Bean and Quinoa Chilli

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Vegan bean and quinoa chill


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait.” Paulo Coelho

It has been a long pause on the blog. Off late that seems to be norm than the occasional break. Since many of you asked what was going on, I thought I will do something that I have never done before – share what’s going on in life with all of you through my blog.  In addition to  having many many blessed days with a lot of laughter and sunshine, we have had a few days that took a lot of faith and courage to go through.

We met with an accident involving multiple automobiles and icy roads in the spring of 2013. Thankfully there were only minor injuries to people, major injuries to cars. Technology makes it possible to get out of an accident that totals your car and you leave with just your wits injured. Got to be thankful for that.

In the early summer a couple of weeks later, someone decided to not stop at the traffic lights. I have no idea why I decided to stop at the traffic signal that clearly was RED. So the lady ended up rear ending my car. You would think I would have learned my lesson and just ran the lights.. oh no.. I had to stop at the red light so she could just run into me!

Now here is the interesting part- this was the accident that actually left me injured and not the multi-car all over the news, interstate blocking one. Hmm! Interesting. So anyhow, I am still nursing the injured rib from this accident and apparently they sometimes take more than a few months to heal. It’s been a long road to healing but I am on it.

Soon after this, a very dear and close friend was diagnosed with Cancer. The words that shatter you from inside had been spoken. It was just two years ago that my Dad had fought a battle with Cancer. He did it with dignity and much courage. He beat the devil. My friend battled it too – with a lot of Courage, dignity and grace. And she beat it too. It changed her for ever, it changed me for ever.

The countless talks we had were always about how to beat it and never ever about “why me”. They were always about “what next”. Being around her and seeing her deal with the system and disease made me realize I had more growing up to do & more gratitude to show.

And then in early fall there was the case of the husband getting very ill suddenly one night and scaring the daylights and all lights out of me. And the subsequent surgeries on his jaw, the testing and retesting for tumors and all that medical jazz. We got through it. With a lot of faith and a lot of courage.


We had faith, we fought and we live on.


“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” Khalil Gibran


I hope you will keep my family and friends in prayers. Prayers of Faith, Hope, Grace and Warmth. I am sending the same prayers your way – I pray you keep faith, have hope, are blessed with grace and tender warm love.

Vegan bean chilli


I also have this really quick, delicious and healing bean and quinoa chilli recipe for you to try. Gather your friends and Family by the fire place and eat this comforting vegan chilli .

Stay Blessed !


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Bean and Quinoa Chilli

Servings 6 -8


  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can navy beans
  • 1 C quinoa
  • 2 C flame roasted green chili or any brand you like
  • 4 C vegetable stock
  • 2 C water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 black peppers crushed
  • 1 clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbs chopped cilantro
  • olive oil to finish
  • Chopped - kale tomatoes, avocado and other toppings (optional)


  1. Drain and rinse the beans
  2. Rinse the quinoa
  3. Put the beans in a large pot along with the quinoa, vegetable stock, water and the rest of the ingredients
  4. Bring it to a rolling boil, then lower the heat and cover and cook for 30 minutes
  5. Check for consistency. If you like the chilli a little thicker, then let it cook uncovered for a few more minutes.
  6. Remove the bay leaf.
  7. Mix in the kale or any other toppings and add a little olive oil if you like and eat up.

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      It is Amazing, John. How well the quinoa works in a chilli. I will surely look up your recipe for the chilli so I can have one more recipe in my repertoire.

  2. Hopefully, the rough times are behind you Ansh and things will get better for you, your friend and your family in the coming year as you have emerged stronger and wiser through all of this. Take care!

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  3. I really appreciate you sharing all of that Ansh. I really had no idea, except for a couple of comments I’ve seen eluding to an accident. The Khalil Gibran quote is a perfect end to the post, as is this comforting soup. Hugs and here’s to a much better 2014.

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  4. Oh Ansh I’m sooo sorry to hear all about this. I wish we lived closer so that I can sweep you away and escape it all with a cocktail and some laughs and a big hug. Hoping we can get together once the holidays are over. Let’s plan lunch in January. Take care of yourself and know I’m thinking and praying for you and your familia.

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  5. Hey Ansh…. So sorry to hear about ur accident twice in a year n ur injuries on top of that about stress n worry over ur hubby’s illness…. Hugs n healthy wishes for u all…. Hope ur friend is recovering well….. U n ur family are in our thoughts n prayers…..Wishing u a new year full of happiness , good health ….. Have a speedy n complete recovery dear

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  6. Ansh, thank you for the reminder of an “attitude of gratitude”. You are an example of living that attitude and I hope to keep it fresh on my mind too. All the best to you and let’s hope that 2014 is a year with a bright beginning for you! Hope to see you soon, Holly

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  7. You have really been through it in the past year my friend. I so hope that 2014 will be a better year for you. Your soup looks so warm and comforting. Great recipe.

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      Thank you, Karen. I am hoping for it too. I hope you try the recipe and let me know your comments. It will mean a lot coming from you!

  8. So sorry to read about your struggles all this year. I feel even more sorry for not being in touch. Please take care. If there is anything I can do to make you feel better please let me know. I am so sorry. Hugs! You all will be in my prayers and I wish you and yours lots of happiness in the coming year.

    Thanks for the chili recipe. I am going to make some really soon.

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  9. Looks like you had a tough year too. I am so happy to hear you are recoverying from the second accident you had and also happy to hear you friend is doing good. Your friend is lucky to have you had a friend. I would have been very happy if i had a friend like you. The vegg chilli looks so good.

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      I know you have been though a lot this year, Finla. It is from friends like you I learn the grace and gratitude. I am happy you are my friend even though we have never met.

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