Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Red Quinoa Soup

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Can winter fare be both vibrant and comforting? I think this colourful soup is proof that it can. Sometimes it feels difficult to pack in as many bright coloured vegetables and fruit into one’s diet this time of the year, but it’s certainly possible. Just think of all the bright colours in season right now – winter squash galore, sweet potatoes, kale, pomegranates, citrus, radish, apples, cranberries, pears, persimmons, etc. If you feel yourself in a cold weather food rut, try busting out some of these into your shopping cart each week. The pop of colour will instantly boost your mood no matter what the weather is like outside. And if it doesn’t, well at least they are pretty to photograph!

Last week, I picked up a couple sweet potatoes because it had been a while since I had any. I usually prefer squash over sweet potatoes, but it’s nice to change it up once and a while. This hearty soup is filled with sweet potato chunks, fluffy protein-packed quinoa, black beans, and is seasoned with cumin, coriander, and chili powder. While it’s a good soup on its own, it really shines with toppings like avocado, cherry tomatoes or salsa, cilantro, crushed corn chips, and green onion, giving it a Tex-Mex flare. Cashew cream would also be nice on top too, as I used in my Raw Taco Salad recipe. If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, feel free to use butternut squash in its place.

This was hands down, the most fun bowl to eat so far this season!

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Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Red Quinoa Soup

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Inspired by: Sprouted Kitchen & Coconut & Quinoa

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil (or other oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cup diced sweet onion (about 1/2 large)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded if preferred and diced
  • 1 large sweet potato (350 g), peeled and chopped to 1/2-1 inch dice (2.5-3 cups)*
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1.5 cups cooked black beans (one (15-oz) can rinsed and drained)
  • fine grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste (I used 1/2 tsp salt or a bit more)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes)
  • 2 handfuls Spinach or kale leaves, optional
  • toppings: avocado, corn chips, cilantro, cashew cream, lime juice, tomatoes or salsa, green onion

 

1. In a medium-sized pot, add quinoa along with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cover with tight fitting lid. Simmer covered for about 17 minutes or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat, fluff with fork, and keep it covered until ready to use.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large wok or pot. Add garlic and onion and sauté for a few minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Now add in the jalapeno and sweet potato and sauté for 5-7 minutes more.

3. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, coriander, and broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 18-20 minutes uncovered, or until the potatoes are tender.

4. Just before serving, stir in the cooked quinoa, drained and rinsed black beans, cayenne, and optional spinach. Season with salt and pepper to taste, adding more spice if desired.

5. Garnish soup with cherry tomatoes, cilantro, green onion, corn chips, avocado, and/or cashew cream.

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6. Feast on tasty, vibrant comfort food!

Updates!

I did some major updating on my FAQ page, adding some common questions and I also wrote an update on my knee injury in the running section.

Well, we’re off to our first Christmas party of the season tomorrow and Sunday is going to be dedicated to picking out our tree and decorating. It should be a festive one….just what I love this time of year. Have a great weekend!

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Emily @ www.main-eats.com November 30, 2012

What a gorgeous bowl of soup! Looks like the perfect thing to celebrate these cooler months-beautiful photography as always!

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luv what you do November 30, 2012

I love all of the bright colors in this soup. I made tons of your soups last season and can’t wait to dig into this season’s recipes. Thanks for always posting such healthy and filling recipes!

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Brooke November 30, 2012

Ok, I just had to comment on this recipe. You are a genius :-)

I am always looking for a healthy recipe with in season foods for the winter. This soup is amazing! Thanks!

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Jacquie December 14, 2012

I was thinking the same thing. I really think she is a genius!!!!! YUM!

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Liz November 30, 2012

I just made this tonight…it was FANTASTIC!! Loved loved loved it. I added some chopped tomatoes and green onions at the very end of the simmering. I think you could easily add in other veggies…broccoli could be good. I look forward to making this again! Plus it make a very large batch, so I will be having it for lunch tomorrow. Thank you!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2012

Im so glad you enjoyed it Liz! Thanks for letting me know.

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jodye @ chocolate & chou fleur November 30, 2012

This bowl looks so comforting, and has all my winter favorites! Now that it’s getting colder out I’ve been seriously craving sweet potatoes and avocados – in fact, I’d say that comprised about 50% of my meal tonight. Anyhow, this recipe might be a more well-rounded way to incorporate both!

