Thursday, 27 March 2014

Moroccan Quinoa Soup and Vegan Cook book giveaway


Spicy Moroccan soup that is hearty and delicious.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions finely chopped
3 cloves garlic finely minced
I courgette cut into small dice
1 carrot cut into slices
400 g fresh tomatoes finely chopped
400 g precooked Cannelloni beans
1.5 tablespoons harissa paste
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon paprika
200 g quinoa washed and rinsed
8 cups water
80 g baby spinach finely chopped
4 tablespoons mint leaves finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
60 g Greek yoghurt for serving(optional)

Method:

1. Heat oil in a pan and when it is hot sauté the garlic and onions.
2. Add the courgettes, carrot,quinoa tomatoes, beans, harissa, cumin, salt, turmeric, pepper and cinnamon and the water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.
3.Add the spinach and the mint leaves and cook for 5 more minutes.
4. Turn off heat and serve with a dollops of yoghurt on top of the soup if you prefer.


I was recently sent a copy of the vegan cook book by Adele McConnell. Adele McConnell is the founder of the highly successful vegan food blog, vegiehead.com, and winner of the prestigious “Vegan Food Blogger Award” by The Vegan Woman 2012.
The book is beautifully illustrated with mouth watering pictures and  beautiful vegan recipes. It is divided into chapters and includes recipes for breakfast and brunches, lunches,snacks and treats, maim meals and desserts.
I really enjoyed looking through the book and have book marked a number of recipes to try. The Moroccan Quinoa Soup I have prepared above  is from the book and it tasted delicious. The only changes I made were that I replaced kale with spinach.
Having a shelf full of cookery books this one I find I have been using this book  more and more. Its really handy as it is small enough to store in drawer in any kitchen.

My score for the book:15/15 this is a high score but the book is definitely worthy of it.

Content -5/5
Illustrations-5/5
Recipe Instructions-5/5

All the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I would like to thank Watkin Publishing  for sending me this book to review.They have also been very generous and agreed to provide an additional copy for one simplyfood reader.

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114 comments:

  1. Oh this looks so yummy and healthy - I love vegan food!

    Laura x

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  2. This look like a perfect book.
    As you gave it 15/15 I would love to own it too :-)

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  3. I love quinoa but have only had it in salads or as a replacement for rice. Would love to try making this soup, which is packed full of flavour.

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  4. I haven't tried quinoa in a soup yet. This is an interesting recipe.

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  5. Wonderfully prepared soup.. looks great!!

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  6. Soups looks intresting nayana.I dont have courgette and harrisa paste ,how i can substitute?

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    1. Replace courgettes with with snake gourd or pumpkin and harissa is easy to make. To make harissa, soak 10-12 dried chillies in 2-3 tablespoons hot water for 30 minutes. Add the soaked chillies, 4 cloves of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander , 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon oil to a blender and make a fine paste .This is Harissa use it as required .Keep in fridge

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  7. I love this. I love vegetarian soup and this is making my mouth water!! Going to try and make this, this week!

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    1. Do drop me some feed back on how it turned out for you.

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  8. I am not a vegan so it is difficult to suggest my fave recipe, but it would be a nice addition to cookbook collection and perfect when you have a vegan coming over

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  9. This looks extremely healthy and delicious. The only thing is... there seems to be a lot of ingredients!
    Dorit Sasson
    Giving Voice to Your Story
    www.GivingaVoicetotheVoicelessBook.com

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  10. Ooh this looks delicious!
    I will definitely be trying this - especially as I have lots of vegan friends who would love this. x

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  11. I've never tried quinoa because I don't know what to do with it

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  12. Mmm...I love a nice chunky soup and this looks lovely. Also legumes and quinoa are good complex carbohydrates - so great for a sustained feeling of fullness :-)
    Love Vicky
    http://www.aroundandupsidedown.co.uk/

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  13. this looks lovely - spicy and warming

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  14. i like any vegetabel soups - curried parsnip is a favourite or spicy lentil

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  15. That look lovely. I don't really know much about Vegan cooking

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  16. cous cous with griddled courgettes and chickpeas in a lime and mint dressing (and a hint of smoked chillies)

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  17. I think my current fave vegan recipe is a lentil, cumin, tomato and chickpea soup I found on the internet somewhere. I had it earlier in the week and it was delicious!

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  18. my favourite vegan recipe is my coconut and sweet potato curry, so rich and satisfying

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  19. Ethiopian lentil sweet potato stew!

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  20. Ohhh sounds really warming for the tummy!!

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  21. I am not a vegan but am largely vegetarian for ethical reasons. This book looks like it is full of inspiration. I do a lovely and really easy vegan meal of brown rice, peas, spinach, soya sauce and peanut butter with loads of chopped peanuts on top.

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  22. Falafels! They are so good in a wrap with lots of salad!

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  23. That looks so warming and hearty. Perfect for a cold damp day like today. I even have some harissa paste in the fridge that I've been meaning to use up!

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    1. Clare I hope you enjoy making this soup.

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  24. Looks delicious - very colourful which is always nice when it comes to meals and food!

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  25. I actually just cooked Quinoa for the first time last week, and it was pretty good! But it didn't look as good as yours! YUM!

