Loaded Veggie Chili

If you live in the Midwest and you hear chili you think of a big ol’ bowl of beans, meat and tomatoes. I have turned that classic recipe on its head. This is a great way to sneak in a bunch of veggies and replace the meat with quinoa. The original cost of meat (~$5.00/LB) covers all of the veggies you will be adding to this dish, with a little extra left over to keep in your pocket.

Loaded Veggie Chili

1 bag shredded carrots

2 sweet potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces

1 yellow onion

1 red pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

2 cloves of garlic

1 can black beans, drained

1 can chopped tomatoes, in their juices

1/2 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 chili seasoning pack

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons onion powder

4 tablespoons pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

Pinch of chili flakes

Pinch of hot sauce

Salt, to taste

Pumpkin seeds (optional as topping)

In a large pot add the potatoes, onions, carrots and red peppers. Cook until peppers and onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Add in garlic, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper continue to cook until the cinnamon is fragrant (1-2 minutes). Once your spices are all warmed up  add in your black beans, tomatoes quinoa, hot sauce, chili seasoning pack and water. Give it a big stir then cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes or until the quinoa and sweet potatoes are cooked through. Keep an eye on the pot and add more water if needed.

Once the chili is ready, prepare a bowl for yourself and top with pumpkin seeds!  xx

PS: Defiantly a vegetarian dish….and 99% sure its vegan…Vegans? Any help here?

Vegtable chili

Baby Kale Pesto Salad

Inspiration takes many different forms in this wonderful world. I recently tried a pesto dressing from my local grocery store and it blew my mind. How did I never think to make pesto into a dressing? I have used it on chicken and for pastas but salad had never crossed my mind until that day.

This is a great, refreshing for a special occasion or for your next meal prep of lunches. The only thing I would suggest is not making this too far in advance (maybe like a day or two). Pesto is heavy and I have found that it can make the salad soggy if you leave it in the fridge for too long….oopsy.

Baby Kale Pesto Salad

1/4 cup pesto mixing in a drizzle in olive oil until it makes a vinaigrette

1 bundle of baby kale, washed

1/2 cup cranberries

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1/4 cup quinoa

Place all of the ingredients into a salad bowl, slowly adding dressing and tossing until everything is lightly covered.  For your presentation, top the salad added additional cranberries, walnuts and goat cheese.  Set little bowl on the side with any leftover dressing you might have. You never know who the closet pesto lovers are amongst you!

If you have any leftover ingredients consider making this into a quinoa dish – flavors will be insane a few days in.

This dish tastes as good as it looks. xx

pesto salad