Okay, so maybe no one else noticed, but I didn’t post last weekend, because I was sick. Seems my body rebelled against going back to work after three weeks off on winter break (in fact, I had to call out from work… after only three days back). But, with food, liquids, and sleep as my medicine, I healed up all them gnarly tummy aches. I am stronger than any nasty little bug that tries to keep me down! RAWRRR!! Anyways…
I’ve got a one-pot quinoa chili recipe for you today, because it’s the kind of thing you want to eat in the winter.
Warm, hearty, comforting. Healthy and nutritious for those with weight-loss/health-minded resolutions. Plus, it’s easy to make and easy to clean up after.
My inspiration for this quinoa chili recipe came from Damn Delicious (doesn’t the name just exude confidence?). However, I was pretty sure I could make something similar without having to cook the quinoa separately first. I wanted to just stir everything into one big pot, cover it, and let it do it’s magic.
So I did that, thinking that the tomato sauce and just a cup of broth would be enough liquid for the quinoa to soak up, and… the quinoa took sooo long to cook. I’d say it took about 45 minutes of simmer time for it to finally be tender enough to eat, when quinoa should usually be done in 15-20 minutes.
Add to that, the soupy tomato-ey mixture was really violent as it cooked (even on low heat)! At one point when I lifted the lid to stir in some spices, the bubbles started to uncontrollably surface, pop, and splash hot tomato sauce 3 feet into the air – landing on the walls, the cabinets, the toaster, and the girl who thought this would be a good idea.
No worries… I edited the recipe to spare you the pain so that the quinoa gets properly cooked first, then simmered in tomato sauce, spices, etc. It’s still a one-pot quinoa chili recipe, but a much smarter way to go about it. Keep your kitchen and your body clean (inside and out); make this!
Nutrition information below is for 1 serving = 1/8 quinoa chili recipe, including corn. Does not include optional toppings.