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Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup and a Giveaway

Moroccan Spicy Kale and Rice Soup

We’ve had some really odd weather here on the farm this winter.  One day it’s hard frost but the sun is shining, the next day it’s pouring with rain and it’s snowing on the high ground.  It’s so important to maintain your health in these conditions, I’ve recently had a really bad cold with the most persistent cough which has kept me awake at night.  So I think it’s time I focused on some really hearty and healthy food, the kind that  fills you up but also provides all the vitamins, minerals and protein that you and your family need and this Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup fits the bill!

Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup

You couldn’t do better than a warming bowl of  Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup, a recipe from a new cook book: We Love Kale from Apple Press.  

Farmersgirl Kitchen reviews We Love Kale

The Blurb: This  book is bursting with over 100 original and exciting mouthwatering recipes – with kale taking centre stage in everyone.  Low in calories, yet high in fibre, this zero fat “queen of greens” is the perfect ingredient to have in your kitchen.  Packed with nutrition, kale is hihg in iron, Vitamin K, and powerful antioxidants, keeping you healthy whilst tasting delicious. 

The Authors: The recipes in We Love Kale come from five leading food and healthy lifestyle bloggers and food writers: Kristen Beddar of The Kale Project; Karen S. Burns-Booth of Lavender and Lovage; Carolyn Cope of Umami Girl; Jassy Davis of Gin and Crumpets and Kristina Slogget of spabettie.

Recipes that stood out: Kale and Shitake Pot Sticker Dumplings; Baby Kale Falafel with Green Hummus;  Spicy Chipotle, Kale and Lime Enchiladas; Lentils, Caramelized Onions and Kale with Roasted Walnuts; Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup (recipe below); Kale Saag Aloo with Homemade Rotis; Kale Red Pepper and Feta Muffins and Triple Rich Hidden Gem Brownies which look so good and good for you too!

Pros & Cons: I really love the way this book is laid out, there is loads of nutritional and preparation information and most recipes feature a variations page, giving you even more options for the recipe. See the Baked Eggs, Kale and Guyere page below..

Baked Eggs, Kale and Gruyere

…and this is the Baked Egg Variations page, giving three more ways to use the recipes. 

Baked Egg Variations

Not a lot of Cons, unless you don’t like Kale and are not willing to give it another go with the great advice and delicious recipes in this book. Oh, and it is one of those annoying books that won’t stay open on it’s own!

The Verdict:  I love green vegetables and have been cooking with kale for some time now, however I found some really useful information and different ways to use these super-charged leaves. It’s a keeper. 

Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup
Serves 4
This Spicy Moroccan-Style Soup is low in calorise and fat but high on flavour. Packed with vegetables, it's perfect for a light lunch that will leave you satisfied.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 300ml (10 fl oz) vegetable stock
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 4 garlic cloves, inced
  4. 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  5. 2 teaspoons ras el hanout spice mixture
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 1 tin (400g/14 oz) chopped tomatoes
  8. 100g (3 1/2 oz) long-grain rice
  9. 250g (9 oz) kale, washed de-stemmed and shredded
  10. salt and black pepper
  11. crusty bread or flatbread, for serving
Instructions
  1. Put a tablespoon of the stock in a large saucepan and saute the onion, garlic and carrots for 10 minutes until softened, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the spices, tomatoes, remaining vegetable stock and rice; cover and simmer for 15-10 minutes over a low heat, until the rice is cooked.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the kale and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until the kale is cooked.
  4. Serve immediately with crusty bread or warm flatbread.
Notes
  1. Free from dairy, gluten and wheat.
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Farmersgirl Kitchen reviews We Love Quinoa from Apple Press

We Love Quinoa is the partner to We Love Kale featuring quinoa, the ancient grain and super-food which has taken the food world by storm.  

The Blurb: Quinoa is a really versatile ingredient which  contains  all  nine  essential  amino  acids  making  it  a  complete-ยญโ€protein  source  and  an  excellent   choice  for  vegans  who  may  struggle  to  get  enough  protein  in  their  diets.  Naturally  high  in  dietary   fibre,  quinoa  is  a  slowly  digested  carbohydrate,  making  it  a  good  low GI  option.

The Authors: a slight change to the line up but still including Karen S. Burns-Booth, Carolyn Cope,  Jassy Davis, Kristina Sloggett but this time with Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack

Recipes that stood out: Quinoa Pancakes with Spiced Strawberry Compote with Yogurt; Quinoa-coated Fish Finger Sandwich; Quinoa Bean Burger with Basil Aioli and all it’s variations; Risotto-Style Quinoa with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms; Fluffy and Fruity Quinoa Scones and Rich and Fudgy Quinoa Brownies.

