Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This is Crazy

... But I'm not complaining.

I must be the luckiest summertime pregnant lady ever. Besides the one week heat wave we had a couple of weeks ago the weather has been so mild. Tonight, we even made SOUP. Normally I don't even want to turn on the stove this time of the year. This is crazy.

We made Quinoa Soup - a staple when we lived in Peru right after we got married. We love it. I could eat bowls and bowls of this stuff...
Quinoa Soup

It changes everytime I make it depending on what's in season or what we have on hand. Here is the general recipe that I follow:

Quinoa Soup
1/2 cup quinoa
4 cups water
1 medium zucchini chopped into small pieces
1 sweet potato chopped into small pieces
1 onion chopped
1 jalapeƱo diced
1 red pepper chopped into small pieces
1/2 ts cumin
1 ts oregano
1 ts salt (or more)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 ts red pepper flakes
and this time, I added 1/4 chunky peanut butter

garnish w/
diced tomatoes, avocado, greek yogurt and cilantro

Saute onions, jalapeno and red pepper in a heavy pot, 3-4 mins. Add spices, vegetables, qunioa and water - boil until vegetables and quinoa are cooked - about 15 mins. Then add peanut butter until it's all mixed in. Taste and add more spices/salt if needed.

And yes, I made heart shaped bread to go with it.
Quick Flat Bread

I would share a recipe on how to make those little breads because they are so great, but I don't have a recipe. It's always a guessing game, nothing is ever measured. It's some whole wheat pastry flour, dash of olive oil, little bit of salt, tiny bit of baking powder with water added until its the right texture. And this time I threw in some sliced green olives and diced onions. I roll it out and cook them on a cast iron grill. I could eat a million of these things.


Simply Mel said...

i'm coming for dinner next time these cute little heart-shaped beauties are served!

j.bell said...

I have become quite a fan of your blog recently and love all of your posts! This soup looks amazing and love the bread. can't wait to try it out myself. Gorgeous photos btw!

Andreal said...

this soup looks amazing! i'm in love with quinoa, especially since i have celiac disease. something gluten free is always excellent.
thank you for always posting amazing photos and ideas.

G. said...

love quinoa and your soup looks so healthy and delicious!

Caroline said...

You sold me with the heart shaped bread!!! Sending you a hug! xo

sk said...

This looks delicious! I am bookmarking it for when it's not 105 in the afternoon here in FL!
And, I can't believe you make bread without using a recipe! You're amazing.

Vanessa said...

We had another cold July day in San Francisco, and I made both the soup and the bread last night. Sooooo delicious! Thank you!

I followed the recipe you posted but sneaked in an extra zucchini and some okra. My hearts weren't as cute as yours, either. But, manamI gonna practice!

nuf said...

beautiful meal!

Kimberly said...

saw this and it instantly became my pregnancy craving of the day... 36 weeks tomorrow. I made this soup tonite for dinner but used okra instead of zucchini and added some fresh corn and some napa cabbage... so good thanks for posting. best wishes to your new sweet precious family.