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  26. That looks like something i could eat.. All the ingredients are what i like.

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  27. I really like Moroccan food, so I'll give this a go.

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  28. I absolutely love quinoa in soup.

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    1. Dannii This first time I used it in soup.It was delicious.

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  29. This recipe looks divine - just my kind of thing! I love vegan chill, banana bread, Lentil dahl and anything with kale :)

    Laura x

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  30. sounds delicious - I love quinoa and am always interested in different ways of using it. I may give this a go, leaving out the mince :-)

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  31. I've never thought of using quinoa in soup - looks great. I do make my own soap with it though! I think my favourite vegan recipe is my moroccan tagine - really spicy with lots of apricot.

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  32. I like quinoa, but it seems strange to use it in a moroccan recipe to me

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  33. Tom Yum flavoured spicy mixed bean soup

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  34. I have always wanted to travel to Morocco. This just reinforces that we have to!

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  36. Not knowingly eaten quinoa. It feels too much like a lifestyle statement - a slippery slope toward wind-dried mung-beans or voting Lib Dem... (might give it a whirl though, having read this... Er... Not voting Lib Dem, obviously...)

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  37. Great recipe Nayna! I'm a big fan of chunky veggie soups ;)

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  38. I make a vegan shepherdess pie using lentils, beans, onions, peppers, passata and mushrooms topped with mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes and grated vegan cheese. This is one of our current favourites. x

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  39. That's one punchy flavour packed soup, sounds delish!

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  40. I love a good vegan chilli and make one about once a fortnight, but that soup looks fantastic and Quinoa is gorgeous :)

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  41. This ticks so many boxes of food I love that I will have to make it this week. Thanks for the lovely recipe

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  42. Mmm, that soup looks divine!
    Janie x

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  43. great comp, wish I could eat more health I just love me some chocolate haha x

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  44. I so wish I could eat quinoa, as this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Soups one of my favourite comfort foods, I'll be making this for sure

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  46. Soup looks divine, I'll be making for sure

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  47. Looks delicious!
    www.mybubbaandme.com

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  48. I make a great vegan minestrone soup but I don't know many vegan recipes so would love to win this.

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  49. Is the pronunciation key-noir?

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  50. Quinoa is the bread of grains! By which I mean it goes great with EVERYTHING.

    I have a simple vegan powerful mac and "cheese" made with just milk, nutritional yeast, and protein powder. It's not cheese, but it made me feel like I was eating the food of my childhood for a split second.

    email: eva_and_natalie@yahoo.com

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  51. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to eat quinoa so will definitely be trying this out. Thanks!

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  52. The soup looks great. I love the ingredients. Very hearty! Yum!

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  53. This sounds perfect for when i'm feeling a little under the weather! x

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  54. This is a great contest! I've never tried to make anything Vegan before.

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  55. Banana pancakes made with buckwheat flour, maple syrup, water baking powder, cinnamon and mashed banana...so fluffy and even non vegans like them!

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  56. banana pancakes made with buckwheat flour, maple syrup, water, cinnamon, baking powder and mashed banana are amazing and so fluffy even non vegans like them!

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  57. My favorite recipe will always be tabouli!

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  58. the morrocan quiona soup above looks amazing

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  59. This looks good, fav is a really easy lentil soup with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Yummy.

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  60. That soup looks really good!

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  61. baked cauliflour with white sauce

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  62. Looks like a brilliant book! I love spaghetti with garlic, oil, fresh cherry tomatoes and a few leaves of basil. A real summery pasta dish that's comforting too!

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  63. Lots of yummy soup :)

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  64. I'm always looking for a new soup and these Moroccan flavors make this awesome! Can't wait to try this!

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  65. I'm on a soup kick right now, usually Mexican or Italian flare but sometimes good ol' American country-style fare

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  66. This looks delicious. I love to keep soup in the fridge. It stops me snacking on things I shouldn't

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  67. This looks like a fab cookbook!! I love Moroccan cuisine and would highly recommend couscous with roasted vegetables or couscous salad also, a delicious Moroccan style panini is grilled halloumi, hummus and lettuce. Divine!

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  68. I love making udon noodles with lots of veggies. The soup looks delicious!

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  69. my favourite vegan recipe is roasted butternut squash and pea risotto. I just skip the parmesan but it still tastes delicious!

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  70. sweet potato and butternut squash curry

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  71. I've only recently discovered quinoa and I really like it: it's becoming a staple food in my diet now.

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  72. I love bean chilli on baked potatoes :-)

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  73. And the soup looks delicious!

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  74. Butternut Squash Soup

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  75. Neon Fruit juice

    @oenisjamie

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  76. i love to make curry with coconut and chickpeas :)

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  77. I don't know which is my favorite but soups and chilis are always a go to!

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  78. Pumkin Ravioli with vegan sage butter.

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  79. I love any kind of soup, easy to cook and easily made vegan =)

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  80. We love the chickpea curry that my husband makes

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  81. Butternut squash and roast red pepper soup

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  82. Vegan dessert:
    Banana slices in ground walnuts/hazelnuts.

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  83. Vegan dessert: banana slices in ground walnuts/hazelnuts

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  85. Having read this recipe I think I am going to have to source a copy of this book

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