Turmeric Quinoa Chickpea Soup


An anti-inflammatory soup that warms the soul!

The above picture is from a picture I took of the real soup (will post at end of post) using a cool app called “Painnt”.

We know the great health benefits of Turmeric (anit-inflammatory & antioxidants) and I love the flavour but often we combine it with curry (as it is part of the curry spice), but I wanted to leave curry out of this and I am glad I did!

I actually used things I had in my fridge and cupboard for this soup so feel free to sub ingredients, etc when making this and do what you think would be good.

Turmeric Quinoa Chickpea Soup

1/4 C oil (I used grapeseed)
1 1/2 C chopped onions
2 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger root (skin removed)
4 chopped garlic cloves
4 small (or 2 large) Bay leaves
2 C chopped carrots
2 C chopped cabbage
2 C chopped celery
1 can chickpeas
1/2 C quinoa (dry)
1/2 C red lentils (dry)
7 C water
1 organic veggie bouillon cube
Juice of 1 lemon squeezed (use at very end)

Spices I used:
1 1/2 Tbsp Turmeric
3/4 Tbsp salt
1/2 Tbsp pepper
3/4 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne (leave out or use less if too spicy)
1 1/2 Tbsp paprika

  • Add oil to large soup pot and heat
  • Add garlic, ginger and onions and saute for about 5 minutes
  • If too dry add a bit of water – can add lid too. 
  • Add the bay leaves and spices and stir
  • Saute for about 5 minutes or so (really doesn't matter how long)
  • Add the chopped carrots, celery, cabbage & bouillon cube
  • Add about 1/4 C water. Cover and let cook a bit – keep stirring
  • Once cooked a bit then add 7 C of water
  • Add quinoa and lentils and bring to boil
  • Keep at about a medium boil until quinoa and lentils are cooked (I stir often)
  • Add canned chickpeas
  • Taste and adjust to taste
  • Keep on a low simmer until it thickens and is all done
  • Add the fresh lemon juice – stir to mix

NOTE: If you do not have red lentils just use 1 C of quinoa
If you do not have quinoa you can use 1 C of red lentils

I hope you enjoy – it is soooo good!
Perfect for a cooler, rainy (or snowy) day.

I add fresh chopped greens to mine such as spinach, kale, arugula right before eating.

Below is the “real” picture of it.


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