Hearty Spiced Vegetable Soup for the Soul: A Vegan Gluten-Free Plant-Based Recipe

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November is World Vegan Month. Whether you are a long-time vegan, embrace Meatless Mondays, are curious about a pegan lifestyle or simply appreciate real food in its various forms, today’s vegan soup recipe can fit into a healthy, balanced, delicious diet. 

vegetable soup for the soul_2As I have written about repeatedly and teach about in my popular ecourse What to Eat?, I believe that each of us is unique and has varying needs and therefore our diets should be unique too. Eating in a Simple | Pure | WholeTM way means nourishing your body with real, whole foods in their highest quality and purest forms. Consuming organic, quality foods in their Simple | Pure | WholeTM forms  helps you feel clear-headed, physically balanced and full of vitality! 
Focus on what makes you feel your best, respects the environment and other beings and you enjoy 
instead of getting caught up in labels and rules. For most of us, a diet that focuses on plant-based foods with or without small amounts of humanely-raised animal products can help us live a more sustainable, kinder life–for ourselves, our planet and animals. 

This Hearty Spiced Vegetable Soup for the Soul can bring everyone around the table! It is simple enough to throw together for a Meatless Monday or everyday meal but festive and delicious enough to be featured on your holiday table! With its warming spices and nourishing veggies, it is the perfect warming, filling dish for cool autumn days and cold winter nights

Hearty Spiced Vegetable Soup for the Soul
Yields 6
A festive gluten-free, vegan soup packed with warming spices and delicious flavor!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
  1. 1 Tbs. olive oil
  2. 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  3. 2 stalks celery, diced
  4. 1 cup fresh fennel, chopped
  5. 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  6. 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 6 cups filtered water or organic vegetable broth
  9. 1.5 cups (one 15 oz can) cooked white or cannellini beans
  10. 1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  11. pinch ground nutmeg
  12. pinch cloves
  13. 1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme
  14. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  15. fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  16. 1 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  17. 1 bunch lacinato kale, coarsely chopped
  18. 2 cups pea shoots or baby spinach
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and add chopped onion, celery and fennel. Saute over medium heat until translucent.
  2. Add chopped carrots and garlic and continue to saute 5 more minutes.
  3. Add water/broth, quinoa, beans and spices. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add greens and lemon juice, stir and cover to simmer on low for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Add additional seasoning to taste and enjoy!
Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE http://www.jenniferweinbergmd.com/

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Enjoy this Hearty Spiced Vegetable Soup for the Soul all season long and experience the vitality and flavor you can get from plant-based foods! You will find another perfect fall soup recipe and over 20 other delicious gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free and dairy-free fall favorites in my Fall Action Plan Cookbook! 

What is your favorite warming meal? Do you eat a vegan diet or incorporate vegan meals in your life? 

To stay on track all season long and start the New Year healthy and energized, take the next step today to commit to a life you truly love and feel fully alive! Imagine yourself January 1st feeling relaxed, confident, energetic and ready to continue to reach your goals!

Stick with healthy habits now and build a strong foundation for health! Join us in the Fun & Festive Holiday Challenge in November and/or December for an affordable and fun opportunity to build healthy habits, feel your best and stay calm during the holidays! And start eating healthy now with the Fall Action Plan Cookbook, now only $5.99 including a BONUS e-cookbook with over 50 additional recipes!

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Such a lovely soup! I love all that fennel!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    mmmm love the beans and the spinach in there with the fennel. Thanks for linking up with us for Meatless Monday

  • Tina Muir

    Ahhh I love these kind of soups! SO good for the body and soul! Thanks for linking up lady 🙂

  • Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com

    Yum!!! This soup looks absolutely fantastic and it’s soup season! Definitely pinning it so I can find it again! 🙂

  • Brianna @Flippin’ Delicious

    It is definitely soup season! Looks delicious, so warm and nourishing.

  • Debbie

    Hmm.. It looks delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe on Tip Tuesday. It is the perfect way to warm up these colder days.

  • Bethany

    Yum. This looks great.

  • Marla

    Hi Dr Jennifer,
    Sounds like a healthy hearty soup filled with a wealth of health. I love all the spices and herbs you added – gives any soup so much flavor and nutritional boost. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  • Easy Peasy Life Matters

    This sounds like a delicious and very wholesome soup! Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party 🙂

  • Deborah Davis

    So yummy! And the photos are mouthwatering! This is my kind of soul food! Thanks for sharing your healthy and delectable Hearty Spiced Vegetable Soup for the Soul recipe with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

    • Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE

      I love soup too, for the warmth, comfort and nutrition and even better with so many veggies 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing and hosting Deborah!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This sounds delicious! I love hearty soups like this during this time of year. Thanks for sharing this with us at Savoring Saturdays link party! Hope you’ll join us again.

  • Jenny D

    Oooh, sounds so simple and warming, just in time for cold weather!