Recipe Time: Delicious Quinoa Chili

Hello, my friends!

We all know fall is quickly approaching and, to me, that means COMFORT FOOD. Fall is a time when everyone wants to eat warm, delicious meals to combat the incoming cold. One of my favourite fall foods is CHILI. Nothing beats coming home from a long, cold day to a nice bowl of chili.

I am by no means a vegetarian or vegan, but this dish is so delicious you will not miss the meat at all. Also, time to time, I try to have a meatless meal since eating meat is not the best thing for our environment. It’s hard for me to be meatless every day, but this dish makes it a lot easier for me to skip on the meat!

Let’s jump right into what’s in this amazing dish. It is really packed with veggies and spices, making it a HEALTHY comfort food (who knew that was even possible!).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 can of diced tomato
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 2 tbsp of chili powder (or more!)
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of corn

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan cook quinoa according to package (I used 1 cup of quinoa for my dish).
  2. In a large pot, add olive oil, garlic, and onions. Cook on medium heat until onions are translucent.
  3. Add cooked quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, red bell pepper, chopped carrot, and spices to the large pot.
  4. Add two cups of water to the pot, and reduce heat to low. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes, or until thickened.
  5. Stir in the beans and corn until heated through.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!

That’s it! This is such an easy dish to prepare, especially when you don’t know what to whip up for dinner. I also love making a big batch and using it as a lunch for the week. I hope you enjoy this mouth-watering dish, and let me know what you think!

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