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Lisa December 1, 2012

Made this tonight- but didn’t add any toppings because I was too lazy to go to the store. It was delicious with the optional spinach and no toppings. My husband had 3 servings and has designated it a keeper. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2012

I’m so glad you both enjoyed it Lisa!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 1, 2012

When I saw the title I thought sounds good, then I saw your photo’s, oh my gosh! I want this for dinner tonight! What a wonderful, healthy soup!! Have fun at your Christmas party!

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Tara December 1, 2012

This soup looks incredible!
So healthy and colourful. I have officially added this recipe to my “to make” list!
Cheers!
Tara

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Shira December 1, 2012

What a wonderful bowl of color and goodness Angela! All the best things in a bowl together :) Love it!

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marla December 1, 2012

Gorgeous soup Angela ~ and ~ your blog re-design looks GORGEOUS!

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Laura December 1, 2012

I am going on a healthy kick to start off this festive season. This fits the bill perfectly! Plus an awesome way to fit in a meatless meal without dbf noticing.

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Carie December 1, 2012

How would this taste without the jalapeno? Is there something I could sub for it? I don’t have any jalapenos but this looks so good, and I’m craving sweet potatoes and black beans!

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Amanda December 1, 2012

We just got done eating this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! We topped it with tomatoes, cilantro, green onion and the cashew cream and the flavors complimented each other perfectly. We will definitely be making it again.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2012

I’m so happy to hear that Amanda!

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Allyson Flyn December 1, 2012

I just want say thank you for sharing this recipe!! I made it this evening and it looked lovely, tasted great and filled me up!! I am not usually a fan of quinoa but just thought that this soup was DELICIOUS!!! Definitely a keeper.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2012

So glad you enjoyed it Allyson :) Thanks for trying it out!

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 1, 2012

Seldom do I see such an inviting meal! It just make me want to dive in head first. ;)

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Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans December 2, 2012

This looks so good! I love all the colors, it would be perfect for a chilly day!

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Erin Red December 2, 2012

How long would I set my slow cooker for with this recipe?

I would add the (cooked) beans and greens towards the end, but it appears the recipe will work in a crock pot! Yum!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2012

Good question! Im not sure, but Id probably set it to low and check it after a few hours?

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Nina December 2, 2012

We had black beans left over from day before. So happy to see your recipe today. My daughter was not in the mood for soup today. I boiled the sweet potatoes in water for 20 mins. and added them to the sauteed ingredients of onions, garlic, beans and spices. Put over the quinoa. Cilantro mixed in with avocado and tomatoes on top. She loved it! Very satisfying. Your recipes are always so forgiving of changes and subs. Always delicious. Thanks so much!

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Rosanna Stephens December 2, 2012

I just discovered your website yesterday because I’m trying to find great smoothie and low fat plant-based recipes. I tried this last night, and I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful, satisfying meals I’ve ever had. It reheated well, too. I can’t wait to see your cookbook!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2012

Aw that makes me so happy! Thank you :)

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lisa r. December 2, 2012

such a great recipe that is lighter than a chili. i used what was in the cabinet…brown rice instead of quinoa, added a can of diced tomatoes and green chilis too. so tasty!

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Amber from Slim Pickin's Kitchen December 2, 2012

I love, love, love black beans and sweet potatoes or black beans and butternut squash together…especially with southwest/texmex/mexican flare with cilantro, cumin, and chili powder. So comforting and warm this time of year!

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Julianne December 2, 2012

This soup was delicious! I have made so many of your recipes but never commented. I used white quinoa instead of red and butternut squash instead of sweet potato. Thanks so much for your amazing vegan recipes…I love them!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2012

Hey Julianne, Im so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment :)

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Leah December 3, 2012

I made this soup this weekend with regular quinoa and chicken broth…it was delicious. So glad I didn’t halve the recipe so we will have leftovers again later this week. Thanks for the satisfying and nutritious recipe!

