mexican quinoa soup.

Monday, October 22, 2012

mexican quinoa soup

did you know that some people are genetically predisposed to dislike cilantro? i am one of those as cilantro tastes like ivory soap. you're either nodding your head in agreement or clueless at that last statement. julia child was a cilantro hater and i'm ANAL about it at restaurants. you can ruin a good fish taco with a sprinkling of dish soap.

i always substitute parsley for cilantro in recipes and even more.... don't you think it's weird that some people will never know what cilantro REALLY tastes like. and what DOES it taste like!?!

this recipe has coriander, the seed of the cilantro plant, which surprisingly doesn't ruin the whole dish according to my taste buds. you could always leave it out if you're coriander averse.

mexican quinoa soup
extra virgin olive oil
1 cup quinoa
4-6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
handful chopped parsley or cilantro
1 large red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 lime
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

toppings
sour cream
sliced tomatoes
avocado

1. in a soup pot, saute onion and garlic in a few glugs of olive oil. when onions are translucent, add quinoa and cook until fragrant and toasted (about 3-5 minutes).
2. add 4 cups of stock and bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked (about 15 minutes).
3. add frozen corn and season with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, cayenne.
4. stir in chopped parsley or cilantro and juice of 1/2 lime.
5. if you like a soupy soup, add more stock cause the quinoa soaks it up like a sponge. at some point you may just have to call it a quinoa dish as opposed to a soup. that quinoa is a thirsty fella.

before serving top with freshly cracked pepper and a little more lime juice. extra salt never hurt anyone either. the soul of this dish is the whole salty limey thing going on.

recipe adapted from palate/palette/plate.

25 comments:

Erin said...

Same for peanut butter, I've heard. Thankfully, I'm a fan of both. Thanks for sharing! Looks delicious.

Kim said...

Looks delicious! I love all of your vegetarian recipes and can't wait to try this one :)

Little Rus said...

So many ingredients that I love! Thank you for such a delicious idea! x

marni zarr said...

mmm,so hearty and looks delicious! thanks for posting the recipe and providing and explanation about cilantro. i love it's flavor and always wondered how anyone could dislike it. now i know... it's like eating a dirty word when you were a kid ;)

sumslay said...

This looks amazing!

And I could eat cilantro by the handfuls, mmmmm.

Jessica Burns said...

I HATE it too. So much mexican food is ruined by this plant!!

Traci said...

Sounds delicious. I love putting quinoa in soups! I will definitely top this with avocado.

in dreams said...

it's so funny that you mention this...i'm actually allergic to cilantro/coriander, and some people look at me like i'm crazy when i tell them i can't have it. (like "it's so delicious! you just haven't tried it in the right things." or "sure you are. stop having such immature taste.") i've gone into anaphylactic shock after eating it, so i always ask whenever i'm at a thai/mexican/indian/etc. restaurant if it's used in any of their prep work, spice mixes, or main dishes, so i can avoid a trip to the hospital.

all this to say...i'm always thankful for people who sub in parsley instead! with this whole foodie craze going on, and people creating some really interesting food/recipes, i'm always so disappointed when i can't have something just because of that tiny seed or spread of leaves.

(and the funniest thing is that my mum loves cilantro on EVERYTHING. she would probably eat it as a salad if she had her way. weird, huh?)

Alex said...

I didn't know this about cilantro! So now I'll no longer look with disdain at my friends who say they hate it...who knew their genes were at fault??

Elizabeth Harwell said...

can't wait to make this. going on my meal plan next week for sure! thanks for sharing.

jessinbelgium said...

Regular fights about cilantro in our house! I love it and David hates it!! Next time I am cooking, I'm trying this one :)

CJ259 said...

This looks so good! Can't wait to try it. I have tried to like cilantro. I just can't. It tastes like stinkbugs smell! Thanks for posting!

rebecca said...

CJ259-
oh my. it kinda does!!

thelonelywifeproject said...

My heart just broke for you. There would be such a giant void in my life if I didn't have cilantro. And I have a feeling this soup is going to top my list of favorite go-to meals.

Kelsey said...

I made this tonight. It is so good! After the first bite, my Husband said, "mmm, this is good. Make that again!" Thanks for the recipe! I did add some kale...

rebecca said...

kelsey-
i'm so glad!! :)

Sharon Beesley said...

amazing. will try. good find :)

Anonymous said...

My husband just made this and it was super yummy. The cilantro, avocado and lime combo is all kinds of wonderful. We're trying several recipes from your site this week. Tonight is peas, pasta, pesto, and sausage. Thanks! & keep them coming, please.

E R I N said...

MADE IT! really beautiful and enjoyed by everyone! i loved it with the chopped tomatoes on top and a bit more cilantro (we call it coriander!) from the garden. i came back for seconds and those thirsty little suckers had sucked up lots of juice just like you said - eat this one fast people! thanks for sharing :) xxx

Melissa said...

Wow I thought I was the worlds only cilantro hater! Although we call it coriander here in Australia. Today I picked out all the cilantro, stem by stem from my vietnamese roll. It ruined a perfectly delicious lunch! :)

Livia said...

just made this soup and it was so good. the lemon/cilantro pairing makes me think of home in brazil. my fiancé said was the best I made so far. I guess is a favorite already.

Traci said...

Just made this! Delicious, wonderful, and I knew that I would love it so much that I more than doubled the recipe before even tasting it. I made mine with parsley instead of cilantro because it's what I had on hand, and am topping with avocado. I'm looking forward to eating this soup all week! (Or, as long as it lasts.) Thanks!

Caitlin said...

I made this last night with avocado, and it was over the top delicious. My boyfriend thinks I'm a goddess. Thanks! :)

Living on Love said...

Made this tonight. It was DELICIOUS! Added some chopped tomatoes and an avocado. Even the toddler ate it up. :)

Thanks for the recipe!

Courtney said...

Great recipe. Just whipped up a batch for the Teacher luncheon tomorrow at my daughters school. I included Rotel and black beans. Delicious! (A quick taste told me so...)

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