Spicy Thai Peanut Soup

One of my favourite dishes for the cold, sluggish winter season is this hearty and invigorating peanut soup.  This delicious soup is easy to make and is better (and cheaper) than going to a Thai restaurant.  I guarantee you’ll serve yourself a second bowl.  Elimination or Paleo dieters can substitute the peanut butter for almond or cashew butter.
Here’s how to make it:

Spicy Thai Peanut Soup

You need:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, cut into large pieces
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 2 pieces of garlic (cut into fine pieces)
  • 1 can whole tomatoes, cut into quarters, use the juices
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup natural unsalted peanut butter

In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high.  Sauté onions, bell peppers and garlic for about 5 minutes, or before the garlic and onion begins to brown. Reduce the heat to medium, add tomatoes and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour in tomato juice and chicken broth, add black pepper and chili pepper flakes. Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat, add quinoa, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes. Add peanut butter all at once, stirring until it melts. Bring soup to a simmer.  Enjoy!

This recipe can also be made in slow cooker, while you’re at your work or place of study.  Sauté the onion, bell peppers and garlic first, then add them to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients, except the peanut butter, and set to LOW. When you arrive home at the end of your day, add the peanut butter, and serve!

This is an adaptation of a recipe from: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Peanut-Soup-232423#ixzz1jXmC7TnH

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