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Shelly December 3, 2012

Hi Angela,

I’m a relatively new reader, and I made this soup Saturday for a bonfire party. It was delicious! Thanks for the great blog,
Shelly in Kansas City, Kansas

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012

Hey Shelly, Thank you for trying it out! So glad you enjoyed it…sounds like a fun party :)

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Christina December 4, 2012

I made this soup for dinner tonight and it was seriously SOOO good! My non vegan family loved it! I agree with you that the toppings are definitely a must. Thanks for a great recipe.

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Liz December 4, 2012

This recipe is great! Just finished my first bowl and am going back for seconds! I am definitely adding this to my rotation. Thanks!!!

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Saraheve December 4, 2012

Wonderful soup! It has all my favorite ingredients in it so…couldnt be better!!! I still had a tomato plant inside the house and I used my very last garden tomato in eat. Simply delicious!! thx for that :)

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Noelle December 5, 2012

Thanks for this post. Our family enjoyed it very much. It was a splendid combination of flavors that left us full, comforted, and planning when we would make it again. Thank you so much. Cheers.

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Erika December 5, 2012

Aww Angela this looks SO good! When I saw it, it reminded me of Martha Stewart’s tortilla soup (which I just made) except much more wholesome. I can’t wait to try it!

And thank you for updating your FAQ page with your knee injury info–I recently was diagnosed with chondromalacia in my right knee (from overuse) and it just sucks. I never imagined having to lay off running and all other forms of impact cardio for six months! But like you said, it has made me appreciate what my body can do, and I’ve been getting much more into yoga and pilates! It’s always good to hear similar stories :)

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Courtney L December 5, 2012

This soup was amazing!! I made it tonight for dinner and it came together so fast and easy! I’ll definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe!

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Christy December 6, 2012

This is now officially one of my favorite soups! I absolutely loved it! The best part is that my 15 month old and 4 1/2 year old agreed! It was a huge hit and will be a fall/winter favorite in our house. I love how easy it was to make. I must confess. I can’t get enough veggies so I always double the veggies in any soup. I also doubled the quinoa. I like soups on the thicker side and it also helps my 15 month old. The thicker it is the easier it is for my girls to eat!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2012

Im so glad to hear that Christy!

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Sara December 6, 2012

I tried this recipe. It’s great. I like to eat salad for lunch but freeze when I do because it’s cold outside. I felt warm and like I got my veggies with this. The recipe has several steps but it was worth it. Thanks.

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Deepak Sai Ram December 7, 2012

Soups are the Best foods to be had in Winter!!! They keep us warm as well as healthy!! Great one to be had for Breakfast or as a Snack!!!

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Anna December 7, 2012

Yum! This is now one of my favorite soups! All of the omnis who ate it agreed, too :)

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Valerie Halston December 7, 2012

I just made this yesterday and it’s all gone! This soup is so delicious!! Thank you again, Angela for another wonderful recipe! I keep spreading the word about Oh She Glows saying that I’m not vegan but I could be if I lived at your house :)

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Jon December 8, 2012

I made this for a bunch of my buddies when they came over to watch UFC. Needless to say they all loved it, and this is coming from 5 macho men! Keep up the good work Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2012

whohoo! Glad to hear that Jon.

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Janina Locascio December 11, 2012

Angela – This looks amazing! I love how you left everything fairly deconstructed in the bowl too. Awesome

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Annie December 12, 2012

I made this for dinner last night! Amazing! I have it for lunch today too. I love having leftovers that I am excited about eating. I added celery because I had some in the fridge that needed to be used. It worked well with the onion and other flavors.

Thanks for all of the delish recipes. They get me excited about cooking!

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Carly Morgan Gross December 13, 2012

This looks so nourishing. Beautifully taken. xoxooxxox

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Tonya December 14, 2012

Love, Love, Love! So yummy! We really enjoyed and will be making for our family when they visit for the holiday!

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Jacquie December 14, 2012

Hey there! I just wanted to let you know I made this soup tonight for my family. Oh my goodness! SO DELICIOUS! I am so thrilled that everything I have made for my family the last couple of days since trying Vegan/Gluten Free has been so yummy, even to my 8 and 12 year old! This soup has so many great ingredients in it! It feels good to be eating things that are so good for us! Thank you again so much for sharing this with us!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 15, 2012

Aw Im so happy to hear that Jacquie!

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