I’m very ready for this week to end. Excuse me while I whine about work for a minute because everyone is sick with some sort of flu again. Three people in our group were out either sick or caring for a sick kid and I spent the day juggling 14 things at once with constant interruptions, ugh! Somehow I was able to breakaway for lunch and met hubby at Baagan for a huge kale salad with oranges, avocado, and a spicy crunchy sunflower seed topping.
I could eat this salad every day and not get tired of it!
Leela seems as cranky as me today snarling at Miko as he tore around with his toy.
While Miko is never cranky, life is just one big party.
Love that about him!
I was drawing blanks on what to do for dinner, just knew that I was craving quinoa and had broccoli in the fridge that needed to be used up. This Easy Quinoa Broccoli Soup recipe caught my eye even though it’s not exactly vegan friendly. A little tweaking and I came up with a good, lighter vegan version.
Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Soup
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 2 cups of chopped broccoli
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tbsp. white miso paste
- 1/4 cup hummus
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp. seasoning blend
Saute oil, onions, and garlic in a medium soup pot over medium heat until onions are translucent. Stir in water, quinoa, broccoli, miso paste, and seasoning blend and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Add hummus and nutritional yeast and stir over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until soup thickens. Makes 4-6 servings.
You can throw larger broccoli chunks into the pot because they break up nicely to blend with the quinoa after simmering.
And you can use a seasoning blend of choice, I grabbed Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute.
Same goes for the hummus, you can use plain or get crazy with a flavored hummus. I used Hope Hummus.
And topped it with Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella Shreds for a simple dinner.
It makes 6 side servings or about 4 main servings and has a wonderfully creamy and rich flavor and a hearty texture. The vegan shreds melted into the soup nicely adding more thickness and this recipe could easily be a hit with kids,