Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili

Contributed by Stephanie Devine, MS, RDN

Roasted bell pepper gives this meatless dish a delightful boost.   It’s packed full of fiber and flavor with the Spanish smoked paprika, quinoa and pinto beans.

Serves 4

2 red bell peppers

2 poblano chiles

4 teaspoons olive oil

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3 cups chopped zucchini

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

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4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with chipotles, undrained

1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup low-sodium vegetable juice

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell peppers and chiles in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add zucchini, onion, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and paprika; sauté for 30 seconds. Add roasted peppers and chiles, 1/2 cup water, and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

Nutrition Information:  Serving size: 1.5 cups; Calories 258: Fat 6.3g; Saturated fat 0.9g; Sodium 430mg; Carbohydrate 42g; Fiber 9.8g; Protein 9.7g

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