The vegetables in this green soup recipe give this soup its rich green colour.
This chlorophyll-rich soup with peas and spinach is filled with light energy – a perfect reboot dish when you need a fresh start. The quinoa gives a little more body and boosts the nutrition with extra protein as well as adding a pleasing texture.
– 150g quinoa
– 3 tablespoons coconut oil
– 3 shallots, sliced
– 1 celery stalk, sliced
– 1 litre vegetable broth (see page 56)
– 500g green peas
– 300g spinach, roughly chopped
– 1/2 tablespoon ginger, crushed
– 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
– Handful of mint leaves
– Handful of basil leaves
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Salt and pepper
– 150g vegan crème fraîche or regular crème fraîche
– ½ tbsp wasabi (or more for a stronger taste)
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tsp honey or agave syrup
– 1 tsp lemon juice
1. Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
2. Mix the ingredients for the wasabi cream, then cover and keep in the fridge until serving.
3. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium–low heat. Add the sliced shallots and celery.
4. Salt and pepper lightly, then toss and stir for 5 minutes, until the shallots are transparent.
5. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to the boil.
6. Add the peas, spinach, ginger, garlic and cooked quinoa and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat before adding the mint, basil and olive oil.
7. Blend to a smooth consistency or leave some texture if you prefer. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and serve with wasabi cream.
– Get creative and swap the wasabi edge in the sauce for horseradish or mustard – the brave can increase the measures for a harder hit.
Nina Olsson is a recipe maker, photographer and author of the vegetarian food blog Nourish Atelier. She has worked creatively with food for magazines for 10 years and is an award winning art director, stylist and designer. Nina’s recipes are always vegetarian and often vegan. Her food philosophy is all about balance and fun. Nina’s blog showcases plant-based bowl food at its very best. Bowls of Goodness is wholesome vegetarian food at its best and it is inspired by cooking from around the world. Including smoothies, plant based recipes, salads and sharing dishes – all foods that are all served in a bowl.
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