Beef and Quinoa Soup is one of those meals that my family just can’t seem to get enough of. As a busy Mom, I love the fact that it is a healthy, high protein and low fat dish that can be ready in about 30 – 45 minutes (this depends on how many interruptions you get from your kids and husband).
When the weather begins to cool off, I begin to add soups, stews and casseroles to my menu. There is just something wonderful about coming home to a warm comfort food. Another thing I love about these types of dishes is that they are meals that you can’t eat on the run. My family must sit down to eat and after a few minutes I find that they don’t want to leave the table. Good food, good discussion and laughter make a perfect evening meal.
This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
When deciding what ingredients I want to use in any recipe I make, I always look for a protein that is not only good for you but also versatile. Beef is one of those proteins. I use Grain Feed Beef to make this a clean eating recipe.
Having foods that are high in protein is very important in my home. I have a daughter who is busy in sports and a partner who competes in weight lifting and Strong Woman competitions. You can see why the first thing I look for in a recipe is the type of protein. Beef is often the choice for us. It is not only great tasting, but it helps Big stay full longer and helps to build muscle.
Beef and Quinoa Soup is the perfect recipe for my family, and yours too. The recipe is chock full of protein from the beef and the quinoa and filled with vegetables that everyone loves. One of the many nice things about this recipe is it’s versatility. If you don’t have a certain vegetable, you can substitute it for one you do have. I have often added these vegetables: chopped cabbage, spinach, potato and sweet potato. Note, if you add the potato, the cooking time may be a little longer.
This is a hearty soup and filled with a lot of vegetables and beef. If you like a soup with more broth, you can easily add more while making the recipe. Many times I will double the recipe and freeze the rest. It is a great freezer meal and it is a always nice to know that you have a meal ready when you need it.
I don’t know about your family, but my family enjoys looking at magazines and websites for recipes. We plan our menu on a weekly basis and each family member gets to pick a recipe that sounds good to them. This week, Big was looking a the Beef It Is What’s For Dinner website and pick our supper for Sunday. I look forward to making the Slow Cooker Pot Roast Soup. I can’t wait.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 3 TBL Olive Oil
- 1 TBL Butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 zucchini, sliced - then cut each slice in quarters
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- In a Dutch Oven or other heavy pan, melt butter and add olive oil. When hot, add onion and sauté till soft; add garlic and beef. Cook beef until there is no pink left - break it up as it cooks.
- When beef is cooked, add broth, quinoa, vegetable and spices. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to medium and cook about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Enjoy all these great beef dinner ideas for your Weekday Supper menu!
12-Oct Feeding Big – Beef and Quinoa Soup
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14-Oct Casa de Crews – Crockpot Balsamic Roast Beef
15-Oct That Skinny Chick Can – Bake Flank Steak Fajitas
16-Oct Family Foodie – Easy Beef Marsala Bowls
Try using lean beef in other Weekday Supper recipes like stir-fry, pasta dishes and salads. I can’t wait to see your creations! Please share some of your ideas in the comments below!
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