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How to Make Vegetarian Chili
Vegetable Chili Anyone?
A hot bowl of chili on a cold winters night; what could be better when the weather starts to become cold? If you don't eat any meats or hamburger you can still enjoy a hearty bowl of vegetable chili. It is just as filling and in my opinion tastes better than its meaty counterpart.
There is so much confusing information about what is healthy to eat these days. Fad diets and recommendations come and go. Foods that we once thought were good for us suddenly are not. There is one item that remains consistent and that is is vegetables.
I have never heard of or read anywhere a discovery that a vegetable is not good for you or should be eaten in moderation. The vegetable family is the only food group that you can be sure is consistently promoted as a food you can eat in unlimited quantities. We need more vegetables in our diet and this recipe is one way of getting those extra veggies.
My daughter recently made the decision to become vegetarian and she has managed to stick to a vegetarian diet but it gets complicated especially in this meat eaters world. Trying to support her decision has not been easy. It really opened my eyes to how our meals are dominated by the inclusion of beef, chicken and other meat by products. I am now continually seeking out vegetarian recipes. Vegetarian chili is a good dinner time option as it is a substantial and filling meal.
How do you make vegetarian chili? It's really quite easy and doesn't take too long at all. Let's go through the steps to making a delicious meal of chili with no meat.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: depends on cook method
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 gloves minced garlic
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 2 medium sized carrots thinly sliced
- 1 medium zucchini diced
- 1 - 14oz can kidney beans rinsed
- 1 - 14 oz can black beans rinsed
- 1 - 14 oz can chickpeas rinsed
- 1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspon red pepper flakes
- If you have a crockpot (slow cooker) just put everything in, give it a stir and simmer on low for 6 to 8 hours.
- If you don't have a slow cooker, just add the ingredients to a large pot and simmer on your stove over medium heat until the vegetables are softened.
- Super easy!
Kidney Beans Contain a Toxic Substance
They can make you sick!
Raw kidney beans contain a toxin that can make you ill. The consumption of as little as three raw beans is enough to ingest the toxin and make yourself sick.
Now, most of us do not eat raw beans but did you know that to render the raw bean safe they must be boiled for at least 10 minutes. Kidney beans that are cooked to a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees are five times as toxic as raw beans! The slow cooker will only bring a raw bean to this temperature.
Please be safe and boil your raw beans for 10 minutes or used canned beans. Do not dump raw beans in your slow cooker!
Try Jamie Oliver's Vegetable Chili recipe
More Ways to Make Vegetarian Chili - Resources Online
- Vegetarian chilli | Jamie Oliver | Food | Jamie Oliver (UK)
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Recipe for Spicy Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili at Epicurious.com
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Now Eat Your Veggies!
"Eat your vegetables". This has been been the mantra of mothers everywhere for generations. There is one thing about nutrition that is consistent and that is the vegetable.
We must monitor our intake of pretty much everything else because too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing quite quickly. Fruit is good for you but because it has a high sugar concentration we are always encouraged to moderate our intake.
Vegetables are the exception. I have never read anywhere that we should eat less vegetables or eat them in moderation. May people struggle with their vegetable intake although it is a simple premise to eat more vegetables it is not easy.
As with most people, I believe, vegetables just aren't a fun food or the tastiest food but they are the healthiest. So try hiding your vegetables in your tasty recipes. Vegetarian chili is the perfect muse. Here's to your health!