Creamy and comforting, this vegan Tomato Peanut Butter Quinoa Soup comes together with a simple combination of peanut butter, tomatoes and tomato paste for an easy weeknight meal. This is not your mama's tomato soup! Gluten Free + Vegan + Low Calorie
Hi Friends! Hope you're Monday's off to a good start. I certainly had an interesting weekend at the gym. I was doing floor work after swimming near the weight area when I suddenly, notice all the guys staring at the squat press with their mouths wide open. When I look up to see what they're looking at, I see a young woman with long bleach blonde hair, a whole lot of tan and a really REALLY, I mean REALLY big booty. The thing about this woman was she was owning it. She showed every bit of confidence about herself in the gym.
In the two years I've been going to this particular gym it was the first time I ever witnessed what so many women fear about it, the dreaded "meat market." Come to think of it, in all my years working out have I have never witnessed this until now. On second hand, maybe the guys have been checking me out this whole time and I don't know it. I'm positive the poor girl had no idea what was going on behind her. Men really are so obvious!
After this happened, it got me thinking. Do men really like big butts? Remember what the mayor said about mine, Personally, I don't get the big butt thing. Why would you want a big butt? I had a big butt for many years in college and I can tell you first hand there's nothing magical about it. In fact, it complicates especially buying clothes. You know when you try something on and it fits everywhere except for the butt? Yeah, I don't want to deal with big butt drama.
Truthfully my butt is one thing about my body I am most self conscious about and I'm willing to bet this is true for most other women too. All I want is a normal, smallish nicely shaped boot-ay. I say let's cut out the big butt craze but I suppose first, we need to convince men to like small butts.
What it really comes down to is so many women never feel good enough. I don't have a small enough butt, skinny enough legs, big enough chest, nicely shaped arms, a flat stomach, thick enough hair, straight enough teeth, long enough eyelashes, etc. We are so critical of ourselves and what we perceive to be our imperfections. "Perceive" being the key word because our perception is far from reality.
The ironic part about women and their insecurities is that men don't care about any of it. What they do care about it that you own it. Own who you are and own what you are that's why they were so attracted to that woman at the gym. Have confidence in what you have and shake it like you love it even if it's not exactly how you feel. Men like you for who you are and that includes your big bad butt. Men don't care about the size of your body and you shouldn't either. If they do, then you should be running in the opposite direction.
But enough big butt talk because today we're making soup in the SF kitchen! Now that it's no longer triple digits in Arizona, I can finally enjoy a bowl of soup without sweating bullets and this isn't just any tomato soup either. This tomato soup is made with peanut butter and quinoa. It's thick, creaming and comforting. So grab your spoon and peanut butter and let's get cooking! And remember to own it!
Tomato Peanut Butter Quinoa Soup
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 cups vegetable broth low sodium
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 28 ounce tomatoes in juice
- 6 ounce tomato paste
- 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy, unsalted
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 6 scallions diced
- Optional raw slivered almonds or peanuts for sprinkling
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant then add tomatoes with their juices, tomato paste, broth, vinegar, peanut butter, cayenne and salt. Whisk to combine and bring to a boil.
- Once it has come to a boil, allow the ingredients to simmer on medium low 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add cooked quinoa to the pot.
- Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with the scallions and nuts.