Pros and Cons: The same excellent information and easy to use recipe layout with variations as We Love Kale.  Loads of great recipes for every meal.  

The Verdict: I was a quinoa sceptic until last July when I finally cracked it with this recipe for Quinoa with Summer Roasted Vegetables and Harissa Marinade now I’m converted and was delighted with the range and variety of the recipes.

We Love Kale by Kristen Beddar; Karen S. Burns-Booth; Carolyn Cope;  Jassy Davis and Kristina Slogget.  Published by Apple Press RRP ยฃ14.99

We Love Quinoa by Karen S. Burns-Booth, Carolyn Cope,  Jassy Davis, Kristina Sloggett and Jackie Sobon. Published by Apple Press RRP ยฃ14.99

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Moroccan Spicy Kale and Rice Soup

  1. Tracy Nixon
    February 25, 2016

    I have only ever made Stuffed butternut squash with quinoa and I really enjoyed it! I would love to try other recipes though!

  2. Tracey Peach
    February 25, 2016

    No I’ve never cooked with Quinoa before but I have fed it to my hamsters & they loved it!. I do love the look of that soup, it looks delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. jo hutchinson
    February 25, 2016

    No I have never cooked with Quinoa but would like to have a go.

  4. lynsey buchanan
    February 25, 2016

    quinoa

  5. lynsey buchanan
    February 25, 2016

    I have never cooked with quinoa

    • Janice Pattie
      February 25, 2016

      I hope you will give it a try Lynsey.

  6. Margaret Clarkson
    February 25, 2016

    Yes, my daughter loves quinoa. She likes it with cooked vegetables mixed into it. It is very easy and quick to cook.

    • Janice Pattie
      February 25, 2016

      That’s good that your daughter likes it and, you are right, it is very quick and easy to make.

  7. laura banks
    February 25, 2016

    ive not but would like to try

    • Janice Pattie
      February 25, 2016

      I’m sure you would enjoy it Laura

  8. Maxine G
    February 25, 2016

    love it mixed with wild rice and served with spicy butternut squash and feta in a zingy lime dressing

    • Janice Pattie
      February 25, 2016

      That sounds so good Maxine.

  9. Tamsin Aston
    February 25, 2016

    I cooked with quinoa quite few times and love it! A dish with roasted sweet potatoes stood out for me I really enjoyed.

  10. Jemma Andrew-Adiamah
    February 26, 2016

    Quinoa is one of my all time favourite grains! It’s so easy to cook with and so versatile. Kale is yummy too and I really like the look of this soup.
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 26, 2016

      Thanks Jemma, lots to choose from in the books.

    • Janice Pattie
      February 26, 2016

      It is good to see Karen’s recipes in print ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Dom
    February 26, 2016

    That is a bowl of gloriousness! xxx

    • Janice Pattie
      February 26, 2016

      It is a lovely soup, easy to make, tastes great and is even good for you.

  12. kellie@foodtoglow
    February 26, 2016

    Lots for great and useful books coming out these dats! I am a certified kale-head and quinoa-head, having been growing kale for many years and cooking quinoa for over 8 years. Any books devoted to these special foods is a bonus. Great reviews. PS I hope you are feeling better, Janice. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 26, 2016

      Thanks Kellie, I’m much better now. Glad to hear you are a fan of kale and quinoa.

  13. Choclette
    February 26, 2016

    Glad you finally cracked your quinoa phobia Janice. The soup looks delicious and both books look really good. The kale one in particular sounds interesting. We’ve been growing and eating it for more years than I care to remember, but I’m fairly conservative in my usage of it – other than bunging it in a smoothie, obviously!
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 26, 2016

      I resisted the whole kale trend but am fully on board now and, yes I have got over my quinoa fear, loving it now!

  14. Choclette
    February 26, 2016

    Decided I should enter the giveaway. As with the kale, I’m fairly conservative in my use of quinoa – mostly just use it as a ‘rice’ substitute, even though I’ve been eating it for at least twenty years. So it would be good to get a few more ideas.
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    • Janice Pattie
      February 26, 2016

      Good luck with the comp, Chockette. There are lots of great ideas to use Quinoa in all sorts of ways.

