End of summer corn and quinoa stoup

There is a bit of a chill in the air now, fall is rapidly approaching, and farmers markets are becoming a bit more sparse… of course there is still plenty of fresh produce to be had!

As quinoa is a really magical food — a legendary complete protein — I needed to find suitable companions for it.

I settled on kale (another superfood), corn (since I can’t get enough of it), and leeks (they looked too good to pass up at the farmers market).

I would chuck them all into a hearty end of summer soup.

You will need:

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
3 leeks
1 bunch of kale
5 ears of corn
1 qt vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
1 cup whole grain quinoa
1 tbsp coriander
1 tsp chili powder
Salt + pepper to taste

Slice the leeks in 1/2 inch rings, white AND green parts, then thoroughly wash them – lots of sand/dirt gets stuck between their leaves! To quote Ina Garten: “There’s no sense in making soup if its full of sand!”.

Remove the thick stems from the kale and give the leaves a rough chop – thoroughly rinse this as well.

Then husk the corn and slice off the kernels.

In a large heavy-bottomed pot (such as le Creuset), heat up the butter and oil.

Add the leeks and saute until they are soft.

Add the kale and saute until wilted – it is crazy how much kale cooks down!

Then add the corn, saute for just a minute or two and add the stock.

When the stock reaches a simmer, add the quinoa.

Let this simmer away for a good 15 minutes, adding the coriander, chili powder, and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

I put a few steamling ladlefulls into a bowl and chowed down — delicious, nutricious, and VERY filling.

When I looked back at the pot the quinoa had sucked up a little more liquid — it turned from a soup to a stoup. All the more hearty.

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