Halloween

Wow, the last day of October already. Now if the next 4 months would speed along and Spring can make a quick return I’d be happy. I despise the slow, dreary months of Winter. What I do like about Fall and Winter is all the yummy comfort food that are just too warm and heavy for Summer meals. I made one of those meals last night. It’s one of my favorite Pinterest found recipes: http://www.milkfreemom.com/vegan-quinoa-sweet-potato-chili/

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It’s so tasty and easy to make! Pretty quick for a weeknight dinner as well. Saute an onion in olive oil for a few minutes, add garlic, saute a couple of minutes more. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Mix together.

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Then add vegetable stock, black beans, sweet potatoes and bring to a boil. This is my favorite part. I love black beans and sweet potatoes. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they go together. I’m basically willing to try anything with black beans in it. Plus I’m always trying to find ways to get more sweet potatoes in my diet. This is a great time of year to buy them too. They always go on sale for the holidays. Stock up!

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Add the quinoa last and let it simmer 15 – 30 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and potatoes are tender. When I first made this I was curious how the quinoa would be in a chili. It gives it a nice texture. If your grocery store sells quinoa in bulk stock up on it. Most of the time when I try to buy it the bins are empty. And it’s not surprising with the price difference! I had to buy a package of it last time because I needed it that day and didn’t have time to stop anywhere else. It cost six times more packaged than in bulk! If you can find it in bulk it’s a great source of fiber and protein that is rather affordable.

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So delicious and perfect for Meatless Monday.

With a new month starting tomorrow it’s time to plan a monthly goal. I’ve decided to give up booze for November. Except for Thanksgiving. Can’t have a holiday meal with no wine! I figure December will be filled with enough booze that I won’t even miss it and I can do a bit of a detox.

Hope you all have a wonderful, safe Halloween!

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