is based off of Post Punk Kitchen but with some minor changes. I added nutritional yeast for some cheesiness, subbed in paprika for a smoother heat and got rid of the garlic. I can’t seem to keep garlic around the kitchen long enough but you’re welcome to add that in at home.

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Black Bean & Quinoa Soup

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, medium diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 large carrot, medium dice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 24 oz can black beans
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 lime wedge
  1. In a medium pot large enough to fit all of the ingredients, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until translucent. Add the carrots, cumin, oregano, paprika and stir.
  2. Pour the vegetable broth and quinoa into the pot. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add the black beans and bay leaf. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the quinoa is tender.
  3. Remove from heat and remove the bay leaf. Stir in the nutritional yeast. Garnish with the avocado and lime.

Serves 4.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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