Recipe Share: Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 3.13.38 PMI know that some of you are thinking, “Chili? In the summer?” But trust me, when it’s this good, you don’t really care if it’s better served in cool, fall weather or not, because a dish this delicious deserves to be enjoyed year-round. I consider Whole Food’s Spicy Vegetarian Chili a staple. It was (and still is) one of my go-to meals when I started eating more plant-based food.

(Via wholefoodsmarket.com)
(Via wholefoodsmarket.com)

I’ve been making this recipe for over a year now and have tweaked the recipe to my liking. You can find the original recipe or my edited version below. After a half dozen or so times of making it, I realized I had the original generally memorized and was comfortably making my own tweaks and substitutions as I wished. For example, I prefer a thicker chili, with a less watery consistency, and thus throw in additions of mushrooms and ground flax seed to suit my preferences and add a little nutritious boost.

The mushrooms are actually my favorite thing to eat in the chili, and they mix right in with the rest of the vegetables from the start. That’s the beauty of this recipe; you chop everything and throw it all in at once to cook. I’ve eliminated the olive oil because the vegetables cook in their own juices more than fine. I often throw in an extra stalk of celery or pepper (or even a mashed sweet potato) and sometimes eliminate the carrots — all often dependent on what I have on hand in the kitchen. It’s a very forgiving recipe. You can’t really mess it up!

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 container of sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste — I usually add a little more)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 2 cans cooked red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can cooked black beans, drained
  • ~4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (stirred in with the beans)
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It might not look pretty…but it is delicious.

Do you consider some dishes more “seasonal” than others? Do you make them anyway?

Recipe Share: Oh She Glows’ Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta

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This week I’m sharing one of my tried and true favorite meals: Oh She Glows’ Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta. It’s comforting, filling, vegan (but in a tastes-too-good-to-notice-a-difference kind of way), and it’s just as delicious the next day for lunch, which is very important for my work-day, leftover lunches. It’s actually one of the recipes that convinced me to buy the The Oh She Glows Cookbook (affiliate link), and for the record, it’s the only cookbook I own. I trusted the Amazon reviews I read, and I haven’t made anything I haven’t loved..and it’s all vegan?!

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Fresh basil smells so. good.

This was also the first recipe to convince me to buy nutritional yeast (affiliate link) for that parmesan-like creaminess in the sauce, and I’m so glad I did. While it doesn’t sound tasty, it’s very similar to the yeast found in bread — it just doesn’t have any leavening properties. Most importantly, it offers a cheesy flavor! I love it with pasta and in soups, but I have been meaning to experiment with mac ‘n cheese. I have substituted parmesan for the ingredient when I don’t have it on hand, especially in someone else’s kitchen, but it’s delicious with it, so I figure why change it?

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Also guys…I promise I’m going to start taking better food pictures, but as was the case last night, I was just ready to clean up the dishes and eat it! Mmmm.

What did you make for dinner last night? What are your favorite dinner meals?