“ When you want a no fuss type of recipe, this black bean and quinoa stew is hearty, healthy, spicy and delicious. Toss everything into the crockpot and forget about it until you're ready to eat. Alex, Recipe Hunter ”
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- Chile Powder
- Cinnamon Stick
- Coriander Powder
- Dried Black Beans
- Dried Chipotle Peppers
- Green Bell Pepper
- Green Onion
- Lime Wedges
- Red Onion
Having one of those busy weekends when you just can’t find enough time to cook? Looking for a no-fuss meal that will fill up the entire family? This crockpot stew is one of those “set it and forget it” meals where you can toss everything in, set a timer, and go about your business for the day. Beth uses black beans and quinoa for plenty of hearty, filling protein and dried chipotle chiles which release their smoky heat into the stew as it cooks. If you want to sauté the vegetables before adding it to the pot, go ahead, but Beth likes to keep things simple and just adds everything in raw. The special ingredient that we love is a stick of cinnamon which adds a savory depth and spicy sweetness to make the stew special. Start this before you head to work in the morning and return home to a hearty, healthy, and delicious meal.
“ I love creating gluten-free, dairy-free yummies that celebrate what is fresh and in season now. My mission is to make food that makes people smile, no matter what their dietary restrictions are (or are not). ”
Beth is a Buffalo, NY based food blogger, illustrator, and print maker. In addition to documenting her cooking and baking adventures on Tasty Yummies, she’s also one half of the husband and wife design duo behind Hero Design Studio (check out their prints, they rock). What we love about her cooking style is that she’s adopted a philosophy of being a “conscientious omnivore” who focuses on using ingredients that are local, whole, and healthful – the type of food that makes your body feel good. Her recipes are mostly gluten-free and dairy-free by nature but they’re so creative and delicious that you won’t know the difference!
We often associate cinnamon with baked goods, desserts, and sweet dishes because it adds a warm sweet spice. But, it turns out that it’s also absolutely delicious in savory recipes as well. Taking a cue from Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, here’s a trick we use to add an extra depth of flavor to our dishes:
When making soups, stews, or chilis, add a cinnamon stick to the pot. As the dish cooks, the cinnamon flavor will slowly release, adding a subtle warm spice that will give your stew a unique depth of flavor.
We especially love using cinnamon in recipes that also call for chile powder, cumin, and coriander. The flavors complement each other well, giving your dish several layers of flavor.
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