Quinoa-Broccoli Chowder

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  • 1 stalk broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 zucchini, cut in large pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried


Prepare broccoli by removing crown from stem. Peel and chop stem. Separate crown into flowerets.

Meanwhile, heat a 3-quart pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and leeks; sauté briefly. Add broccoli and continue to sauté for 3 to 5 minutes. Add zucchini and bell peppers; sauté for 3 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

Add salt, fennel seeds and black pepper. Pour in broth and add quinoa. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until broccoli is fork-tender and quinoa is cooked.

Blend soup with remaining herbs until smooth. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired. Serve and enjoy!

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