Owen has been asking me for weeks when it’s going to be summer again. And lately, we’ve been having 50 degree, spring-like weather (sorry for those of you still buried in snow). So we’ve all been running around with no coat, Owen’s wearing shorts and a t-shirt every day, and so excited summer is here. That’s what he thinks….that summer is here. He’s in for a rude awakening. I’m just waiting for the snow to hit again. I’m going to have a very disappointed 4 year old.
But when it does, I’ll be prepared. This Creamy Corn & Quinoa Chowder is healthy, warm-you-up, comfort soup at it’s best. And I’m obsessed with eating warm soup on cold days!
I know you guys are probably thinking, another recipe with quinoa? It’s like, so last year. but we still love and I’m constantly looking for ways to use it. I saw the recipe over at Picky Eater Blog and knew I wanted to try it. I changed it up and adapted it to what I had on hand, and my little and my family loved the results.
- 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
- 1 (14 oz) can corn, drained
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 (14 oz) can chicken stock
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Sour cream, tortilla strips and chopped cilantro for garnishing.
- In a large heavy bottomed soup pot, heat 3 tbs olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and sauté until onion is translucent. Stir in quinoa, carrots, corn, and the bell pepper. Reduce to medium heat and cook until veggies are tender and quinoa is toasted. (I like my veggies and quinoa to get just slightly blackened).
- Add chicken stock and milk. Stir in cumin and optional crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes until the quinoa is cooked. Stir in cheese and let melt completely before serving.
- Garnish with sour cream and tortilla strips and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and serve.
- ** The longer this simmers the thicker it will get. Add more milk to get desired consistency if it thickens ups too much.