Lean & Sexy Quinoa Chili

This gem is a super healthy alternative to the traditional chili many of us crave when trying to eat cleaner. It’s loaded with fiber, antioxidants, protein, vitamins, and healthy carbs, while being void of fat.

The following list of ingredients is for 8 servings. Sounds like a lot, I know, but this stuff’s so yummy that you’ll want to make more than you think you’ll want — gotta have enough to share, and still have some left over for several meals.




1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup celery, chopped
2 tomatoes, cored and diced
1 cup carrots, diced
32-ounce can of black beans
28-ounce can of tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley leaves
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt



Heat a non-stick pan, and add the quinoa. Let it toast until it’s completely dry and begins to pop. Add the 2 cups of water, cover, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and let stand about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, re-heat your non-stick pan, spray with Pam, add the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and celery. Salt lightly, and stir fry over medium heat for about 8 minutes.

Stir in the two tomatoes and the cup of carrots; cook for another 3 minutes. Add the beans, canned crushed tomatoes, and seasonings. Stir well, cover, and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes.

Add the quinoa to your chili, stir well to combine, cover and cook for additional 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls, garnish with a few sprigs of fresh parsley, dill, or green onions, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information per Serving (Recipe makes 8 )

Calories 249
Fat 0g
Carbs 43g
Fiber 12g
Protein 13g

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