Vegetarian Quinoa & Black Bean Chili

Whether you’re trying to eat less red meat or are having a vegetarian guest, today’s recipe is a crowd pleaser for fans of spicy chili. Previously I shared The Best Vegetarian Chili with meatless-crumbles and beans. Today’s version is based on healthy quinoa and black beans. It’s another delightful way to enjoy a spicy bowl of comforting chili. Adjust the spices to meet your family’s tastes. Serve with fresh cilantro and shredded cheese, green onion, or a dollop of Greek yogurt. (Greek yogurt contains more protein per serving than sour cream, which is ideal for those trying to build muscle or improve their immune system or bone strength.)

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Quinoa Brown Rice Southwest Bowl

This wonderful southwest bowl contains everything you need for a very healthy meal in one dish. It makes a great lunch to take to school or work. Quinoa, brown rice, beans, corn, fresh cilantro, and red bell pepper with a southwest dressing makes a yummy bowl. I like to add tomatoes and avocado on top and its perfect. The longer it marinates with the dressing, the better it is. Make a batch of this on Sunday and then eat it for lunches during the week. This is a forgiving recipe that can be made with changes to fit your pantry or taste. Most legumes and grains like barley or buckwheat would work well.

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

This is a wonderful Southwestern style salad that is quick and easy to make. It makes a healthy side with quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers, red onion, and cilantro. It also is a great lunch. Best of all, it’s tasty. You can adjust ingredients and spices for your family. The recipe is vegetarian but can be modified to meet vegan needs as noted in the recipe.

Don’t like cilantro? Add Romaine lettuce instead. You can make this salad with white or red quinoa. All quinoa has a nutty, earthy flavor. This flavor is stronger in red quinoa and milder in white quinoa. Red quinoa also has a chewier, almost crunchy texture. Quinoa is a great base for salads because it’s nutritious, and it soaks up the flavors of the dressing and seasonings. Quinoa is gluten-free, rich in fiber and a great source of protein. The longer the salad chills in the fridge, the more flavor it will have. The dressing soaks into the quinoa and makes it super flavorful and delicious. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours for optimal flavor. Try making a bowl on Sunday, and package lunches for several days.

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Start The Day With Lemon Blueberry Quinoa

A tasty and healthy alternative to oatmeal, Lemon Blueberry Quinoa is high in protein and fiber. The classic combination of blueberries and lemon with a touch of maple syrup is a wonderful sweet tart mix in flavor. Rinse the quinoa well before cooking to remove bitterness. For vegan, use your favorite milk substitute like soy, almond, etc., or try a vanilla milk for even more flavor.

Quinoa cooked in milk with fruit can be adapted with other fruit such as strawberries, mixed berries, and blackberries. Your family can start the day with a warm tasty bowl of fruit quinoa any time of the year. If you cook it ahead, store in a bowl with a lid in the refrigerator. I even know someone who likes it better cold and takes it for lunch to work.

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Avocado Breakfast Bowl With Red Quinoa

Red quinoa comes from the flowering plant Chenopodium quinoa, which is native to South America. Red quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, and many important vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s higher in antioxidants than other varieties of quinoa, and is naturally gluten-free.  When cooked, it fluffs up and has a chewy texture.



Today’s recipe is  a combination of tasty yet healthy ingredients for a great way to start the day.  The most time is cooking the quinoa.  I suggest you put it on in a rice cooker and go get dressed.  It’s a good way to change up the carbs in your breakfast while still having a pleasing taste and texture.  I used red quinoa but regular quinoa could also be used. Read More

Classic Stuffed Peppers

A classic is something that  stands the test of time. A great example is stuffed peppers filled with ground beef and rice and topped with a seasoned tomato sauce. This comforting meal is great for company. No one will ever know this flavorful and hearty dish took about forty minutes to make. It’s a traditional favorite in many homes, and it is extremely versatile. There are about as many variations as families. Let’s look at several of them.

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