Gluten-Free Chili with Quinoa, Black Beans & Corn
Did you know that nearly half of the U.S. population is now open to eating a meatless meal between some and all of the time? Wow, we have come a long way, and I welcome the new members of our community who are part-time vegans. It takes time to make big changes in your life, and it is much harder to unlearn than learn. For so long we have been receiving confusing and misleading messages from everyone involved in nutrition including scientific studies funded by big business, advertising, doctors and even our government. People say the number one cause of death is coronary disease, but it is really our lack of knowledge about proper nutrition. At any rate, these new statistics are really encouraging to me, and I am so proud of all of you who are trying to live a healthier and more compassionate life in 2014. Thanks for being part of our community. Now on to food.
It was announced this week that one of my favorite bands, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, will be performing at Super Bowl 2014. So as a homage to them, I created this delicious Red Hot Chili Pepper Chili. Well, its not really hot but it is spicy and a perfect meal for a Super Bowl Party. This would also make a wonderful family meal. If the kids don't like too much spice, just cut the chili powder in half and leave out the cayenne pepper. Don't worry about those roasted poblano peppers because they are usually mild. Roasting them brings out the fruitier flavors of the peppers and adds a sweetness to the chili. Hope you enjoy this high protein, plant-based, gluten-free chili as much as I did. Wishing you a peaceful, compassionate week. Don't miss any of Ordinary Vegan's free recipes by signing up here.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 26 ounce carton of crushed tomatoes
- 8 ounce carton of tomato sauce
- 1 cup water (+ more as needed)
- 1 15 ounce carton of organic black beans, rinsed well to remove starch
- 1½ cups of frozen organic corn kernels
- 2 roasted, peeled poblano peppers, chopped *
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- light sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or more to taste)
- Saute chopped onions in olive oil in a medium saucepan. When they become translucent (about 3-5 minutes) add garlic, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and water to onion mixture and bring to boil.
- Add quinoa, bring to boil and than simmer on low for 30 minutes. Adding more water if needed.
- Taste and season with more salt, pepper, chili powder if needed.
- Add corn, black beans and chopped poblano. Bring to boil and simmer on low heat and cook for another 10 minutes. Keep adding more tomato sauce or water if needed to thin it out.
- Serve in large bowls and top with diced avocado and fresh cilantro.