Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Meals: Crock-Pot Sweet Potato Chili
Vegetarian Meal Ideas
My 10-year-old daughter, Kendra, came to me a little over a month ago, to tell me
she decided that she was going to become a vegetarian. I talked it over with my
husband, and we decided that the food she chose, or chose not, to put into her
body was her choice, so we agreed. We realized we needed to do this the right way
so that she still got a balanced healthy diet.
Because it was Kendra, and not one of the other two girls, I knew that I needed to
take this seriously.This is the same child who came to me a few weeks before her
second birthday, looking quite serious, for a two-year-old. She looked me in the eye
and explained, she was not going to wear diapers anymore, and she was ready for
the potty. The amazing thing was she was ready; she never had an accident again!
When she puts her mind to something she is usually pretty determined.
So, I have been cooking (and trying) a multitude of new foods. It has been quite
fun, like an adventure. It just dawned on me this morning, I should be sharing
some of these recipes with other people through Hubpages. The first recipe is a
Sweet Potato Chili. It is super easy because the Crock-pot does all the work. I do
not like sweet potatoes at all, so I was leery at first, but it was quite good. I am a carnivore, so I am still adjusting to the idea of meals without meat, so I was
surprised by how much I liked it. It is a little spicy, so if anyone is sensitive to
hot foods; adjust the cayenne and make sure to get tomatoes with mild green
chilies. The girls all liked it and asked me to make it again. All in all, we give it two
- 2 Large sweet potatoes
- 1 Red pepper
- 1 Large white onion
- 4 Carrots
- 2 Cloves of garlic
- 1 15 ounce can of tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 24 ounce can of Italian style diced tomatoes
- 1 15 ounce can of black beans
- 1 15 ounce can of red beans
- 1 15 ounce can of chili beans
- 2 cups Vegetable broth (eyeball it)
- 3 tablespoons Chili powder (eyeball it)
- 2 Tablespoons Cumin (eyeball it)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Cayenne (eyeball it)
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Rinse and chop first five ingredients and throw them in a crock pot.
- Drain and rinse beans.
- Put the remaining ingredients in the Crock-pot.
- Close the lid and let simmer all day on low (for at least eight hours).
© 2013 Lisa Chronister