Tuesday, April 10, 2012

BBQ Quinoa Chili

In my fridge today, I found a couple things that I didn't know what to do with:  cooked ground beef with diced tomatoes and a failed quinoa and black bean dish.  I didn't want to eat either of them on their own because, in all honesty, neither were that good.  So I dug through cookbooks and pulled different ingredients and ideas that I thought would make a great meal....the result BBQ Quinoa Chili.  It was super tasty.  The recipe below shows how I would make it next time....this attempt was trial and error, but it turned out just right!

BBQ Quinoa Chili

1 Tbsp olive oil  
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 onion, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes  
1 pound ground beef  
1 Tbsp canned green chilies
1 Tbsp ground cumin  
1 can black beans  
1 tsp table salt  
1 tsp black pepper  
1/2 cup fat free salsa  
1/4 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Rasberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese  
1 cup(s) uncooked quinoa  

Cook quinoa according to package and set aside.  In large pot, coat with olive oil.  On med-high, cook garlic and onions until garlic is browned.  Brown ground beef, drain off liquid.  Add diced tomatoes, green chilies, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Once heated through, add quinoa, black beans, salsa, and BBQ sauce.  Serve in bowls, sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Serves 6, 9 points a serving.

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