This delicious soup was modified from this recipe at the Traveling Spoon. It keeps well in the fridge for days and is very hearty.
-1 onion, chopped
-4-5 cloves garlic, diced
-4-5 organic carrots, diced
-8 cups water
-1/2 head green cabbage, cored and chopped
-1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes (or sub approx. 4 fresh tomatoes)
-1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
-1 bay leaf (optional)
-1/2 pound cooked ground beef or turkey (optional)
-other veggies or herbs (optional--I like to add organic celery)
In large stockpot, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic, cook until translucent or soft. Stir in carrots and cook until slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Add water, salt, pepper and bring to boil. Add the cabbage and reduce heat to simmer until the cabbage is softened, about 10 minutes. (This time can be used to rinse the quinoa and/or brown the ground turkey or beef). Stir in the tomatoes, barley and bay leaf and return to boil. Simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is cooked. Add the ground beef or turkey if desired. Enjoy!