August 26th
 

theresa albert - my friend in food

 

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Chili

 

Sometimes you really just want some hearty, vegetarian chili.
You don't need a substitute for beef, you need a substitute for the hearty protein you get with beef.
The answer in this case, is quinoa. Quinoa is a delicious grain closely related to beets and spinach,
and it shares the nutritional value - and some.

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (19 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped (optional)
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon dried parsley
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender,
and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Stir in the onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper; cook and stir until the onion has softened
and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
Season with chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute more to release the flavor of the spices.

Stir in the tomatoes, black beans, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, zucchini, oregano,
and parsley. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Simmer until the bell peppers are tender, about 20 minutes.

Once the red and green peppers are tender, stir in the quinoa, and corn kernels.
Return to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes to reheat. 

Stir in the cilantro to serve.
 

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