Saturday, February 23, 2013

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped 
1 red bell pepper, chopped 
1 medium zucchini, chopped 
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed 
1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed 
3 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce 
2-3 tablespoons chili powder, depending on your taste (we used 3, if you like it spicier) 
1 tablespoon ground cumin 
Salt and black pepper, to taste

1. Cook Quinoa. Put in saucepan with water, cook on medium heat until water is absorbed (about 15 minutes)

2. In a large pot, heat olive oil over high heat, add onion & saute until tender (about 5 min). Add garlic, jalepeno, carrots, celery, zucchini & peppers - cook until tender (about 10 min).

3. Add beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce and cooked quinoa. Season with chili powder, cumin & salt & pepper. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes, Serve warm.

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