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Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili

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  • 1/4 cup (or 4 Tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
  • 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 7 ounce jar of tomato paste
  • 32 fluid ounces of vegetable stock, low sodium
  • 1 red onion, chopped (large or fine, your preference)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin, more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp basil (or oregano, whichever you prefer)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut to bite size
  • 2 cups of frozen peas
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 avocado, sliced



Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss sweet potato pieces in olive oil and 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Place in a glass casserole dish. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Toss sweet potatoes half-way through. Sweet potatoes are ready when a knife easy cuts a piece in half.

Step 2

Prepare water to boil peas and steam for 3-5 minutes covered.

Step 3

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and turn lightly brown (approximately 10 minutes). Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, cumin, cinnamon, and oregano. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add chickpeas and vegetable stock, season with pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. Add quinoa and cook for 20 minutes uncovered. Stir frequently.

Step 4

Add prepared sweet potato pieces and peas, stir well. Cook uncovered for an additional 10+ minutes until the chili reaches the thickness you desire. If you find the chili is too thick, simply add water.

Step 5

Serve in large bowl with sliced avocados on top. Cheese and crackers complete the meal.

Chef's Note: With 6 servings, it is the perfect make-ahead meal to last all week long. A vegan recipe. Use all organic ingredients, and serve with your favorite cheese and crackers. Refrigerates and freezes beautifully for leftovers!

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VIDEO: Sweet Potato Toast

Did you know you can toast sweet potato slices... and it's absolutely delicious!


  1. Slice an avocado in half.
  2. In a bowl, combine avocado with half an onion (diced) and coriander. 
  3. Add the juice from half a lemon and some salt, and mix.
  4. Cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch slices.
  5. Place in a toaster, making sure to toast both sides. 
  6. Spread the avocado mix onto the toast. Enjoy!

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