Serves 4 | ready in 1 hour
Long, long (I mean, like, embarrassingly long) before it hit the mainstream health scene in North America, quinoa enjoyed a storied history in Central and South American kitchens as an inexpensive, nourishing and environmentally friendly protein. One of quinoa’s many famous uses is in sopa de quinoa, a recipe that varies from region to region (and cook to cook), but is usually made with quinoa, potatoes, squash and any other vegetables that might be on hand.
Add 2 cups of chopped dark leafy greens—like kale or Swiss chard—to the pot in the last couple of minutes of cooking.
Warm oil in heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and stir constantly while cooking for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Stir in quinoa, oregano, thyme, turmeric and pepper, and then add butternut squash and broth. If your broth is an unsalted (or low-salt) variety, add a couple of pinches of salt; if your broth is already salted, wait until the end of cooking to season as needed. Turn heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Uncover pot and simmer mixture for 5 minutes longer, using a spoon to partially mash butternut squash to make a thicker, stew-like broth. Remove pot from heat, cover once more and let stand for 10 minutes to allow flavors to fully meld.
Taste for seasoning and add additional salt as needed, as well as a little water if you prefer a thinner stew. Serve garnished with chopped avocado and cilantro.
This recipe is part of the Superfood Soups For the Soul collection.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
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“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.