Man, it has been cold here lately. I have been wanting everything hot – my water (tea), my breakfast (steel-cut oats) and my dinner (black bean & quinoa chili). This stuff was so good and so filling with the addition of the quinoa. It’s loaded with veggies and has the flavor to prove it. I halved this recipe for the two of us & we had plenty of leftovers for lunches throughout the week.

the goodies…

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Black Bean & Quinoa Chili
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1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 19 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 t dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup corn, frozen
1 handful cilantro, chopped

Simmer quinoa in water until absorbed, about 20 minutes.
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin. Next add the tomatoes, beans, peppers, zucchini, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes. Add in cooked quinoa and corn, stir until heated through. Top with cheddar cheese, sour cream and a bunch of fresh cilantro.

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images: sammyw

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