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Quinoa and Kidney Bean Soup

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 by in Recipes and Reviews | 0 comments

Kidney Bean and Quinoa Soup

One of the things I struggled with a lot last week while I was trying to cut gluten out of my diet was coming up with quick dinners. Usually pasta or sandwiches are an easy go-to when I am having a super busy evening. One thing that I made sure I had on hand was quinoa, since that cooks up quickly and goes with  just about anything.

Vegan Gluten-Free Quinoa Soup Recipe

I made an Asian-inspired quinoa one night last week and had a couple of cups of leftover red quinoa that I knew I could make something with. Following my method for intuitive cooking – essentially looking at what I have in the fridge and going with what I feel will taste good together – I came up with this soup.

You could really use any quinoa you have or you could substitute just about any other kind of grain as well. While this could easily be done in the intuitive cooking style, using what you have around the house, I have provided a recipe because I know that most people like to have a place to start from.

Kidney Bean and Quinoa Soup

Quinoa and Kidney Bean Soup


  • 2 tbsp Water (or oil)
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 Large Carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 Stalks of Celery, diced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 can Organic Kidney Beans - Do Not Drain!
  • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 3 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder


  1. Warm the water or oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery and let cook for 5-10 minutes or until everything begins to soften a bit. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute more. Add the beans and the bean juice, the vegetable stock, and the seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa (I used red) and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve warm!


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