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THE RECIPE

Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Crockpot Stew

A hearty, healthy, no-fuss stew

Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Crockpot Stew

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.

THE CHEF

Beth Manos Brickey

Food Blogger, Designer, Illustrator, Printmaker, Yogi

Beth Manos Brickey from Tasty Yummies

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!

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THE TIP

The Secret Ingredient for Soups, Stews, and Chilis: Cinnamon

When making soups, stews, and chilis, add a stick of cinnamon to the pot to give your dish a unique depth of flavor.

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