lentil chili with cumin, corn and green onions

I’m a sleepy girl again tonight, and trying my best to be in bed at 11pm.  Thanks for all of your feedback on how much sleep you all get…it sounds like none of us are getting enough!  Its sad that the things that are good for us – sleeping, working out, cooking – are typically the first things to slack on when we get busy with life.  But that is why there are food blogs out there, to show us all that it IS possible to lead a busy, HEALTHY lifestyle.  I’m still working on mine…!  🙂  I skipped out on my run this morning in favor of sleeping for an extra 45 minutes…these late nights are really screwing with my exercise plans! By the time I get home from work I’m too tired for anything other than yoga, so if I want to keep my running on track I’ve got to modify my schedule.  See?!? Busy = slacking on my good-for-me tasks. 

Did I tell you all that I’m signed up for a 5K this weekend?!?  I don’t think I did!  My hubb and I are running the Amnesty Valentine’s Day 5K, in the neighboring town of Crozet.  I’m super-excited…this will be my first 5k!!!  I’ve run the Charlottesville Women’s 4-miler twice, but never a 5K before. And, this race will be with my hubb, who has NEVER run a race before!  So fun.  Don’t worry, I’ll be telling you guys all about it on Saturday!  🙂  

On to some eats…I’m going to try keep it quick.

I loved my breakfast this morning, it was so simple and hearty and delicious.  And it stuck with me for a full 4 hours.  Have I mentioned how much I love the Ezekiel sprouted wheat english muffins?  Because I do, I love them SO much and could easily eat one every single day.  

Breakfast:  a toasted ezekiel muffin, 1/2 with TJ’s crunchy PB and 1/2 with sour cherry preserves.  Also, 1 cup of red grapes.

[440 cal]


Lunch:  leftover potato leek soup with kale, and a hearty oat biscuit.

[437 cal]



Afternoon Snack: 6oz 0% Fage and one AMAZING Murcott Mandarin Orange…it was like eating an orange creamsicle dessert!

[130 cal]


I planned to go for a run after work, so had my a pre-run snack at my usual 5pm time.  But, I wound up staying late at the office and got home too late for a run…I was just too beat.  And THAT is why I need to get to bed earlier…so that I can get my bootie out of bed for my morning run!  Its just so hard to stay motivated to work out at the end of the day, I’d much rather come home and get dinner going so we can start winding down.

Afternoon Snack #2:  Clif chocolate chip ZBar…my fave.  I love these little guys!

[130 cal]


Dinner tonight was quick, simple and DELICIOUS.  I found a recipe for Lentil Chili with Cumin and Green Onions in the February 2008 issue of Bon Appetit.  I planned to follow it exactly, but found that we were out of a couple of key ingredients, Chili Powder and Tomato Puree.  So instead I modified it slightly, substituting Ancho Chili Pepper, tomato sauce and tomato paste.  I also added frozen corn at the last minute and am so glad that I did. The corn cut the heat of the chili with a lovely, mild sweetness, really increasing the depth of flavors.  




Lentil Chili with Cumin, Corn and Green Onions [adapted from Bon Appetit, February 2008]

made 2 dinner servings and 1 small lunch serving

362 calories, 7.6g fat, 1.4g sat fat, 58g carbs, 18g fiber, 19g protein


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ancho chili pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cups water, plus extra
  • 1 cup dried green lentils
  • 8oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped


  1. Heat oil in large sauce pan on medium.  Add onion and saute’ for 2 minutes.  Add garlic, saute’ for 30 seconds.  Add ancho chili pepper, cumin, cayenne, and oregano, stir for 30 seconds.
  2. Add water, lentils, tomato sauce and tomato paste.  Bring mixture to a boil and drop heat to medium-low.  Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.  Add water as necessary by 1/4 cup at a time.  [I added about 1 cup total].
  3. Add frozen corn, and continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes, until lentils are soft.
  4. Stir in scallions, reserving a few for garnish.  Season to taste with salt + pepper.

We also had sauteed kale, prepared using my favorite method.


Chop kale into large bite-size pieces.  Rinse well.  Saute’ 2 garlic cloves in 2 tsp olive oil on medium heat for 1 minute.  Add drained kale, with water still clinging to leaves.  Stir, allowing the kale to wilt slightly.  Cover the saucepan and let kale steam for 2-3 minutes.  Remove lid and stir, tossing kale for about a minute.  Squeeze 1/4 of one lemon on kale, and sprinkle with sea salt.  SO GOOD.

Dinner:  lentil chili, sauteed kale and a hearty oat biscuit.

[630 cal – eek!  a little high tonight, especially since I didn’t get my planned run in…]

Alrighty, I’m off to bed, with 8 minutes to spare!  WooHoo!!!  I hope you all have a great night…get some sleep!!!  🙂


32 responses to “lentil chili with cumin, corn and green onions

  1. That lentil chili looks amazing! I was lucky and got a long run in tonight (5 miles!) since it was so nice today in Chicago (almost 60 degrees and sunny in Feb?!). Of course I didn’t get all my reading done for class tomorrow so my planned morning workout might get bumped.

