I don’t know if you know this….but were kind of a big deal in Washington State right now…Yeah, we’re making headline news….for the weather! We got over 8 inches of snow in some parts and now we have freezing rain. While the mixture is quite dangerous (especially without the proper snow equipment), it sure is BEAUTIFUL! So, to honor our first blizzard or “snowpocalypse” of 2012, I decided to bust out some pretty tasty chili.
The recipe comes from a great book called “How It All Vegan“. Catchy isn’t it? The actual recipe is called “Sarah’s Delicious Chili”. Frankly, Sarah knows what’s up because this Chili is AMAZING…and really easy! Here’s the drill:
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
3 1/2 cups cooked or canned kidney beans
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes (3 1/2 cups)
6 oz tomato paste
2 1/2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
8-12 mushrooms, chopped
1 12 oz can of corn (1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup rice (I used quinoa instead)
1-3 tbsp chili powder (I think 1 tbsp is too mild, even for people who can’t handle spicy food…like my husband)
1 tbsp pepper
2 tbsp curry paste (i was fresh out, so I used curry powder…feel free to up the ante)
2 cups vegetable stock or water
In a large pot, saute the onions and carrots in oil on medium-high until the onions become translucent. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together. Simmer on medium-low for 40-60 minutes, stirring occassionally. Serve with fresh bread. Note: you can also add any other veggies you have kicking around; peppers or zucchini work well. Makes 6-8 servings.
For bread, I opted for the Trader Joe’s corn bread mix that comes in a box. When it’s that good, I can’t justify making it from scratch…especially when there is snow to play in :) The box called for oil, eggs, and milk…Almond milk works fine and so does the egg replacement “Ener-G“. Easy Breezy I tell ya!
The icicle was Patton’s touch….He’s probley going to kill me for calling him out…but isn’t that little guy adorable!?!?!
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So….. how is the weather in your neck of the woods?