Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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Continuing our body preparation for upcoming Diwali… Getting ourselves in the Best of our shape for Diwali dazzle… Rejoice wellness brings you another soup recipe that’s a vegan, gluten free balanced meal and serve great as your pre Diwali dinner.

Quinoa Vegetable Soup


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups chopped seasonal vegetables, like peas, beans, bell pepper, sweet potatoes or pumpkin
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large bowl diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh colander
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, as to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch red chili flakes, as to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as to taste
  • Chickpeas 1 cup, rinsed and mildly cooked
  • Chopped fresh kale or spinach 1 cup or more
  • Lemon juice, 1 to 2 teaspoons, to taste


  1. Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion, carrot, celery, seasonal vegetables and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant while stirring frequently, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the diced tomatoes with their juices and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often.
  5. Pour in the quinoa, broth and the water.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 2 bay leaves and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  7. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes, then remove the lid and add the chickpeas and the chopped kale or spinach.
  10. Continue simmering for 5 minutes or more, until the greens have softened to your liking.
  11. Remove the pot from heat, then remove the bay leaves.
  12. Stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  13. Taste and season with more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice until the flavors really come alive.