Anyways, backtracking to the middle of last week, I actually made some surprisingly delicious chili that has lasted me this entire week (lunch and dinner).
I was craving vegetarian chili, which isn't as easy to come by in restaurants as you'd think. So I decided, what the heck, why not make my own? I did just buy cans and cans of black and kidney beans. I discovered this recipe on Milk Free Mom through the help of Pinterest. Although the ingredients list looks a tad long, trust me, it's a super easy recipe and totally worth it. It's loaded with fiber, proteins, and other yummy nutrients. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need meat in your diet to get all of the nutrients you need.
|Yummy in my tummy|
- 1 29 oz can black beans (drained)
- 1 29 oz can kidney beans (drained)
- 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 5 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder (optional)
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 can/2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- salt and pepper for taste
Get a large pot and heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir until brown. Add the tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Stir for 10 minutes and then add the beans, stock, water, and potatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add the dry quinoa. Continue to cook for 15-30 minutes. Stir frequently until the quinoa and potatoes are cooked (you might need to cover it).I had to add a bit more water because the chili became a little too thick. Add salt and pepper for taste.
That's all there is to it! Simple, right? I hope you guys all enjoy it. It's good for you and will give you veggie eaters most of the vitamins you need. Throw in some spinach and you'll be good to go. And yes, I know that spinach doesn't usually go in chili, but it will still taste good if you throw it in. You won't even miss the meat thanks to the help of the quinoa and sweet potatoes.
Also, I watched a super interesting Ted Talks video on food and global warming: What's Wrong With What We Eat? It's actually quite informative and so true. He gets a little extreme on the no meat thing in the end, but he does make a great point about how people nowadays eat too much meat, fast food, and processed food.