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We’ve been eating this yummy chili for a few years now, and it’s never gotten old.  I always look forward to the weather cooling down a bit so I can start making it again.  It’s so satisfying and yummy, and even better the next day!

Quinoa Chili

2 cans beans (I like Kidney and Black), drained and rinsed well

2 tsp oil

1 medium onion, chopped finely

2 tsp salt

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp chili powder

2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed well

1 cup frozen corn

2 cups crushed tomatoes

1 cup water (I like a mixture of veggie broth and water)

Sautee onions over medium heat til tender.  Add spices and peppers; saute for 5-10 minutes.  Add quinoa and toast for a few minutes.  Add corn, tomatoes and water & simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat.  Add beans and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Serve with sliced avocado on top.  YUM!

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When we started our new eating lifestyle, we decided to omit white flour out of our diets. Of course, we have our occasional treat here and there, but that is done OUTSIDE of our home.  Sidenote:  One of the big rules we strive to live by (yes, we budged a little this Easter) is to never bring anything processed, non-plant-based, un-naturally sweetened, etc. into our home.  If we ever want to get a little treat, we have to go out to get it, that way we are not tempted to polish off an entire package of junk in one sitting.

Anyways, back to the direction I want this post to go… GRAINS.  We eat them sparingly, and the ones we do eat have a really high nutrient content.

My boys eat a 9 grain or steel cut oats in the morning for breakfast, and then have a sandwich on sprouted bread for lunch.  That’s pretty much all of the grains we consume in one day.  I purchase all of my grains from our local food Co-Op.  I’m able to get about 2.5 lbs of our breakfast cereal for under $3, and it will last us for 2 weeks.  It’s not only good for our bellies, but easy on the wallet.

One of our favorite grains is Quinoa.  The health benefits of Quinoa are astounding!  I prepare at least one meal a week with Quinoa.  One of our all-time favorite recipes is Pineapple Cashew Stir Fry (yet another fabulous recipe from Veganomicon!).  ***Make sure you soak your quinoa or rinse it really well (until there are no more bubbles while rinsing) before cooking… otherwise you will have some bitter-tasting quinoa!***

And we love this little snack, which I try to make once a week to munch on here and there:  Almond Quinoa Muffins (yep, you guessed it, from Veganomicon!)