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Feb 27, 2011
Category: One-Pot Meals
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: Less than 1 hr
Special Considerations: Low Fat

Every now and then, I like to try to eat a meatless meal.  I try to serve at least one vegetarian meal a week, and will try to go vegan once a month, although it’s not always easy.  But, since we get way too much fat in our diets and not enough fiber and the goodness of veggies, I figured one good way to be able to do this is with chili, since it’s good this time of year, and being a favorite, maybe we won’t miss the meat so much because of the other flavors.  But just remember, a good chili is a well rounded meal, so make sure there is some protein in it.  And a good chili is hearty, so make it chunky.  I think these will be good to start.

Vegan Chili:

A large onion, green pepper, a couple celery stalks small bulb of garlic, cleaned & minced.  In a little oil, brown with a generous amount of chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Add a leafy green such as spinach or kale, course chopped.  Stir a little.  Reduce heat.  Add two cans of your choice of black beans, chili beans or kidney beans.  I like to use one spicy chili and a black bean.  Use the whole can, including liquid.  Add 2 cans of your favorite style tomatoes such as stewed tomatoes or chili style.  Let simmer until desired thickness, and enjoy.

If you prefer more bite, take a chunk of tofu, drain liquid, allow the water to soak in a plain paper towel.  Cube to bite sized pieces and toss in the last 20 minutes of simmering.  It will take on the taste of the chili, and give your teeth something to sink into.

Serve with corn chips and avocado slices. Now you’ve got your whole protein string, along with lots of fiber and vitamins.  This is also high in lycopene, to keep you guys healthy from prostate cancer.

Vegetarian Twist:

Instead of the leafy green, use hard boiled eggs instead.  You may use whole boiled eggs peeled, or you may chop it up.  For texture reasons, I recommend NOT using tofu, if you’re using eggs.  There is no harm, so you’re fine using both, but, the texture may be off that way.
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Posted: Feb 27, 2011 1:37am

 

 
 
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