I'm not alone in this am I?
Anyway, when we lived in Boston years ago, we knew several vegetarians. I regret that we never took advantage of their varied and experienced vegetarian-style cooking because I think it would really help now that we're flirting with vegetarianism ourselves. So I resorted to a little stalking. A check of facebook, finding someone's blog, click click, search for recipes, yada yada, and suddenly I have a perfectly delicious and extremely easy recipe.
And an excuse to continue stalking.
Simple Quinoa Chili
(adapted from Kate's recipe, which isn't linked to save myself from embarrassment)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed in warm water
1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup water or broth
1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1) Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onions, and sauté until tender. Add salt, garlic, green pepper and spices; sauté for 5-10 minutes.
2) Add rinsed quinoa and stir until combined. Add corn, tomato sauce, and water or broth to onion/quinoa mixture. Simmer together 20 minutes.
3) Add beans to the pot and simmer another 15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream or whatever else you like to put on chili. Enjoy!