sweet potato, quinoa, & kale soup.

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There really is nothing like a homemade soup. Fight the comfort food cravings this winter (even though today is 80 degrees! – yes… it’s March 10 and it’s 80 degrees), and try my hearty and healthy superfoods soup with sweet potato, quinoa, and kale!

So what’s all the hype about quinoa anyway? Quinoa is a grain that is also a complete protein. One serving (1/4 cup dry) contains a whopping 7 grams of protein. Did you know that kale also contains 3 grams of protein per cup? Don’t be fooled by the name – this meatless soup contains 10 grams of protein per serving to fill you up!

 

RECIPE: (serves 7)

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (1-inch cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium, organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups kale, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven pot to medium-high heat
  • Add olive oil and garlic to the pot
  • Cook until garlic is translucent (about 2 minutes), stirring frequently
  • Add the diced sweet potatoes, parsley, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and thyme
  • Cook until potatoes are slightly browned (about 10 minutes), stirring frequently
  • Add vegetable broth and water and lower heat to a light simmer and cover to cook potatoes (Note: this is going to seem like a lot of liquid, but once the quinoa is added, the quinoa will absorb a lot of the liquid)
  • Meanwhile, in a separate pot, cook the quinoa according to package instructions
  • Once quinoa is cooked, add it right into to the soup pot
  • Cover and let simmer until potatoes are fork tender (about 20 minutes)
  • Once potatoes are tender, add chopped kale one handful at a time, letting the kale wilt after each addition
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts per serving: 284 calories, 6g fat, 3g monounsaturated fat, 1g polyunsaturated fat, 53g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 10g protein

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