Easy Broccoli Quinoa Soup

1 tbsp of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic (I prefer it roasted if possible)

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 cup of quinoa, cooked

2 cups of broccoli heads (I like the frozen PC Organics Broccoli Florets)

4 cups of vegetable broth (I like Pacific Organic Vegetable Broth)

Hemp seeds for garnish

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chopped sweet onion, sautéing until starting to brown
  2. Meanwhile, bring 2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil, add the 1 cup of quinoa, cover and simmer for about 12 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.  I stir it a few times in between.
  3. In a high speed blender, add the sautéed onion, garlic, broccoli, and remaining 2 cups of vegetable broth.  Puree until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. I have a Viatmix, which will actually heat the soup up as it blends, however you can also just switch the soup over to a pot and heat it up
  5. Add in as much of the cooked quinoa as you like into the soup.
  6. I put in between 1 1/5 to 2 cups of cooked quinoa.  Refrigerate the rest of the cooked quinoa and use it as a substitute for rice, or sprinkle on salad.
  7. Pour soup into a bowl and sprinkle with hemp seeds
  8. Enjoy!

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Benefits of this soup include:

Broccoli: All cruciferous veggies (such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale) contain cancer-fighting properties, including sulforaphane, which boosts the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals

Garlic and Onion: These are part of the Allium family which is rich in something called allicin – this helps the body remove toxins, enhances immune function, reduce blood clotting and lowers blood pressure

Quinoa: High in protein

Hemp seeds: These little seeds are a complete protein that is easily digested and an excellent source of omegas, vitamins and minerals.

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