Meatless Monday: Quinoa Mexican Soup {vegan}

Can I be brutally honest?

I made this soup thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it. And Mr. P? Forgetaboutit.

But as it ends up, I was very, very wrong.

It’s no secret that I’m still warming up to quinoa, especially in savory dishes. And seeing as I love all things dairy (mmm…cheese), vegan meals aren’t usually my style — my cholesterol levels can confirm this, unfortunately for me. And naturally, I want to resolve this — heart disease and high cholesterol run very strongly in my paternal side.

That said, I kind of refuse to eat food that I don’t enjoy. And by kind of I mean, no way. There are far too few calories in the course of a day to waste them on anything sub-par.

But when you can have a totally satisfying meal for under 250 calories and a filling 10 grams of fiber with negligible amounts of saturated fat….well, that’s success. Huge success. (Success that can’t be reached with cheese.)

Why does this nutrient-packed meal pack so much flavor? Thank the peppers. Between a jalapeno, a poblano, and a red pepper that have all been roasted and charred…the flavor is all there. Bold and rich. Plus some of my favorite spices — chipotle chili powder, paprika, cumin, and coriander. Vegan masterpiece.

I need to get my rear in gear. I haven’t worked out since Friday morning and I have no excuse. The quarter ends this week and while things have been busy with grading, exam-making, holiday shopping, and so on…there’s just no excuse for not getting in a workout both Saturday and Sunday. Grrr, self. At least I have a weekly menu packed with healthy eats!

Be well,


  1. ThIs looks amazing but holy cow the ingredient list is enough to scare this add and fearful cook off! Maybe I’ll print it and ask my sister to make it for me ;-)

  2. This sounds so good Nicole!! I wish Nick would eat soup, damnit. I think I will just make this and freeze any that’s leftover, for another night. Instead of garlic I could use garlic olive oil.
    Oh, BTW, next time you are in our neck of the woods text me instead of e-mail. I never check my e-mail on my phone because I get so much junk.

    Enjoy your week Nicole!

  3. The avocado makes me hungry! I wanted to buy some the other day, but the only few that were left at the store were hard as bricks. Not cool!

  4. This is going on my make-for-lunches list; it’s perfect to hang out in a thermos for a morning! And I hear you on the weekend workouts- why are they always the first thing to fall off the to-do list?

  5. I must make this! I love quinoa, and of course vegan works well for me. Yum! I am glad that you were wrong and did actually like this.

  6. I’ve got to try this. I love Mexican tortilla soup and have never had it with quinoa. Great, hearty nutrition boost! If it’s approved by both Prevention’s, I’m sure its good!

  7. Glad you enjoyed this soup…yes, it does have a lot of ingredients, but very easy to make…just takes some time…this soup freezes very well…so double, even triple it and when you crave it..and you will…all you have to do is roast some peppers and toast some quinoa =) I love this soup…it’s even an award-winning soup =) thanks for sharing! your pics are beautiful too!

    Virtually Vegan Mama

    • I didn’t find the ingredient list to be taunting – it’s just a little bit of a lot that I have around much of the time. Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. Love the idea of roasted peppers in the soup! And, I can’t imagine making something I didn’t think either of us would like so I give you props :)

  9. I’ve been looking for a few good soup recipes and this looks really good. Don’t know about the charring and dutch oven but everything is tweakable, I suppose.

    • Any big pot is just fine and as long as your oven has a broiler setting, it’s just a matter of babysitting it for a few…3-4 minutes, tops :)

  10. I’m such a slacker on the workout front. I need to get my rear end in gear too!

  11. I’m pretty sure I would love this. I’m also pretty sure that I would quickly de-veganize it by adding a sprinkle of cheese and little spoonful of sour cream. Don’t hate me. It’s that midwest comfort food thing. :)

    • Of course you would…jk jk! I was tempted ;)

      • Guess what – I was wrong. I didn’t need to add cheese and sour cream (don’t get me wrong, I added a little cheese to one bowl, but the bowl without cheese was probably even better!) I feel full and content. :) (And my sinuses are clearing up ;))

  12. I’m so impressed with this dish, Nicole – especially as you said you didn’t think you’d like it, and you went ahead and made it anyway – that’s real courage in the kitchen :) Peter and I have been recently discovering the joys of what peppers can do in cooking, and how much incredible flavor they can add. This dish looks right up our street!

    Good luck with the craziness that lies ahead! Try to make time for yourself when you can, Nicole!

  13. Mmm, that looks so delicious. I love the poblano pepper, the flavor must be so yummy :) Isn’t it awesome when you’re not sure about a recipe and it turns out awesome! The avocado on top looks especially delicious, and so pretty in the pictures too :D

  14. Mmmm this does look great!!

  15. That looks delicious Nicole! And Mr. P approved is just the icing on the cake! :D

    My blood sugar was 90 at lunch so no lunch work out for me – I plan on doing 30 day shred when I get home though!

  16. This looks amazing. Exactly my kind of meal.

  17. This looks amazing!! I realized the other day, I haven’t made soup (or quinoa for that matter) in quite some time. I know I will be making this soon!!
    Thanks for another fab recipe, Nicole!

  18. Nicole, this look definitely delicious! I love the last toppings of avocado, really freshens up the whole spice after taste!

  19. Mmm, this does sound tasty. I’m a sucker for any soup with cumin and the fact that it’s healthy is icing on the cake!

  20. This really looks good. Love the flavour combinations! I love soup….

  21. Great! Just happened upon this recipe and found the it and your blog very interesting. 4 adults and 2 kids under 5 thought it was great. Will be spending much more time checking out what you and your readers have to offer.

  22. So glad I found this recipe on Tastespotting. The soup is fantastic and I garnished mine with green cabbage and radish–so good!

  23. I made this soup at 8am this morning for lunches for the week and had a bowl by 930am. It was amazing!
    I had most of the ingredients on hand and only had to buy the chili seasoning. This was really good! Looking forward to making some more of your recipes.

    thank you for all the good ideas – keep them coming.

    This has to help my goal to a six pack by 40 – well this and P90x2

  24. Oh DAMN! I just made this this afternoon- it’s still simmering but it’s delicious!! A little bit spicy, but really, really delicious. Thanks for this wonderful recipe :)

  25. Are the nutrition facts for this soup including the avocado?

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Danielle: Hi! Yes, the avocado is included in the nutrition information. For your reference, any recipe where I list the ingredient in the ingredient list, it is included in the nutrition information. Hope that helps :)


  1. [...] Quinoa Mexican Soup  (from Prevention RD and  Virtually Vegan Mama) [...]

  2. [...] I found this recipe on Nicole’s blog and fell in love. Soup for me. Dedication to my cats. Post for the Souper Bowl. Win, win, [...]

  3. [...] Stew – B Lentil and Tomato Soup – A+ Loaded Potato Soup – A Minestrone – A Quinoa Mexican Soup – A+ Roasted Tomato Soup – A++ Simple Tomato Soup – B+ Spicy Black Bean Soup [...]

  4. [...] Did I mention that I love Mexican food?  Borderline obsessed, really.  Suffice it to say that I’ve been having lots of withdrawal these days.   No more sugar-laden margaritas, chips & salsa or massive burritos.  It’s rather tragic to be honest; there are way too many incredible Mexican restaurants here in NYC, taunting me continuously.  So, when I came across this recipe earlier in the week, I knew I’d have to make it (sooner rather than later): Quinoa Mexican Soup! [...]

  5. [...] adapted from: Prevention RD Like this:LikeBe the first to like [...]

Speak Your Mind


for new recipes and inspiration!