Meatless Monday: Lentil & Quinoa Tomato Soup

Meatless Monday: Lentil & Quinoa Tomato Soup

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC

Healthy Vegan Soup Recipe

Lentil & Quinoa Tomato Soup
By Brenda Morales

vegan quinoa noodle stir fry

This tasty and nutritious vegan soup recipe is loaded with protein and fiber; perfect meal for the holidays.

Serves 4
Ready in approximately 55 minutes

Ingredients:
• 1 cup lentils, rinsed and cooked
• ½ cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
• 1 (28 oz) can organic diced tomatoes
• 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
• 2 ½ cups water
• 1 small onion, finely diced
• ½ cup celery, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• ½ cup fresh spinach, chopped
• 2 large carrots, chopped
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• Pinch of turmeric
• Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
• Optional: Chopped parsley for garnish

Preparation:
1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery and spinach. Saute for about 5 minutes or until onions are tender.
2. Add turmeric, cumin and garlic, cook for another minute. Add the tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.
3. Add in lentils, broth, water, sea salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a gentle boil and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add quinoa, cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
4. Once done, remove from heat and let it sit for about 5 minutes, and season to taste.
5. Serve and enjoy! (Optional: Garnish soup with chopped parsely)

 

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist and functional practitioner serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. Dr. Thaik is dedicated to holistic health and beauty and offers a variety of procedures to help patients look and feel their best. She is assisted in the Spa by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and office manager who collectively have over 30 years of experience in the aesthetics business. To learn more about Dr. Thaik and her team or the Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa, or to schedule an appointment, please contact medspa@drcynthia.com or call (818) 900-5630.