Garden Vegetable Quinoa Soup is a low calorie, high fiber, flavor packed meal perfect for your weekend meal prep.
Total Cost: $6.87 recipe / $0.86 serving
Servings: 8(1.25 cup each)
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
1Tbspolive oil $0.11
1yellow onion $0.25
3ribs celery $0.44
115oz. cankidney beans$0.69
115oz. canfire roasted diced tomatoes $1.35
1/2tspdried basil $0.05
1tspdried oregano $0.10
1/2tspsmoked paprika $0.05
Freshly cracked black pepper $0.05
4cupsvegetable broth* $0.54
1/4lb.frozen spinach $0.40
Mince the garlic and dice the onion. Add the olive oil, garlic, and onion to a large pot and sauté over medium-low heat until the onions are soft and transparent.
While the garlic and onion are cooking, wash and peel the carrots, then slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Wash the celery and slice into 1/4-inch pieces. Add the carrots and celery to the pot and continue to sauté until they just begin to soften (about 5 minutes).
While the carrots and celery are cooking, rinse the quinoa well with cool running water in a wire mesh sieve. Drain and rinse the kidney beans. Add the quinoa, kidney beans, diced tomatoes (with juices), basil, oregano, smoked paprika, and some freshly cracked pepper (about 20 cranks of a pepper mill) to the pot.
Add the vegetable broth and water to the pot, place a lid on top, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Allow the pot to come to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 25 minutes (make sure it's simmering the entire time, turning the heat up just slightly if it stops).
After simmering for 25 minutes the quinoa should be slightly translucent and tender. If not, let simmer a few minutes longer. Stir in 1/4 lb. of frozen spinach until heated through. Taste the soup and add salt or adjust the seasonings if necessary. Serve hot.
*I use Better Than Bouillon to make my broth. If you use a low sodium broth, you may need to add a pinch of salt to the finished soup.