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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!

I loved this recipe !  It was nice and refreshing, and satisfied my hungry belly without making me feel stuffed.  Perfect for a hot summer day!

Cool Summer Quinoa Salad (adapted from i heart wellness)

2 cups cooked quinoa

1/2 cucumber, diced

2 cups frozen peas

1 carrot , shredded

3 cups spinach, chopped

1 cup kidney beans

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp ground cumin

 

Cook Quinoa as directed on package and let cool.   Add chopped veggies to cooled quinoa and toss well. Make dressing with the remaining spices and oil and pour over the dish.  Toss again and place in the fridge until cold.

Miss me?  Well, we’ve been doing all things summer:  swimming, biking, vacationing… the list goes on and on!

I won’t promise regular posting for the rest of summer, but I will promise you that you will LOVE this recipe!  It’s my go-to recipe when we have [non-vegan-eating] guests over for dinner, because I know it does not disappoint!

Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir-fry ( adapted from Veganomicon)

Ingredients:
Quinoa:
1 cup quinoa, well rinsed and drained
1 cup pineapple juice (I just use water, since I don’t like the quinoa to be too sweet)
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce (I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos)

Stir-fry:
4 ounces cashews, raw and unsalted
3 tablespoons peanut oil (or any high-heat oil will do)
2 scallions, sliced thinly (I sometimes use 1/2 of a regular onion)
1 hot red chile, sliced into very thin rounds (I don’t use this, since my kids don’t like it too spicy and it’s still great!)
1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, rolled and sliced in thin shreds
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
10 ounces fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized chunks (I’ve used canned pineapple and it tastes just as good)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable stock
1 tablespoon mirin (I don’t use the mirin)
Lime wedges for garnish

Method:

For the quinoa: Combine the quinoa, juice, water and soy sauce in a medium sized pot. Cover, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Stir a few times, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 12 – 14 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa appears plumped and slightly translucent. Uncover, fluff and let cool.

For the stir-fry: Use a large frypan or wok. Have all your ingredients pre-chopped and in reach. Place the cashews in the dry pan and heat over low heat, stirring them, until lightly toasted (4 to 5 minutes).

Remove the cashews from the pan, raise the heat to medium and add the peanut oil, scallions and garlic, when the garlic starts to sizzle, add the sliced chili and ginger.

Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add the bell pepper and peas. Stir-fry for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the bell pepper is softened and the peas are bright green.

Add the basil and mint, and stir for another minute before adding the pineapple and quinoa.

Combine the soy sauce, vegetable stock and miri. Pour over the quinoa mixture. Stir until the mixture is coated. Continue to stir-fry for 10 minutes (it helps to use two spoons/spatulas to scoop the quinoa around). Serve with lime wedges.

This also tastes great the day after, cold!  Enjoy!!!

I made this last night and it was fabulous!

Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf (adapted from Veganomicon)

2 tablespoons olive oil1 small yellow onion, chopped finely (about one cup)

3 Carrots, diced finely

1 pepper, diced finely( I used an Ancho pepper and it was yummy!)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

fresh ground pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 cup quinoa (rinsed well)

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 2 cups cooked)

2 cups vegetable broth (or reconstituted bullion)

fresh cilantro as a topping

Directions:

  1. In a small stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions in olive oil for about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, coriander, cumin, black pepper, and salt; saute for another minute.
  3. Add the quinoa and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chickpeas and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, lower the heat to very low, cover, and cook for about 18 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water; stir occasionally.
  5. Fluff with a fork and serve.

I topped ours with cilantro.  It would also be good with some avocado and fresh tomatoes on top, too.  Next time!

 

Summer time is perfect for salads, and this is one you definitely need to try!  You’ll LOVE it, especially after it has some time to sit in the fridge.  When I make this, I whip up a double batch so we have a few meals for the next day.  It’s awesome to take on a picnic!

Make sure you have your quinoa already cooked and cooled before starting on this salad.

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango (Veganomicon)

Serves 4 to 6

1 mango, peeled and diced small
1 red pepper, seeded and diced as small as you can get it
1 cup chopped scallion
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 1/2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed (a 15-ounce can)

Combine the mango, red pepper, scallions, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Add the red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, and salt and stir to combine. Add the quinoa and stir until everything is well incorporated. Fold in the black beans. Serve immediately or let it sit for a bit to let the flavors meld.

We love this served over spinach.

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!)