Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili

This rainy weather has really put a damper on my BBQ time – insert sad face. I’m really hoping the sun comes back soon!  I busted out my pots and pans, fired up the stove and tried a chili recipe that is a compilation of a few different recipes (which really means I threw whatever I had in the cupboard into a pot). It is vegan, but you could add any type of ground meat if you prefer.  This was very filling and makes for great leftovers! Oh and FYI…the hubbs even said it was REALLY good which is saying a lot because he thinks vegetarian food is boring. Point for the wife 🙂photo 3(15)Serves 6

15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (you can substitute and kind of bean!)
15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz can of diced tomatoes
6 oz can tomato paste
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (about 300g)
3/4 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
1 white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon onion salt
Salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro for garnish  (optional)

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until soft, about 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes, cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add the beans, stock, sweet potatoes, and remaining spices. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the quinoa. photo 1(20)Continue cooking for about 20 – 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until quinoa and sweet potatoes are cooked and the chili has thickened.  Top with chopped cilantro.photo 2(22)This makes about 9 cups, which is 6 large servings of 1.5 cups. You could stretch it out to 8 smaller servings. The nutritional info below is based on 6 servings.

Nutritional Info for one serving:
332 Calories, 60g Carbs, 4g Fat, 13g Protein, 448mg Sodium, 13g Sugar

3 Comments

  • Laura May 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Yummmm, looks good – some of the best meals are made from ransacking and ridding the fridge of food lolol.

    Reply

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