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Easy, healthy 5 ingredient soup

Life has been so busy around my house recently that there has been little time to make tasty meals. Thank goodness the freezer was full of items that could just be taken out and warmed. This weekend I did work in making the bread for the next few weeks, but that was about it. Monday we had pesto made over the summer and lentil meatballs over rice pasta, but with the amount that was left on the table I knew that I needed to make something fresh today.  I pulled out an old standby recipe that is healthy, tasty and low calorie — a carrot soup that I haven’t made in ages… good thing the soup was low in calories, because I served it with grilled cheese sandwiches that were served on the pumpkin-rosemary bread with biga that I made with teff flour (from the   gluten-free & vegan bread book) — which wasn’t that low in calories, but oh so tasty.

Since the soup only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and another 25 minutes to cook, I thought I would share the recipe with you.

carrot soup with grilled cheese


  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry power
  • 2 pounds carrots, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (I like to use mushroom broth)


carrot soup ingredients

  1. Heat the oil in a medium to large pot over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion until tender and translucent.

    carrot soup onion and curry power mixture

  3. Stir the curry powder into the onion.

    carrot soup mixture

  4. Add the chopped carrots, and stir until the carrots are coated.
  5. Pour in the vegetable broth, and simmer until the carrots are soft.
  6. Transfer te mixture to a blinder, and puree until smooth.
  7. Pour back into the pot, and thin with water if you prefer a thinner soup.
  8. Enjoy.

Quinoa Burgers


Today I spent most of my day working on my website and cutting fabric for a demonstration that I will be doing at a quilt show next week, so I had little time to creating a dinner for my family.  Luckily a quinoa burger (~ 10 grams of protein per burger) recipe came to my rescue  — add some jasmine rice and a green vegetable and  I had a quick and tasty meal.


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 tsp salt (omit if using canned beans)
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
  • rice flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

quinoa burgers cooking


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Saute onions until translucent.
  3. Combine everything except quinoa, olive oil and rice flour in food processor.
  4. Mix blended mixture and quinoa together.
  5. Divide into 6-7 burgers, roll in flour to make a crust.
  6. Pan fry in olive oil until browned.
  7. Serve warm with a few side dishes.
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