Hearty Quinoa Mac and Chili


Two foods we have all come to love >> macaroni and cheese, and good ole’ Texas chili. So, why not combine these two amazing dishes to make a muscle-building meal and a family favorite?
The good thing about chili is that nearly everyone has their own way of making it. So, it’s an easy meal to customize to complement your healthy diet and fitness goals. And this version is packed with quality, lean protein and complex carbohydrates.

Ingredients for at least 5 servings:

• 24oz (1.5lb) 99% lean ground beef
• 8oz uncooked quinoa macaroni shells (or whole wheat macaroni)
• 1 tablespoon garlic (minced or paste)
• 3/4 cup chopped red onion
• 2 diced Roma tomatoes
• 15oz canned black beans (low sodium)
• 4 cups low sodium chicken broth


• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• Sea salt & pepper to taste
• Garnish
• avocado slices
• cheddar (reduced fat)
• chopped cilantro or parsley

Video Tutorial:


1. Set a large skillet on medium high heat and spray with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Once the skillet is hot, sauté red onion with garlic. Cook the chopped onions until they turn brown and become translucent.

2. Toss in the ground meat, and chop and stir the meat until it is nearly 90% cooked. There may be a little pink to the meat, but the vast majority of the ground meat will be brown, signifying it is cooked.

3. Then toss in tomatoes, black beans, seasonings and chicken broth. Mix together using a spatula, then bring the mixture to a boil.

4. Once boiling, toss in uncooked quinoa macaroni shells. Mix together, then cover and cook the mixture for about 12-15 minutes or until the macaroni has cooked completely.

5. Remove the skillet from the heat, season to taste with sea salt and pepper, and then serve immediately. If you are making this in bulk for your weekly meals, store no more than 3 days worth in the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Defrost the food in the refrigerator the night before you are going to eat it.
Remember to customize this recipe to compliment your diet and fitness goals.

Approximate macros for 1 of 5 servings:

417 calories, 43g protein, 56g carbs, 3g fat, 10g fiber, 3g sugar

About the Author

photo 1 (1)Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.

He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.

The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”

Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!

Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?

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