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February 18, 2008

Vegetable Soup with Quinoa and Barley

Vegetable Soup with Quinoa and Barley

Nothing is as warming on a cold winter day as a hearty, healthy bowl of soup! Last week when we were iced in for two days Alexis wanted to make some vegetable soup and this is what came about. It's rich, warm, chunky and oh so filling, all while being healthy. What's not to like? So if you want to chase away the winter blues whip up a pot of this healthy, yet quick soup, and in no time you'll be warm and toasty!

What You'll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 button mushrooms, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 - 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 leek, chopped
A pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons of dried oregano
1 cup of frozen corn
1 cup of frozen peas
1/2-1 cup of quinoa
1/2-1 cup of barley
1 quart of broth (Note: You can use vegetable or chicken broth, whichever you prefer. If the soup seems too thick to you add more broth. You'll most likely have to add more broth to left overs as the soup ingredients absorb the liquid the longer it sits.)
3 tablespoons of tomato paste

In a medium sized stock pot sauté vegetables in a little non-stick spray until onions are tender with a pinch of sea salt, some freshly ground black pepper and oregano. Stir in frozen peas, corn, quinoa and barley. Cover the mixture with broth and stir in tomato paste. Bring to a quick boil and the lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes covered or until barley is tender.

Vegetable Soup with Quinoa and Barley

Notes: You can add any vegetables you like. Alexis wanted to add some ABC noodles to the mix as well so we did to hers. Garlic would be a nice addition. Soup really is an easy dish to tweak, so add what you like!

Posted by Dianne at February 18, 2008 7:45 AM

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Comments

This soup looks so healthy and nutritious and yet guilt-free. Still too warm in SA for soup, but I have bookmarked your blog.

Posted by: Nina at February 18, 2008 2:51 PM

Welcome! I hope you enjoy the soup when it grows cold enough to try it! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at February 19, 2008 8:56 AM

This is all I've wanted to eat since seeing this entry yesterday.

Posted by: Jamie at February 19, 2008 3:21 PM

Alexis has asked for it twice since last week. She's a fan too! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at February 19, 2008 7:00 PM

Dianne, your photos of soup are stunning...my soup photos always turn out poorly. I wish I'd had some of that soup for breakfast.

Posted by: Vanessa at February 20, 2008 10:19 AM

Thanks Vanessa! I give 100% of the credit to my camera! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at February 20, 2008 1:35 PM

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