I knew I had a lot of baking I wanted to do today. I also knew I wanted to make a warm hearty soup that we could possibly eat later in the week just in case Chet decides to make his grand entrance this week. Nothing says warm, hearty, and great leftovers more than Chili. There is only one problem. I don’t like ground meat (the textures grosses me out). After searching Pinterest, I found a quinoa chili recipe that was ground meat free, and I could cook it in the crock pot all day long while I baked more cookies.
Thank you Pinterest for another fantastic recipe. This one is a keeper and will our household chili recipe.
Once I decided on the recipe, I headed to the grocery store for all the ingredients. I quickly made my way through each aisle. I walked past the quinoa since I knew I had two boxes at home even though that little voice inside me told me to get a box anyways. With a full grocery cart, I got to the check out line. Guess what I forgot? My wallet. The very nice folks at Harris Teeter kept my cart for me at customer services so I could run home and get my wallet. Take two at the grocery store went much better. I was in and out with paid for groceries. As soon as I got home, I pulled out my two boxes of quinoa to cook. Both boxes were full of moths. GROSS! Thank goodness for my husband. He made the third trip to the store to buy more quinoa. I should have listened to that little voice in my head. By now I should know better than to ignore little voices.
After three trips to the store, the quinoa was cooked. I combined it with all the other ingredients in the crock pot.
1 cup of dried quinoa (cooked)
2 cans of black beans
1 can of garbanzo beans
Diced Tomatoes – 2 cans of Lime and Cilantro Rotel and 1 can of crushed tomatoes (next time I’ll use 2)
1 can of corn
2 carrots (diced and steamed)
1/2 onion (chopped)
Crushed Red Pepper
This is one of those recipes where you can use as much or as little of the ingredients as you want. I didn’t measure. I know we like our food a little spice, so I seasoned it accordingly.
I cooked it for 4 hours on high. We decided to put it over a baked potato for our dinner tonight. I topped mine with cheese. Christian topped his with cheese and sour cream.
While the crock pot was busy cooking my chili, I knocked out another batch of cookies. Vanilla Super Shooter cookies are done. These very simple, very easy cookies are my least favorite cookies to make. The super shooter never works like it should. After six dozen cookies, I was done baking for the day. Peanut Butter balls are now on the list for one day this week.
If anyone wants cookie recipes, let me know. I’ll be happy to post them or email them to you!