Chili Variations for Cold Winter Months

recipes Sep 23, 2016

Chili is a wonderful and delicious food to warm the body and soul on cold winter nights. Try this basic recipe which is fantastic by itself but maybe you are in a mood for something different try these variations on the basic recipe.

Basic Chili Recipe
Boca Vegan Veggie Crumbles, 1 bag
3 cups chopped carrots, celery, onions, and/or sweet peppers
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegetable broth
2 – 15 oz. cans black beans and/or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 – 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable broth (in addition to the 1/4 cup above)
2 TBS chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp black pepper
Desired toppings (chopped avocado, onion, tomato, fresh cilantro, broken tortilla chips)

1. In large 6 quart Dutch oven cook veggie crumbles, vegetables, and garlic in 1/4 vegetable broth (may add more to prevent sticking) over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender.
2. Stir in next seven items, through black pepper.
3. Bring to boil, reduce heat.
4. Simmer covered for 20...

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I am a LEGUME...Get to Know Me!

education recipes Sep 19, 2016


Legumes are packed with protein and fiber. Let’s get to know those beans, peas and lentils.

Great Northern Beans
-Small, mild flavored white beans that are delicious in soups, stews, and casseroles.
Red Beans
-These lovelies have a hearty flavor and texture and are a must in chili. The also pair well with rice.
Cannellini Beans
-These are also called white kidney beans and have a more neutral flavor than the red kidney beans.
Garbanzo Beans
-Also known as chickpeas, are firmer than most cooked beans and have a nutty flavor. They are the main ingredient in hummus and can be found in soups like minestrone.
Black Beans
-Their nickname is turtle beans. They have a creamy white inside and are a staple in Latino and Mexican dishes. Oh, and who doesn’t love black bean soup!
Pinto Beans
-Another mainstay in Latino and Mexican cuisine they also form the base for bean dips and refried beans.
Brown Lentils
-These nutrient packed legumes are available in any supermarket and inexpensive....

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