So happy this week is almost over! I’ve been on call for work and getting a lot of night calls this week and I’m feeling the lack of sleep. But enough whining, every once in awhile I get a thank you gift at work from co-workers happy to have working computers. Today I got one perfectly tailored to me.
Apparently the word is getting around that I’m a healthy eater. :-) And she was so sweet when she delivered it saying she was thinking about cookies, but thought that wouldn’t be a great idea with so much junk food everywhere during the holidays. Another co-worker knows to bribe me with fresh fruit from the cafeteria when he wants something done fast while he usually gets chocolate doughnuts for my neighbor. Anyway, this was a pretty big carrot snack pack for only 25 calories. But, I would rather buy a 10 lb. bag of organic whole carrots for $5 at Costco and chop them myself before paying a premium for these individually wrapped snack packs.
The plate arrangement is lacking, but I was running late to lunch and starved basically just heaving food onto the plate. :-P Those noodles are okay, but I prefer the texture and flavors of Pasta Slim noodles. They’re also cheaper at Whole Foods.
For dinner, I wanted something hot and comforting, but quick enough for a week night. I was thinking a bean soup, but ended up with an awesome quinoa chili after about 40 minutes of kitchen experimenting.
Lentil Quinoa Chili
In a large soup pot, caramelize a chopped onion and 2 minced cloves of garlic in 2 tbsp. of olive oil.
In a high speed blender, puree:
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 4 cups of water
Pour mixture into into the soup pot.
- 1/2 cup of Quinoa
- 1/2 cup of dried green lentils
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 16 oz. package of frozen corn
- 2 medium zucchinis, chopped
Bring to a boil, then simmer the mixture over medium heat for 30 minutes.
Enjoy! Makes 6 servings, or 4 large servings.
This is my first recipe cooking with nutritional yeast and it added rice, creaminess to the chili. You can have fun adding whatever veggies you like to the simmering pot, I used what I had and I need to go shopping this weekend. :-)
But now a DVR’d new episode of Big Bang Theory and maybe a glass of wine is calling me.