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Three Bean Corn and Quinoa Vegan Chili

Despite having an amazing chili recipe on the blog already, I wanted to add another. I like variety, I like change and I like black beans and corn with a passion. Well, maybe not that much, but I definitely love the combo of black beans and corn together! I decided to wing it with this version of vegan chili, and use my other chili recipe as the base. If you follow me on Instagram, you got to see me “mess up live” in IG stories when I put the quinoa in last. It ended up taking FOREVER to finish cooking, so please follow the recipe below and get those suckers in there right away with the tomatoes!

three bean vegan chili

Three Bean Corn and Quinoa Vegan Chili
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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Three Bean Corn and Quinoa Vegan Chili



1/2 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. basil

1 tbsp. oregano

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1 tea. black pepper

1/4 tea. cayenne pepper

1/4 tea. sea salt

Main ingredients:

2-3 med. onions, chopped

3-5 cloves garlic, pressed

3 – 26.46 oz. containers of strained (1) and chopped (2) Pomi tomatoes

1 c. quinoa, NOT cooked

1 pint assorted mini sweet peppers (yellow, red and orange)

1 – 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans drained

1 - 15 oz. can great northern beans

1 - 15 oz. can black beans

1 - 16 oz. bag frozen organic corn

vegenaise (for topping, optional)

cholula (for topping, optional)

gluten-free crackers (for dipping, optional)


    1. Prepare all the spices in a small dish and set aside.

    2. Chop onions into small pieces, and place in a heated stock pot with about 2 tablespoons of water.

    3. Let them simmer and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until transparent.

    4. Add crushed fresh garlic and all the spices; stir.

    5. Pour in all the tomatoes. Stir well to combine.

    6. Add dry quinoa and stir well. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the beans and peppers.

    7. Chop and remove seeds from sweet peppers and set aside.

    8. Rinse and drain all the beans.

    9. Once the quinoa has cooked for 10-15 minutes, add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

    10 Serve with gluten-free crackers, top with a little veganaise and/or cholula and enjoy!

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As many of you know already, I’m a big proponent of “eating the rainbow” so it was really fun to make a more colorful chili.

three_bean vegan chili corn

I was so hungry by the time this batch of vegan chili was done, that I ate 3 bowls. No shame in my game. All the ingredients are super good for you! I added a little vegenaise and cholula to my first bowl and it was amazing. Having that extra fat in the dish kicked it up a notch! By the way, that is my new favorite combo – vegenaise and cholula. I use it to top salads, sandwiches and we just used it today for riced cauliflower and put it on top of our salads. That might make an appearance on the blog in the near future, I also see it as a great use for a nacho topping! ANYWAY, back to vegan chili. Besides cutting the onions and peppers, this is very hands off. So throw it all in a pot and enjoy!

three bean vegan chili

What do you love to eat your vegan chili with? (corn bread, corn chips, crackers…)

Fitness Update March 16th and One Thing You Should Never Do

No recipe post last night, and if you are subscribed to my email list or follow me on social media, you know why. It has been kinda crazy the past couple weeks in our household. As a result, this week’s fitness update is a bit lacking in the fitness department, but I will definitely still share my week, because this is real life. I have some nutrition tips for traveling, and a “don’t ever do this” moment to share.

Below are the workouts I did over the past week:

Moving day for Mr. Zucchini Runner’s mom from Seattle, WA to AZ; so lots of lifting heavy boxes, climbing stairs and walking. I walked 5.6 miles – 3 were probably related to the moving. This is the day the “don’t ever do this” moment occurred, but we’ll get to that soon.

Rest Day – on the road with the moving truck loaded down and her car in tow.

Rest Day #2 – final day on the road with moving truck and car in tow. I had high hopes of starting each morning in the hotels with a little 30 minute workout, but it took all I had to just get out of bed. Moving is hard. Moving is exhausting.

Boom. Another rest day! I was EXHAUSTED. Also had our chiropractic visit this day; much needed.

3 mile trail run, felt amazing.

5 mile road run, with the second half at a quicker pace.

4 mile road run, nice and easy pace + amazing massage from my LMT, Barb

running 4 miles

If you’ve missed any of the previous Fitness Updates, and are interested in the pattern (or lack thereof) here you go!

March 9th

March 2nd (Mesa-Phoenix Half Marathon Race Recap)

Feb. 23rd

Feb. 16th

Feb. 9th

Feb. 2nd

Jan. 25th

Nutrition Talk

Considering I was on the road for 3 of the above 7 days — I think I did pretty well with my food. As you saw with last week’s post, I was able to find a green juice and salad in the LAX airport. Over the years I’ve learned that when traveling, especially stressful traveling, I need to keep my nutrition on point the best I can. Because no matter what I do, it won’t be as good as what I cook at home – in terms of nutritional value.

fresh produce natural grocers boise idaho

I snapped the whole road trip via Snapchat. 🙂 I was a little relieved to say the least when we found a Natural Grocers in Boise, ID.

If I don’t eat well while traveling, there’s a 50% chance I will get sick. So finding a Natural Grocers in Boise, ID was a little slice of heaven for me.

grocery haul natural grocers

The grocery haul for the remainder of our trip to AZ.

It’s not all amazing food, but FAR better than what the gas stations had offered us so far.

Below is a snapshot of yesterday and today’s journal entries for my Be Well Fitness log. I kept on track during the trip, once we got on the road. There wasn’t much else to do but eat and stare at the scenery.

be well fitness log

Fun Fact

In the image below, you can see my resting heart rate (blue) and high/active heart rate (red). You can see a direct connection between sitting and doing nothing all day on the road (circled in yellow) and actually getting back home and working out again, last three dots. So even though I was not working out, my resting heart rate was actually higher. Kind of a no brainer that exercise is directly connected to heart health. Just further proof to keep moving. <3

heart rate daily

Lastly, don’t ever do this.

Don’t ever ever ever stand over a tow dolly as someone is driving a vehicle onto it. Even if you think it is secure, and you’ve checked it 10 times. Don’t put yourself in that position – literally. We learned this the hard way on Friday. It was a dumb move on my part, especially given the fear-laden, “what if…” personality I have.

As I was straddled over the beam, I thought, “I shouldn’t be doing this.” No sooner than 30 seconds later, and that beam unhooked from the tow hitch, due to the weight of the car, and swiftly lifted me up in the air – teeter-totter style, and I fell to the ground screaming in pain and fear.

Not a moment I want to relive or have anyone experience… ever.

The good news is, no broken bones. It hit my inner thigh first, so I have a beautiful purple bruise and a nice little complimentary red scrape. It tore a hole in my FAVORITE pants, but I already repaired them. 🙂 {looks down} I’m actually wearing them now! hahahaha So yeah, DON’T EVER DO THIS. Not a great way to start a 1,400 mile road trip that will take you 27 hours.

Until next week!

Sleep hard.
Get moving.
Trust Your Gut.