Saturday, January 26, 2008

Delicious, simple meals

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

This is one of my favorite meals... as you've seen on this blog for a while. In the pic above, I used more quinoa than the recipe below calls for and it has been chilled overnight... but if you add more broth, it will thin out to a great chili consistency. You can also use bulgur or millet.

2 T olive oil
1 large onion or 1.5 cups diced
5 cloves garlic, or 1.5 T minced
1 t cumin seeds (ground is OK)
1 t coriander
2 T chili powder
1/4 t oregano or marjoram
2 serrano chiles, seeded if less spice is desired, chopped
1 small green pepper or 3/4 c chopped
1 small red pepper or 3/4 c chopped
pinch salt/pepper
3 c black beans (28 oz can or 1 c dried. but if they're dried they
need to be cooked first)
4 c vegetable stock or water
2 bouillon cubes if not using stock
1/2 c quinoa, rinsed
15 oz can corn or 1.5 c frozen corn
14 oz can diced tomatoes, or better yet, Rotel
more stock/water if necessary
Juice of 1 large lime
2 c cilantro, chopped
salt/pepper to taste
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, place the first 11
ingredients in the pan and saute for at least 10 minutes. Add the
beans and stock and quinoa and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat down
to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, then add the corn and tomatoes.
You may need to add more water to reach your desired thickness. I like
a super chunky stew. Turn heat to low and cover for 20 more minutes.
Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and season with salt/pepper to
This is delicious topped vegan sour cream mixed with roasted garlic,
lime juice and paprika, and some chopped avocado.

This morning, I awoke knowing I would have to figure out breakfast out of my pantry.. and my pantry is very bare with morning staples. I knew I had some cranberry and apple sauce in the freezer, so I took that out as soon as I woke up. I have about 1 cup of sucanat in this house, which I use for bread making a tablespoon at a time... so no pancake syrup could be made... but I have stevia... and oats and white whole wheat flour, so threw together these awesome muffins. I only used 2 T EVOO for the fat, along with flax meal..
My son enjoyed his slathered with peanut butter and jelly and washed it down with a huge glass of soymilk. I only wish I had written down the ingredients and proportions because they were delicious!
The other day I wanted to make my delicious veggie cream cheese spread, but didn't want the calories of the cashews. I tried my hand at this awesome tofu based spread with no added fat. It was delicious! I also used it to top whole wheat pasta (no pic).. I am going to make it one more time and measure so I can get the new and revised low fat version out to my testers!
In the theme of utilizing my pantry ingrendients, I made some seitan pepperoni... and steamed it based on the awesome Julie recipe. I am planning on making her sausages as written one of these days.. I just need to get to the health food store for some spices first as I want to do it exactly as writen.
I used the "seitanroni" to top this pizza.. it also had sauted mushrooms, onions and peppers and was topped with soft tofu/cashew cheez...
Lately I've been enjoying plain popcorn... I don't even use oil, just a quick spray of olive oil... 3 T of the dry corn equals around 4 cups popped for 130 calories.. and it's really good. I used to hate popcorn, but I think I really hated the chemicals, salt and fat in the commercial stuff. I don't have a microwave, so everything has to be made from scratch... which is a VERY good thing.

Last but not least... my sweet baby. She is sleeping at momma's house tonight!! We have gone for 2 walks at the beach... and it's just awesome. I love it when she spends the night.


  1. Mmm. I love using quinoa in my chilis. It's so versatile, and tasty!

    Popcorn is such a great snack. I never ever used to get it at movie theatres, I would just pop some plain popcorn in a lunchbag and eat it as is. I don't see the appeal in putting butter or margarine on it.

  2. The pizza is making my mouth water. The crust looks exactly how I like it!

  3. I love how you're utilizing your pantry. I've always assumed you have to pop corn in oil or it would burn. Movie popcorn is vegan but so unhealthy but I still love it. I'm not sure I could eat popcorn without Earth Balance drizzled over the top of it but I know it's so much more healthy without it.

    I love the look on your dog's face. It's so sweet.

  4. I love the last picture! She's sooooo cute. Everything looks amazing as usual. Especially the pizza!

  5. Wow, thanks for the chili recipe. With our kitchen out of commission, I've been making one pot meals, and that looks like it might be dinner tomorrow night. Yum!

    Everything looks delish (especially that tofu spread), and I love the idea of making seitanroni. Your recipes are always inspiring Melody!

  6. P.S. Your dog is adorable wrapped up in that blanket!

  7. Mmm, I love that chili. I need to make more soon, I just restocked on black beans.

    That pizza looks so seriously good! I need to get a better pizza dough recipe. The one I use is quick and very easy but the texture isn't what I prefer. I plan on working on a caramelized onion sauce for pizza, a la the Trader Joe roasted vegetable pizza.

    *head scratches* for Jorda :)

  8. Wow Melody, that quinoa chili sounds awesome.

    ANd oh I wish you had remember the ingredients for your muffins as well so you could share it with us! I lov your son's idea of slathering on pb&j.

    Oh and your dog is such a sweetie all wrapped up :-)

  9. mm...all that, as usual, looks lovely.

    and your puppy is, as usual, darling. :)

  10. mmm, quinoa chili - looks fabulous!! as do the muffins, pizza and, well, everything, as usual!!

    your dog becomes more and more adorable every time you post a picture of her - so precious!! :0)

  11. I have always liked popcorn, but I started loving it when I began making it much like you, but with a bit of extra oil.

    And I am amazed that you can just throw together muffins and have them turn out - I can do that with some things, but not muffins. Maybe one day :)

  12. Your chili looks fantastic - nice and chunky the way I love it. And I can't wait to make Julie's sausages. I haven't quite decided how I want to incorporate them into a meal.

    I hope you'll post a treat recipe using stevia. I need to get back into using it again for baking. Maple syrup gets so expensive....

  13. I love your pup!

    And, like you, I have no microwave and I pretty much love it. Sure, it takes a tiny bit more effort to make popcorn, but it's so much better than the microwave garbage!!

    And peanut butter and jam on a muffin with soy milk sounds like a good breakfast to me :)

  14. I can't wait for the lower fat cream cheese recipe! Yum!

    Everything looks great, and your dog is adorable!


  15. What spices did you use to turn Julie's sausages into pepperoni? I may have to try that next, though the originals are indeed amazing!

    The pizza photo is making me crazy hungry!

  16. Your baby is beautiful. We are the proud owner of a Pit Bull as well. They are the best.


  17. cranberry apple sauce sounds so good.

  18. your meals are always so colorful! i can't decide which dish i want the most :)

    i agree with you on the popcorn. it's one of my favorite snacks...

    and awww doggie