You Won’t Believe Its Vegan Chili

Recently I set on a quest to perfect my chili recipe so those who are not whole food plant based people, would not miss eating meat in their chili. This original chili recipe came from https://eathealthyeathappy.com/killer-vegan-chili/ but I modified it a little bit. It’s quite a process to make but just like most anything in life that takes a lot of time—it’s sooooo worth it!!

I cooked the recipe for my pinto beans in the instant pot the night before. The recipe link is here https://itsapegslife.com/2019/03/09/delicious-instant-pot-pinto-beans/ They are my family’s favorite, so I thought the added flavor of these beans would just enhance the taste of the chili.

Next step is to make the cauliflower hamburger recipe as follows:

  • 1 head cauliflower, grated in food processor or you can just use your blade, whatever works best for you to make the cauliflower the size of rice grains
  • 6 oz. of button mushrooms, washed, dried and grated/blade in food processor
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped medium (again you can use your food processor)
  • 1 -2 T. cumin
  • 1-2 tsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper as needed

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well. I like to use my hands and mix it really good. Taste the mixture to see if it is to your liking. Spread mixture out on a cookie sheet with a splat mat or wax paper on it. If you don’t have a splat mat or wax paper, just spray the cookie sheet with Pam and spread a thin layer of cauliflower mixture on it. I like to use two cookie sheets so the layer isn’t too think.

Cook on preheated 425 degree oven on the upper rack so it’s close to the element for 15 min and then turn the mixture. Cook again for another 10-15 min. And there you have it–cauliflower hamburger. Let cool.

Now for the Chili—–

You Won’t Believe Its Vegan Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 1/2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 Tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock)
  • 2 c chopped bell pepper, any colors

45 oz. cans Pome chopped tomatoes (you can find these at your Harmon’s for those of you that live in Utah)

  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 4 c water
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 c uncooked quinoa (wash throughly)
  • 2-3 c cooked pinto beans (the homemade beans above)
  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans
  • 1 can sweet corn

Toppings like fresh homemade cashew cream, cilantro, avocado or vegan cheese shreds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add a small portion of the broth to a large lidded cooking pot. Add onion and saute over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, basil, chipotle powder, cumin, oregano salt and pepper. Add a few splashes of the veg. stock to deglaze the pan and simmer 3-4 minutes. Reduce the heat slightly and/or add more if the spices are burning at all.
  3. Stir in the bell and poblano peppers and the rest of the stock. Simmer about 7 minutes.
  4. Add the Pome tomatoes, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, liquid smoke and water. Loosely lid the pot and simmer about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice, quinoa, beans, and corn. Reduce the heat to medium low, lid the pot and simmer about 60-70 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add enough water to make it the consistency you like as you need to.
  6. When soup is done simmering add cauliflower mixture. I like adding about half of it but you can add as much as you want.
  7. Serve with your favorite toppings.

I like to make this the night before I serve it and then reheat in the slow cooker. Sooooo good!

Delicious Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Delicious pinto beans with no overnight soaking needed.

You are going to LOVE these flavorful and delicious pinto beans. They are so so easy to make in the instant pot and NO SOAKING NEEDED! WOO HOO!

Ingredients:

  • 5 C. Pinto Beans, rinsed with water
  • 1/2 Anaheim Pepper or 1/2 Jalapeño Pepper
  • 1 T. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 3 T. Cumin (I love cumin so if you don’t, add just 1 T.)
  • 2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 10 C. Vegetable Broth or enough to cover 1″ above pinto beans

Put a little vegetable broth in the instant pot and turn pot on the “sauté” setting. When pot is hot, add garlic and cook until fragrant (approximately 2 minutes). Add pepper and onion. You may need to add more broth here so it doesn’t burn. Sauté for approximately 5 minutes and then add cumin, chili powder and salt. Cook until you smell that luscious smell of spice. OOOOO do you smell it? I LOVE that smell.

Add beans, stir with a large spoon, and then add the broth. Stir again. Turn instant pot off and then push “manual”. Set the time to 55 minutes. When instant pot beeps and it’s done cooking for the 55 min, release the air vent out after 10-15 min. Taste beans to make sure they are spiced to your liking and add more salt if needed.

For this burrito, I layered it with mashed sweet potato, quinoa, and beans. Roll it up to eat like this. Or, to make a taco salad out of it, top with avocado, lettuce, salsa, vegan cashew sour cream, and your favorite vegan dressing. Enjoy!

Pita Pockets with Black Beans, Brown Rice and Sweet Potatoes

Looking for a quick lunch idea? Here is an easy one………

Pita Pockets with Black Beans, Brown Rice and Sweet Potatoes

(Inspired by my daughter, Natalie 🙂

Makes 3 or 4 Pitas

INGREDIENTS

2 c. choice of greens

1 sweet potato, cooked and cut into small cubes

1 cooked brown rice bowl (see picture below)

salsa

1 can black or pinto beans

favorite brand of pita pockets (I love Trader Joe’s whole wheat)

Directions:

Place a 1/4 of the greens and sweet potato in the pita. Add salsa, beans, brown rice and I like more salsa. I love it. Enjoy!

