Quinoa Vegetable Soup (Home Cookin’)

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So happy to share my Quinoa Vegetable Soup recipe as part of the #LIFHolidayHealthCampaign! This dish can be prepared with the Lucky Iron Fish for a simple and nutritious iron-rich meal.

Iron is essential for a healthy and productive life. Many of us do not stop and think about just how important it is – it affects one’s energy levels, immune system, brain and muscle development, and so much more! Around the world, there are countless children and families who do not have access to iron-rich ingredients like meat, seafood, or dark leafy greens. The Lucky Iron Fish is a convenient, easy and inexpensive way to ensure a sufficient amount of iron in one’s daily diet. All you do is place the fish in a pot of boiling liquid for ten minutes and remove. It works best when a few drops of lemon or other citrus juice are added. To find out more about the Lucky Iron Fish, please visit their website here: Lucky Iron Fish.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Ingredients
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 head of green cabbage (cut into quarters or eights, depending on size of cabbage)
1 bunch of bok choy (chopped into two inch pieces)
1 yellow onion, cut into eighths
1 can plum tomatoes (rinsed, de-seeded and chopped)
3 gloves garlic (chopped)
4 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
A few squirts of fish sauce (to taste)
A few drops of lemon juice (about a quarter of a lemon)
Kosher salt and black pepper

Total cook time: Approximately 60 minutes

Directions
1. Add the water, vegetable broth, and lemon juice to a large pot.

2. Add the Lucky Iron Fish and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.

3. Take out the Lucky Iron Fish.

4. Add the onions and garlic to the soup. Cook at medium heat for about 10 – 15 minutes until softened.

5. Add as much cabbage and bok choy as will fit in the pot (you will most likely have leftovers). Add more water if needed. Cook at medium heat for another 15 – 20 minutes until the cabbage and bok choy are softened.

6. Add the tomatoes and a few squirts of fish sauce. Mix well and taste the soup. Add more if desired.

7. Add the quinoa and simmer on low heat for 20 min or until quinoa is fully cooked.

8. Season with salt and pepper as desired. (You may not need salt, as the fish sauce has a good amount of sodium. You can also eliminate the fish sauce to make this dish vegetarian/vegan.)

9. Enjoy your iron-enriched vegetable soup!

Quinoa Vegetable Soup (Home Cookin’)