Cold Weather Means it’s “Soup Time” !

Ralph told me I have to put some more recipes up on our blog, so here goes…

With the blustery, cold weather we’ve had this week, I have made sure to have a nice hot pot of soup for our family at lunchtime.  Everyone is happy to come in from the cold and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, that will warm our insides.  Today’s soup was a Mushroom Quinoa Chowder, and here’s the recipe .  (I usually double up the recipe for our family of 4, so that we can have a second bowl)  Easily adapted to vegan by leaving out the milk/cream, and using coconut oil instead of butter, this is one of my favourite soup recipes these days…



1 medium onion, diced

2 tbsp. butter

1/2 cup quinoa

1/2 pound oyster or shiitake mushrooms

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream (or milk) – optional, but I like to put at least a splash of milk in

Salt & pepper, to taste

Garnish:  chives, radish or broccoli sprouts

Toast quinoa in dry, heavy skillet over medium heat, until fragrant.  In a large stockpot, melt butter and cook onions, until caramelized, 6-8 minutes. Stir in quinoa, mushrooms, maple syrup and cook 5 minutes longer.  Add chicken/vegetable stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 18 to 20 minutes, or until  quinoa is cooked.

An option is to puree soup with hand blender.  Sometimes I do, sometimes (like today) I don’t.  Stir in cream or milk and heat.  Garnish with sprouts/chives, or even some extra sauteed mushrooms.

This is a soup that can be whipped up in about 1/2 hour, and the quinoa is an excellent protein source, which complements the mushrooms quite nicely.  Sprouts are a very healthy addition to the soup, too.  I carry sunflower, pea, broccoli and radish sprouts grown by my friends at Nature’s Nurturing every week at the market.  They grow them in our mushroom compost 🙂

Try this recipe out, I’m sure it will be a crowd pleaser in your home, too!

Bon Appetit!


One response to this post.

  1. Delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe! Family loved it!


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