    Sleep tight!

  2. Aww, I was just telling the boyfriend this morning how sad I was that I never ran the Valentine’s Day Couples 5K! I’ll have to live vicariously through your run this year. (BTW, I’ve never done a 5K either!)

    Are you running the 10-miler this year?

  3. your dinner looks delish! and i love your cute little silver prep bowls =)

  4. You are doing a great job with your healthy/busy life! The lentil chilli looks amazing. I love the presentation of the ingredients. The 5K sounds fun! You will love it. It’s short and upbeat.

  5. So are you running the 5K “with” your hubs or just starting the race together? I always have wondered how that works.

    I did not think your photography could get more beautiful, but you have upped your game even more!
    I’m not just saying this, but have you ever considered food photography as a career?

    Hope you get some good sleep and your run in in the morning!!!

  6. I hope u can rest up! I love sleep and wish i got enough 😦 Sidenote- I really admire how career-driven and accomplished you are 😀 You may not always have time to work out, esp when it seems like all the bloggers have so much time to work out every day! But I’m at such a weird place right now, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life…so seeing someone like you who has worked really hard to get where are you and still works so hard, is really awesome!

  7. We are birds of a feather! I had chili last night too (blog post coming soon) – no kale, but your method is also one of my favorite ways to prepare this magical stuff. And I absolutely adore oranges and yogurt together. It’s really yummy with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

    As for sleeping, it’s just as important as exercise – too many of us forget this! It’s all about feeling good, right? Sleep, food, exercise, work, it’s all part of the balance and I think you did right to sleep in.

    Okay that chili photo is making me hungry.

  8. i agree that it’s really hard to balance getting enough rest with exercise! today i chose to ‘sleep in’ (until 6), but i know it’s going to a struggle after work to get my run in!

    your meals look amazing. i too love those ezekiel english muffins and could eat them every morning. especially the cinn-raisin ones!

  9. The Lentil dinner looks great!!! Have fun with the race this weekend!! 😀

  10. I LOVE ezekiel english muffins too! All of their products are so good. The pitas are yummy!

    The lentils look yummy! Hope you got lots of sleep.

  11. I need to hire you as my personal chef.

  12. I *TRY* to get my 8 hrs. every night. I normally end up getting closer to 7 though. If I don’t get enough sleep pretty much everything suffers. I just can’t focus as well!

    Your dinner looks really good!!!

  13. Lentil chili – fantastic!

  14. Good luck with the 5k!!

    I love kale, I always add a little crushed red pepper for a nice kick.

  15. I LOVE ezekiel english muffins. They are amazing! I agree – I could eat one every single day 🙂
    Oh and working out after work is definitely hard. I planned on a run after work yesterday too, and that didn’t happen. Oh well, there is always today 😀

  16. Corn makes everything delicious!

  17. omg that lentil chili looks amazing! i’m def going to have to try that!

  18. The soup and martini sound delicious!
    Good luck on sleeping more, I used to never sleep enough and came to a point where I just couldn’t handle it!

  19. I totally know what you mean about exericise and sleep! I feel like I never get enough sleep during the week and then I lose time going to the gym during the day, uhh! Life…haha

    I’ve really got to get me some of those English Muffins, ezekiel is the best. Ooo and that chili sounds phenomenal!!!

  20. that lentil chili looks FAB-O! 🙂

    good luck on the race this weekend, races are SO exciting, I’m sure you will do great! can’t wait to hear all about it!

  21. I have a bag of lentils that I need to do something with. your dish looks good. Good luck this weekend in the 5k!

  22. That chili looks amazing!

    GOOD LUCK this weekend 🙂

  23. Crozet! Bill and I stayed really close to there on our trip last summer. For some reason, I really think it’s cool that I’ve been to places around where you live. I just LOVE that area and wouldn’t mind living there someday. But anyway… glad you signed up for the race! That’s exciting!

  24. Great looking chili! I really want to try making one with lentils – they are my fave bean du jour.

  25. That orange/yogurt combo…I just can’t think of anything else to say after seeing it….speechless. What a beautiful picture of food!

    Oh, I did remember reading something about a 5K – good luck. 🙂

  26. being busy with work is making healthy lifestyle hard…. i wish I had two more extra hours per day! but you’re doing a great job! still trying new recipes and take fab pics of your eaTS! 😀

  27. lentils are so good! mmmmmm :]

  28. good luck this weekend! I’m too chicken to sign up for a race!

    If I don’t exercise right after waking up it normally does not happen. I get too caught up in the rest of the day and then am too tired.

  29. Dinner looks FANTASTIC!! I must try that chili. I also can’t wait for you to perfect those hearty oat biscuits because they look SO good!!

  30. You’re going to do great this wknd! Good for you!

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