Monday, January 29, 2007

Soup's On!

Tonight was Miss America. This year, Miss Mississippi is from my hometown of Clinton. In fact, she lives less than a mile from where I lived...not that I know her or anything. She is super talented, elegant, graceful, and full of compassion for people with disabilities. Her platform centers around care for adults with mental disabilities. So, I watched the Miss America pageant with eager anticipation. Well, Taryn not only made top 10 but she made top 5 and got to perform her very difficult talent selection. I personally thought that she was the best of the top 5 but the judges didn't ask me. I also think that she would have answered her interview question better than the others did. I was glad Miss Oklahoma won even though I thought she totally blew her question. Anyway, Taryn, we are SO proud of you here in MS and you represented us well! Congrats!
Okay, now on to the food. It was SO cold here today. When I left to walk to class the grass was crunchy because it had frozen and it was still in the 20's. Since my roommate wasn't going to be here for supper, I decided to throw together soup instead of make salmon, because I know that she likes that. Anyway, the soup turned out GREAT...a perfect veggie soup! I guess the only thing missing was carrot. This was the first time I've used quinoa and because it was in with all of the veggies, I couldn't really tell what it was like; but I plan on trying it again soon in stuffed peppers. Because of all the great veggies in this soup it is PERFECT for Sweetnicks ARF-Five-a-Day event. Be sure to check out all the other posts Tuesday night for more inspiration. Quinoa Veggie Soup
1/3 cup quinoa (probably could use more)
2 garlic cloves
1 onion chopped
2 stalked celery, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) no sugar added corn
1 can (14.5 oz) french cut green beans
1 - 1 1/2 cups okra (I used frozen)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced, stewed tomatoes
1 can chicken or vegetable broth
Season All
Garlic Powder
In a hot dutch oven, put quinoa, garlic, onion, and celery with cooking spray or a little olive oil; cook several minutes. Add corn, beans, tomatoes, okra, and broth. Season with Season all and garlic powder to taste. Bring to a boil and the turn down to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in oregano and basil just before serving. You can also top with Parmesan cheese for a punch of flavor.
NOTE: I put some canned chicken in it this time but wouldn't do that next isn't needed. Feel free to do so if you want to, however.


Red Dirt Mummy said...

Looks good, Claire. I've used quinoa a few times in casseroles and stuff - can't say I was over-fond of it but I'll try it again mid-year when the weather cools down a bit.

gail@more than a song said...

I have never used quinoa before but that soup looks seriously good!
It's gonna be cold enough in MS this week to have lots of soup.

Watched 24 tonight after seeing first hour of Miss America while taping the 2nd hr. Then I saw that they reran it so watched it but fell asleep after the 3 answered their questions but before I saw the winner! So I got online to find out who won and saw you posted it...I thought Taryn did a GREAT job too and could have probably answered her question way better! Oklahoma so blew her answer!

Anonymous said...

That's so funny that you used quiona -- I just bought a box of it yesterday and was debating what to make with it. Your soup looks like it would have been nice, warm and delicious!

What's with all the freezing weather in MS? I remember when I was there it would get cold but not COLD.

Rachel Rubin said...

Yum! I'm really getting into soup lately. I made peanut soup the other day! that was awesome.

Anonymous said...

I've never used quinoa, but I've heard so much about how healthy it is. :)

Anonymous said...

I think you've inspired me to make soup for dinner. Yours looks fantastic!

Unknown said...

RDM - This didn't have enough quinoa in it to not like, but I'm going to have to try something with more in it.

Gail - It was good. It ended up being more of a stew but could be made soup-like by adding another can of chicken/veggie broth.

I was SO proud of Taryn...She was fantastic. Watched 24 last night, it was good...I really don't like Tom!

Alisha - Hey, you'll have to try the soup, maybe with more quinoa in it. Or maybe stuffed peppers, that looked good to me. It's not really that cold, but it is definitely winter now!

Rachel - I could live on soup during the GOOD!

VC - That's what I've heard, too!

Kristen - I hope your soup is good, too...mine was and still is. Soup makes great leftovers!

Linda said...

I have never used quinoa. I would love to, but have never seen it in the regular grocery store. I will have to locate it and try it out.

It has been cold here in MD so I have been making soups. I made French Onion just the other night and plan on making Greek Lentil Soup and would love to make some Mulligatawny soup.

gail@more than a song said...

I don't like Tom or Graem!
That reminds me, I need to send you an email we had about Jack, so funny we thought.