Savor The Thyme – Quinoa Chili

by zesty on September 29, 2009 · 12 comments

My name is Jennifer Leal and I am the chief mom operator of Savor the Thyme.   I am a stay-at-home mom with two children, ages 3 and 5. I obtained a Master’s of Science in Immunology and worked for a large pharmaceutical company prior to starting my family.

This blog focuses on family-friendly healthy food and lifestyle. I believe in feeding your family in a healthy way and to me that means eating ‘real’ foods. These are foods that are free of artificial flavorings, preservatives and flavorings. This also means that yes, we use real butter and if we are going to have sugar, it is sugar. We also believe it using with fresh, seasonal, and sustainably grown foods. I believe in preparing meals and snacks for my family in a quick and affordable way. I would say that we have a healthy diet 85-90% of the time, and the rest, I roll with the punches. We try to incorporate organic foods when and where possible but always do our best to avoid the ‘fake stuff’.

I believe in a healthy lifestyle and family: To us that includes being healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It includes great times with friends, life experiences and lots of hugging and laughing.

How did I come to believe in living this way? From the time I was a young girl, I witnessed the deaths of family members due to cancer, heart attacks, strokes and obesity related illness and even so much sadness from depression. Although, I cannot prove or say that many of the diseases/deaths in my family were caused by what they ate, it made me determined to raise myself and our children to respect their bodies through exercise and food. It also reminded me to enjoy the simple things in life and my children remind me of that every day.


Although I am not one to feel that I need to sneak foods into food, I do what I can to add extra nutrition to my meals and one way I do that is with my Quinoa Chili.  In fact, I made this recipe last week and this time, I tossed uncooked quinoa right into the pot with and added an extra cup of water.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 can organic dark red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can organic black beans, undrained
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 28 oz. can organic no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • Cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in Dutch oven/large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and peppers and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat to medium, add the garlic and the next 4 ingredients and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Turn heat to high and add the remainder of the ingredients, allowing to come to a boil, stirring frequently.
  5. Finally, lower the heat and simmer for the next 2-3 hours, continuing to stir and taste to adjust seasoning periodically.
  6. If you do not want your chili a bit thinner, be sure to add more water as it simmers and is absorbed by the quinoa.
  7. chili

  8. ENJOY!!

Thanks so much Jennifer for a great post and a great recipe.  I hope everything goes well today.  I made it to California and the weather is great!  Too bad I have to work.  Have a great day.

Take care


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

Wow that is an excellent idea. I bet the added texture is great, too. Definitely gonna try this when I make chili next – which will be soon since it is getting cold!!


2 VeggieGirl

Love your blog, Jennifer, so I’m SUPER excited to see this guest post and hearty chili recipe!! Thank you for sharing! :)


3 Lisa

Great job Jen! Love healthy chili.


4 Jennifer (Savor)

Hi ‘Zesty’. I am honored to be here while you are focusing on your house–a goreous looking one at that!!!


5 Julie @savvyeats

This looks delicious, I’m going to have to try it!


6 BroccoliHut

This looks so fantastic! I showed my roommate because I thought it looked so good…then I saved it to my computer recipe file:)


7 Whitney @ Lettuce Love

That looks great, Jen. I am all for meatless chili. I printed your recipe to try this fall. Your blog is wonderful too!


8 Amari

Jennifer, this chili looks wonderful! It has me craving chili for dinner tonight, especially with the weather getting colder! Great post!


9 Shelby

I loooove chili!


10 J@ Whole Body Love

You have such a down-to-earth approach to cooking and feeding your family. It’s so important for us to provide our kids with meals made of REAL food. We tend to eat chilli fairly often during the cooler months and this recipe will be a fresh new way for me to make chilli.



This looks like such a healthy and hearty dish. Thanks for sharing!


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