I have a confession to make about football.
Well maybe it’s not quite that extreme, I do enjoy games a little bit sometimes. Still the Superbowl is sort of like this for me.
Because I work with a lot of football crazy co-workers and listen to some passionate and angry debates about this player’s performance, bad calls, and plays where I’m fearing I need to evacuate before an all out brawl starts. Where it seems like their worlds have come crashing down around them because their team didn’t win. It’s that obsession I can’t understand. Maybe if they have money on the games, then okay. Shadow seems to agree because this is what he’s been doing most of the weekend.
I can get excited about spending time with family for the big game, watching cool commercials, and making good food though. Like this simple quinoa lentil chili. My sister and I have been combing through vegan chili recipes to try for today and I’ve found a lot of them are a pain in the rear with excessively long ingredients lists requiring an expensive trip to the grocery store. That’s not my idea of relaxing or fun on a weekend especially when I might be a little tired from a long training run. This recipe contains basic ingredients that most people probably already have on hand and cooks quickly stove top while using no added oil.
Simple Quinoa Chili
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup green lentils, rinsed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. cumin
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. oregano
- dash of cayenne (optional to taste)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 cups of water
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 30 minutes, until loose liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Serve and enjoy. Makes 4 servings.
The ingredients are fast to add to the pot and start to look like chili pretty quickly.
It has a nice savory and tangy kick with a little heat from the chili powder, garlic, and cayenne while being very filling.
Leftovers can easily keep in the fridge for up to 5 days for simple work meals and even freeze for months.
Now go enjoy time with friends and family for the big game. :-)