Chipotle Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

My daughter shared this recipe with me last week and I made them on Saturday when we had a barbecue with family. Since we have been on the whole foods plant based diet, I have needed to make adjustments for us when eating with my meat eating friends. 😜 Needless to say, I did not miss the regular beef cheese burger and this is much better for our healthy heart :).

I tripled this recipe so I would have patties to freeze.

Chipotle Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Prep Time: 50 min. Or make them the night before and keep them in the refrigerator overnight.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 med. (1 lb.) sweet potato

1/2 c. Frozen or canned corn kernels

1 15 oz. can black beans

1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

1/2 c. cornmeal

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 bunch cilantro (optional)

1-2 T. vegetable broth if using frying method of cooking

4 medium thin sliced whole wheat buns

1 medium avocado

1/4 c. Just Mayo

INSTRUCTIONS:

Wash the sweet potato well and poke it several times with a fork so steam can escape while it cooks.

To cook it in microwave: wrap it loosely with a paper towel, set it on a microwave safe plate and microwave in high for 5 min. Carefully squeeze the potato to make sure it is soft all the way through. It may need a couple more min to cook.

To cook in oven: heat oven to 400 degrees and place the potato directly on the rack or on a baking sheet. Bake the potato for 45-60 min or until it is soft all the way through. This is my preferred method. I like the texture better when it is cooked in the oven but maybe I’m weird. Haha.

While the sweet potato is cooling, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Place the corn in a large bowl after draining it, if you use canned corn. Drain and rinse the black beans and let the excess water drain and then add them to the bowl with the corn. Roughly chop the cilantro (if using. I did not) and add to the bowl. Add 1/4 c. of the cornmeal, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Take one chipotle pepper out of the can, mince it, and then add it to the bowl along with about 1 tsp. of adobo sauce from the can. When I tripled this recipe I added 3 chipotle and 2 tsp. sauce from the can.

Once the sweet potato is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and add it to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir everything together and then either use a potato masher or the back of a fork to slightly mash the beans. Cover and chill mixture overnight or for 30 min to allow the cornmeal to absorb some of the moisture. I made some patties after having them refrigerated for 30 min and then I had some of the mixture left over to make the following day and I found that having them refrigerated overnight made them easier to handle.

Divide the mixture into 4 patties or if you would like smaller patties divide into 6 equally sized portions. Shape into a patty with your hands until they are approximately 3/4 inch think. Use the remaining 1/4 c. or more cornmeal here to coat the outside of the patties. I found it was easier to pat this mixture on each side of the patty rather than dredging it. This will provide a nice crunch to the burger.

Methods of cooking:

Broil (my preferred method)–preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the baking sheet with a splat mat or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 min then CAREFULLY turn and bake for another 10-12 min or until they are golden brown on both sides.

Cook patties in a skillet. Heat nonstick pan on med high heat and put 1 T. vegetable broth in pan, place in patty and cook for 10 min on one side and then CAREFULLY turn and cook 10 min on the other side until golden brown. You may need to add a little more broth but don’t add too much or you won’t get the crispness.

Grill: place patty on med high heat grill and cook for 10 min on med high and turn cook the other side for 10 approx.

Spread 1 T. just mayo on bun and top with sweet potato patty. Slice avocado and place 1/4 of the slices on top of each burger. We also used barbecue sauce and that was delicious too instead of the mayo.

Enjoy!

Peanut Sweet Potato Curry with Veggies and Peas

SWEET POTATOES AHHHH they are one of my favs, so I love to use them any way I can, whether it’s a Mexican recipe, Indian, Asian or just a plain sweet potato, they call my name. I know, that’s a little weird, but the flavor is so satisfying and a comfort food for me.  This recipe is based on a recipe from veganricha.com.  I served it with Jasmine rice and it was SCRUMPTIOUS!  Here is the recipe:img_0633

Peanut Sweet Potato Curry with Veggies and Peas

1 C. Onion, chopped

5 Cloves of Garlic, minced

1/2 inch Ginger, minced (optional, I did not use it)

2 C. Cauliflower florets, coarsely chopped

1 small Red Pepper, chopped

1 med to large Sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 tsp. Curry

1 tsp. Garam Masala

1 tsp Salt

1/3 C. Peanut Butter

1 can Chick peas

2 T. Lime juice

2 T. Maple Syrup

1 tsp. Distilled white vinegar

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1/4 tsp. Pepper flakes

2 C. Light coconut milk (1 poured the can into a 2 cup container, which is a few ounces shy of 2 cups and then filled it the rest of the way with water to make 2 cups exactly.)

3/4 C. Frozen peas

Black pepper to taste

Lemon juice and Cayenne

Basil and peanuts for garnish

Put a small amount of water in a Dutch oven or skillet over medium high heat.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, add onion and cook until translucent.  Fold in ginger.

Add peppers, cauliflower, sweet potato, curry powder, garam masala, and a dash of black pepper and cook for 3 min. or until spices are very fragrant.

Add the rest of ingredients until frozen peas and stir well. Partially cover and cook for 15 min.

Taste and adjust salt, sweet and heat.  Add a dash of lemon and cayenne if needed.  Add peas and simmer another few min until the vegetables are cooked to desired doneness.  Adjust consistency if needed, such as more coconut milk or water if its too thick.

Serve over rice.  This could also be served as a soup by adding more water and adjusting the spices to your liking.  Garnish with basil and peanuts.  Enjoy!