If you are new to quinoa (which I doubt), you are going to love this soup! This cute little grain has become so popular over the years and finds it’s way into all sorts of recipes at our house. Recently I have done a lot of price comparisons trying to find the best deal on quinoa in bulk. The differences in price are crazy…anywhere from $2.15/lb. to $6/lb. So far I have found Costco to be the very best deal (shockingly) at $2.15/lb. I was wondering if any of you have ever found quinoa for a better price than Costco? I would love to stock up even more, but wondered if anyone had any suggestions on bulk pricing?
Besides the great flavor of quinoa (kind of nutty version of rice or couscous), there are many health benefits to this super-food. The great thing I love about this grain is I can hide it in just about anything and help my kids eat a little extra protein and fiber. In this soup, it gives a great thickness and texture that is much healthier than eating a straight pasta soup. Add the flavor of thyme, garlic, shredded turkey and lots of vegetables and you have a soup that is not only filling, but extremely delicious! Serve with our homemade French Bread and your soul will be nice and warmed one of these frigid winter nights.
8 Health Benefits of Quinoa (from Healthy Living):
1. High quality protein with the nine essential
amino acids, the protein balance is similar to milk. At 16.2 to 20
percent protein, quinoa has more protein than rice (7.5 percent), millet
(9.9 percent) or wheat (14 percent).
2. Great source of riboflavin. Riboflavin has been
shown to help reduce the frequency of attacks in migraine sufferers by
improving the energy metabolism within the brain and muscle cells.
3. Inca warriors had more stamina and quicker recovery time by eating these quinoa seeds, making it a truly ancient powerfood.
4. Antiseptic. The saponins from quinoa are used to promote healing of skin injuries in South America.
5. Not fattening! Only 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry
(24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are
complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).
6. Gluten-free. Since it is not related to wheat, or even a grain, it is gluten-free.
7. Alkaline-forming. Although it is not strongly alkaline-forming, it is comparable to wild rice, amaranth, and sprouted grains.
8. Smart Carb: It is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar.
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup celery, chopped
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa
- 7-8 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup small shell noodles
- 3 cups leftover turkey (or chicken)
- 1 pint half and half or whole milk
- 1 tsp. parsley
- Dash of cayenne
- 1 cup frozen peas, add at the end so they don't get overcooked
- Chop the carrots, onion and celery and place them in a soup pot over medium heat and two tablespoons butter. Saute until the vegetables are slightly tender. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to saute until the quinoa is toasted. After a few minutes on medium heat, add the chicken stock and noodles and continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the noodles and quinoa are soft. After they are soft add the shredded turkey, the half and half and parsley. Season with extra salt, pepper and cayenne pepper as needed.