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Whole Grains for Busy People: Fast, Flavor-Packed Meals and More for Everyone by Lorna Sass, includes recipes like Hominy and Kidney Bean Chili; Torticotti; and Quinoa Paella with Chicken and Chorizo.

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Hominy and Kidney Bean Chili

Serves 4 to 6

Hominy and Kidney Bean Chili


It takes a few hours to cook dried hominy from scratch, but ready-to-eat chewy nuggets of this large-kernel field corn are readily available in cans, usually in the Latin section of supermarkets.

Combine the hominy,with mahogany kidney beans to make a hearty, protein-rich, vegetarian stew. Diced tomatoes brighten the mix, and chunks of zucchini cooked tender-crisp make a good counterpart to the mellow beans and hominy. Serve the chili with Southwestern Mini Loaves (page 169 of the book), if you like.

Speed Tip: Using canned diced tomatoes with chiles included saves you the trouble of buying and preparing fresh chilies.

In a heavy 4-quart Dutch oven, heat the oil. Stir in the onion and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, garlic, and cinnamon, and cook for another minute. Stir in the oregano.

Add the tomatoes, hominy, beans, and zucchini.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, and additional chili powder, if needed. Bring to a boil. (over, reduce the heat, and simmer until the zucchini is tender but still firm, 8 to 12 minutes.

Stir in the roasted red pepper and cilantro just before serving. Ladle into soup bowls and accompany with bowls of lime wedges and grated cheese.

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