Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Crock-Pot Stew
Serves 6-8 (This Recipe is Provided by Tasty Yummies)
• 1-2 dried chipotle peppers
• 1lb of dried organic black beans, rinsed and picked over, soaked overnight
• 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and picked over
• 1 28-ounce can organic diced tomatoes
• 1 red onion, diced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 1 dried cinnamon stick
• 2 teaspoons chile powder
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
• 7 cups water
• sea salt and pepper, to taste
Load all of the ingredients, except the salt, into your slow-cooker, stir to combine. If you wish to saute the onion, garlic, and bell pepper first, you can, but I like to make crock-pot cooking as simple and quick as possible. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours, until the black beans are tender. The time to cook the beans can vary based on the strength of your slow cooker and also the freshness of your beans. Add the salt at the very end, as it will affect how the beans cook if you add it at the beginning. Remove the chipotles (if you don’t want a mouthful of a whole spicy pepper) and the cinnamon stick before serving. Ladle into bowls and serve topped with fresh cilantro, green onions, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, diced avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, tortilla chips, etc.
Curried Lentil & Potato Stew
Serves 4 (This Recipe is Provided by The Honour System)
• 1/3 cup lentils
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1/4 cup each finely chopped onion, carrot, and celery
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1-2 tbsp. curry powder
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1/2 tsp ground mustard
• 1/2 tsp ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp ground coriander
• 1/4-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
• 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
• 1 large tomato, chopped
• 4-6 cups broth
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
Rinse and drain lentils and set aside.
Warm the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add the onion, celery, and carrots. Season liberally with sea salt & pepper.
Stir occasionally and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
Add in the spices and stir for another minute.
Add the lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, and stir again. Cover everything with the broth and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve warm.
Serves 4(Recipe Provided By Healthier Steps)
• 1 cup chickpeas , dry or two-15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained)
• 1 tbsp olive oil , (1/4 cup water)
• 1 medium onion , minced
• 2 cloves garlic , minced
• 1/4 cup red bell pepper , chopped
• 1 medium tomato , chopped
• 1 carrot , diced
• 1 tsp dried parsley
• 1/2 tsp dried basil
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 2 cups liquid from boiled chickpeas or water
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 tsp cayenne , pepper
If you are using dried chickpeas, sort, wash and soak them overnight. The next day, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Cover with water about 2 inches above chickpeas and bring to boil on medium heat. Lower heat to simmer and cook until tender, about 1 hour. Drain chickpeas and reserve 2 cups of liquid, set aside. If using canned chickpeas, start at step 5. Heat oil or water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds stirring. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, parsley, basil, and oregano. Add tomato paste and water, cover and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until thickened. Mash some of the chickpeas, with the back of a fork to thicken the stew. Check seasoning with extra salt and pepper. It’s delicious served over brown rice also!
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