This is a filling southwestern soup full of herbs and spices. You may like the cilantro lime quinoa as a general substitute in other recipes for rice or other grains. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, or nutritional yeast for an extra layer of texture, flavor, and nutrition.



I cooked my black beans from dried so in the gallery you’ll see that I added astragalus sticks, cinnamon sticks, and a sheet of kombu when cooking the beans to add flavor and minerals.


Recipe adapted from The Dinner Mom.


Chili Pepper – an excellent source of Vitamin E which plays a role inhibiting IgE, the white blood cell that can lead to allergy reactions and asthma. It’s also a very good source of Vitamin A, fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, copper, and iron. The capsaicin which makes chili peppers spicy inhibits the inflammatory neuropeptide called substance P thus reducing inflammation in the body. Capsaicin has been used successfully in a variety of treatments to reduce pain from all sorts of conditions. Additionally, chili peppers have shown to balance cholesterol levels, clear congested mucus, strengthen the mucous membrane immune system, prevent stomach ulcers, increase metabolism/thermogenesis, and inhibit the spread of prostate cancer. Many of these have to do with capsaicin which can be found in all the spicy peppers.


Quinoa – more of a seed than a grain, this food contains high amounts of quercetin. Some quinoa types are higher even than some “high quercetin foods.” Many of the phytonutrients in quinoa reduce inflammation in the body which can reduce swelling related to allergies, asthma, rheumatic conditions, and so many other inflammation-mediated conditions? Quinoa may also help balance cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation, both useful for people with cardiovascular disease or at risk for cardiovascular disease.


Cilantro – this herb is super. The seeds are commonly called coriander and are very dense with phytonutrients and strong volatile oils. although yet to be proven in humans, cilantro may help induce an insulin response to control blood sugar, normalize cholesterol levels, and reduce free radical production that lead to damaged fats. Try using this booster food regularly.