Linking up at Beth Anne's Best for Lenten Meal Plan Monday (er Wednesday)!
Me and the fam are vegan. I know, I think we're annoying and obnoxious too. And because we are I have LOTSA stuff we make without meat and dairy!
This is a new recipe we tried a couple days ago and it is a WINNER. It is pretty easy, so could be made for lunch dinner.
Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili
(recipe found here.)
You will need:
-One 29oz (or two 15 oz cans) or black beans, drained and rinsed
-One 6oz can tomato paste
-32oz vegetable stock
-One onion, chopped (the recipe didn't specify, but we used red)
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tablespoon chili powder
-1 tablespoon cumin powder
-1 teaspoon oregano
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
-1 cup dry quinoa
-Salt & pepper to taste
-Avocado & cilantro for garnish (we did have avocado, but went sans cilantro)
-If you are wanting to, you could add cheese or sour cream as a topping as well
We had pretty much everything on hand to make this (score!). But if you're new to using quinoa, check your local Costco. That's where we buy ours and it's much, much cheaper than buying it at a grocery store. If you don't have a Costco nearby, try a store that sells food in bulk for another cheaper option. We also buy bulk canned black beans at Costco. And even if you don't, I think this meal is very inexpensive. Sweet potatoes can be pricey, but you're only using one to make 6 servings.
Now for the making!
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium/high heat. Add onions and cook until soft (about 10 minutes). Add garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Then add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add beans, stock, and potatoes, season with salt & pepper. Cook 5 minutes. Add the quinoa! In the original recipe it says it will take 15-30 minutes for the quinoa to cook. We make quinoa a lot and it usually take at least 30 minutes on it's own, so if you're not familiar with how cooked quinoa looks, go the 30 minutes. Ours ended up taking almost 40 minutes, but I had turned down the heat a bit. Stir frequently. Taste-test the potatoes to make sure they're at your softness preference. When satisfied, spoon into bowels, top with garnish and enjoy!!!
Our girls even loved this. Gwen can be pretty picky and is very sensitive to spice, but she ate plenty. I did add about 1/2-1 tablespoon of water to the girls bowls to make it less thick and to cool it quickly.
Ben and I loved it as well. I am not a sweet potato fan, but this is darn good. The avocado complimented perfectly. We ate it with crackers, but corn bread as a side would be delish!