FB Foodie Friday – Veggie Chili

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Quinoa in Chili??

So, I asked my fabulous friend Susan to share with me another great meal for four for under $15 and she sent me this recipe. I have known Susan for over 20 years, so I know she has great taste; however, I have to be honest that I was really skeptical about this one. I love quinoa as much as the next person, but I just couldn’t imagine putting it in my chili. And FB Hubby REALLY did not want to try this. So, before I could post it here and give it the FB thumbs up, I made it for the family, and I have to say, it was delicious! We used pinto and navy beans because that is all we had on hand. So here is what Susan had to say.

FB Veggie Chili

People are pretty particular about chili.  I am no exception.  I enjoy when it is spicy but not too spicy, smoky, and the texture has to be thick and hearty.  This is a tall order for a vegetarian chili, but I’ve discovered the secret! Quinoa. Yes, I know it’s everywhere, but it’s for a good reason.  Quinoa is very high in protein and fiber, gluten free and easy to cook.  In this dish, it absorbs some of the liquid from the veggies making it more satisfying and boosts the health content. This dish can be cooked for a long time if you need to start and stop like I did when my son had an evening birthday party to attend.  It also is fantastic the next day, as a great chili should be!

Here is the cost breakdown: 

29 ounce can diced tomatoes (preferably fire roasted) 2.00

1 medium onion, diced 0.75

1 bell pepper, chopped 1.00

1-3 cloves garlic, minced 0.75

2,16 ounce can kidney, pinto, or black beans (or a combo of them) 2.00

¾ c frozen corn kernels (can also be fire roasted) 2.00

1 c dry quinoa 5.00

1 or 2 chilies from a can of chilies in adobo, chopped  1.19

Total = $13.94

Here is a link to the recipe!

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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