Monday, February 10, 2014

thai inspired coconut quinoa soup

thai inspired coconut quinoa soup
We are in the home stretch of winter and just received another round of snow, hopefully this will be the last major storm of the season; however here in the New England it is very possible to see a freak snow storm in the middle of May. Bright soups and stews help get us through these last few months of cold- the brighter the better. One of the best ways to add color to your winter plate is by way of bright red/purple cabbage, orange carrots and dried chilies, luckily I am able to source these directly from our winter farmers market.

So in between exploring the ice castles in Lincoln, weekend snow shoe hikes and scrabble nights you will find me with a bowl of this warming soup anxiously awaiting spring.

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Thai Inspired Coconut Quinoa Soup
Serves 5-6 people

You will need:

For the seasoning paste:
1” piece of ginger peeled & finely grated
1 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt
Dried Chili Pepper to taste (optional)
1 tbsp Olive Oil

For the Soup:
7oz Extra Firm Tofu cut into small cubes
½ tsp olive oil
2 medium Carrots, scrubbed and cut into half circles
1 ½ cups shredded Red Cabbage
2 cans light coconut Milk (13.5oz) + 1 can of Water
½ cup red or white Quinoa, rinsed well
4 cups Baby Spinach
Fresh Lime Juice from 1 lime
Garnish with fresh Sweet Basil


To make the seasoning paste:
In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mash/stir well with the back of a spoon until well combined.

In a Medium Soup Pot heat ½ tsp oil over medium heat– add tofu and seasoning paste stir/cook until spices are fragrant and tofu begins to slightly brown; about 3 minutes. Add Carrots and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Add to the soup pot Coconut Milk, water, red cabbage & quinoa- increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add baby spinach & fresh lime juice to the pot, turn off the heat and allow the spinach to wilt on its own until vibrant in color.

Ladle into bowls and top with freshly torn basil.

Like most soups, this one gets better each day. Soup can be refrigerated up to 1 week. Simply reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.



  1. Replies
    1. It was so good and the leftovers were even better!

  2. What a lovely flavoursome soup, I adore the use of quinoa in it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Quinoa adds an extra boost of goodness for sure!

  3. Good luck getting through this last little bit of winter my dear. I know I have been eating soups like a champ trying to stay strong and positive. I don't know about you, but this winter has been tougher and almost broken me more times than usual. I am ready for spring! But this soup will certainly help in the meantime :)

    1. Seriously, we just had another storm yesterday and it is still snowing!!! It has been one of the longest most difficult winters we have had in a long time :(

  4. Even though I'm enjoying the lovely sunshine of South Africa, this recipe makes me wish I was curled up by the fire watching the snow fall in my home town! I love Thai food and this sounds so flavorful and comforting!

    1. That sounds so dreamy, I am still trying to convince Justin we need a fireplace for that very reason!

  5. i dont know how you do it, but the color sin your pictures always mesmerize me.. that is a hearty gorgeous bowl of soup! just looking at it is making me all warm and happy insde

    1. Coming from you means so much too me Richa!

  6. I read the title as "The inspired coconut quinoa soup" and I was like "What is she talking about, ALL of her recipes are inspired!" And inspiring :) Love the Thai flavors too, pinning this right now!

  7. Wow, the spices really turned this soup a gorgeous and bright colour! I hope this cold snap we're going through this week won't last much longer, I don't know how many more snowstorms I can handle this year! Luckily I've got a warm bowl of soup waiting for me to eat when I get home tonight too!

    1. The colors are so pretty, I love all the warm spices in this soup!

  8. Mmm quinoa in a soup is such a good idea! The flavours sound amazing and really fresh :)

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