  15. Miranda Robinson
    February 26, 2016

    Quinoa Tabbouleh ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Janice Pattie
      February 27, 2016

      A classic, Miranda and very tasty.

  16. Linsdey C
    February 27, 2016

    I’ve experimented a lot with quinoa – favourite is in a peruvian style lunchbox salad

    • Janice Pattie
      February 27, 2016

      That sounds very exotic, Linsdey

  17. Sophie Williams
    February 27, 2016

    sweet potato and quinoa soup

    • Janice Pattie
      February 27, 2016

      Oh that would be a lovely combination, Sophie.

  18. Kim M
    February 27, 2016

    No, not yet but I’ve got a breakfast bar recipe I’d like to try

    • Janice Pattie
      February 27, 2016

      That sounds interesting, good luck.

  19. claire woods
    February 28, 2016

    Never tried cooking with it.

    • Janice Pattie
      February 28, 2016

      Worth giving it a try Claire

    • Janice Pattie
      February 28, 2016

      Thanks Jac.

  20. Ruth Harwood
    February 29, 2016

    We haven’t yet xx

    • Janice Pattie
      February 29, 2016

      I’m sure you will love it, Ruth.

  21. Maria Dhillon
    March 2, 2016

    I have made burgers with them they came out quite good

  22. Rosy
    March 3, 2016

    I made a quinoa and chick pea patty for my daughter!

  23. Sarah S
    March 6, 2016

    I make a lunch time kinda recipe. Quinoa, egg, onion, carrot and some soy sauce

    • Janice Pattie
      March 8, 2016

      That sound good, nice and quick too.

    • Janice Pattie
      March 10, 2016

      Always a pleasure and I could pick out your recipes without even checking at the back, they were always the ones I wanted to make.

  24. Keith Hunt
    March 11, 2016

    No its new to me.

    • Janice Pattie
      March 13, 2016

      Always good to try something new, Keith

  25. Emma
    March 12, 2016

    Quinoa muffins/quiches – eggs, cheese, ham and vegetables. Bite size and perfect for breakfast. I make them in batches and keep them in the freezer.

  26. michelle o'neill
    March 14, 2016

    i havent tried it before x

    • Janice Pattie
      March 14, 2016

      it’s really easy to cook, Michelle. I’m sure you would enjoy it.

  27. Jennifer Badger
    March 14, 2016

    I love using half couscous and half quinoa when I make a Moroccan Tagine

    • Janice Pattie
      March 14, 2016

      Great idea Jennifer

  28. Anne Thompson
    March 14, 2016

    I have a bag of Quinoa, but no recipes, lots of recipes online are American!

    • Janice Pattie
      March 14, 2016

      Good luck with the giveaway Anne, as there are lots of great recipes in the book.

  29. Sheri Darby
    March 14, 2016

    No I haven’t tried it yet – but would love to

    • Janice Pattie
      March 14, 2016

      Good luck Sheri.

  30. Alice OConnor
    March 14, 2016

    Chick pea and lemon tabolleh with quinoa is delish!

  31. Victoria Prince
    March 15, 2016

    I have never cooked with quinoa, it’s one of those ingredients I keep finding recipes I really want to try but haven’t actually got round to buying any so I can do so! Fab sounding books ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Trevor Linvell
    March 15, 2016

    Yes, I like making a Avocado quinoa porridge

  33. Adrian Bold
    March 15, 2016

    No I havenโ€™t cooked with it yet โ€“ but would love to try something new.

  34. Sue Dorking
    March 15, 2016

    love using quinoa to stuff vegetables such as squash, peppers or mushrooms but really need to try it in different ways

  35. Diane Duggan
    March 16, 2016

    I’ve never cooked with quinoa but would love to try it if I find a recipe that interests me.

  36. jackie curran
    March 16, 2016

    I haven’t , never sure what to do with it , so this would really help .

  37. LEE HARDY
    March 16, 2016

    Have never used quinoa

  38. AMANDA ROBINSON
    March 16, 2016

    I’m a virgin to quinoa. So far I’ve only used it to make a salad

  39. Natalie Crossan
    March 16, 2016

    Yes I love using it as a substitute for other forms of carbs x

  40. Aaron Milne
    March 16, 2016

    No – This is new to me

  41. Lisa Pond
    March 16, 2016

    I made a quinoa salad with avocado and beetroot ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Gloria Jean
    April 18, 2017

    Your soup looks amazing! I never would have thought to roast canned tomatoes. I bet that adds such great flavor to the soup.