Quinoa and Chickpea Soup

"All the goodness and protein of a grain and a pulse combined, with a lovely tomato taste and rich texture."
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  • Saute the onions in olive oil until soft.
  • Add garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper and cook for 2 minutes stirring continuously.
  • Add tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock and quinoa and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add parsley, coriander and lemon juice and blend with a hand blender.
  • Add the chick peas, serve when they are warmed through.

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  1. Great soup! I think I used about 1/3 cup of quinoa, by the way. Just two notes: it's a good idea to rinse quinoa before you cook it, because it has a bitter-tasting powder on it before it's rinsed; and I used about 1 cup of chopped onion (there is no onion in the ingredient list, but it's mentioned in the instructions). Thanks for sharing!
  2. this soup is absoloutely delicious! i didn't have any fresh tomatoes or parsley, so i used a tin of diced tomatoes and a teaspoon of chopped mint, and swapped the regular paprika for smoked paprika and added a chooped onion. this one is definately going in my cookbook. thanks posting!


Hi. I live in Birmingham, England, famed for its chocolate and car manufacturing. Its a big multicultural city so getting most ingredients is not a problem, be them Turkish, Indian, Malaysian in origin, you can pretty much get it all somewhere. I am a vegetarian and check that everything I consume is vegetarian, which may get a bit annoying at people's houses and restaurants, but I need to make sure that no dead animals are eaten by me at all. I hate it when people respond to me telling them I am vegetarian by asking me if I eat fish! If I ate fish (or chicken, bacon, gelatin etc.) I would not be a vegetarian, but I guess a lot of people just don't get it. If it had to die, then its not for me! I always wanted to be vegetarian as a child, but its hard when your mom cooks for you and there is no leaving the table until your plate is empty. At around the age of 12 though she realised I was serious and was really good with accepting it then. She would always give me an alternative to the meat the rest of the family was eating, which must have been hard to do when catering for a family and working full time. So thanks for that, Mom. I am defintely vegetarian for moral/ethical reasons. I see no difference between humans and animals (well there is no difference humans are a type of animal ;-)), and cannot understand why we have pet cats, dogs rabbits etc. but are perfectly prepared to eat pigs, sheep and even other rabbits! My poor husband is not a vegetarian, but he doesn't get to eat meat very often, usually only if we eat out, though I do catch him cooking the odd burger now and again, and he seems to be able to add a slice of bacon to just about anything we cook. We do cook together most of the time, though I seem to specialise in soups/stews and him in cakes and sweet things in general - but then he is very sweet himself! I have a daughter who I am bringing up vegetarian. She loves everything I give her to eat so far, especially pudding, just like her Dad. She's still only tiny though so she'll probably hit a picky spot at some point soon. I know she'll have to make her own mind up about eating animals when she is old enough to, and I really hope she picks vegetarian, but it has to be her decision. I love Australia and went back for a third time on my honeymoon a couple of years ago.
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