Vegetarian Chili (and more snow…)
Well, we’re on snow day number THREE over here!!! What in the world?!
Go out into the snowpacalypse without our Hello Kitty gear? Please.
Ryan and I were both saying this morning that the amount of snow we’ve gotten in the past few days has been perfect—enough to play in for a few days (and take a break from school because of, haha), but then…gone. We’re expecting temps in the 50’s this weekend, and I can’t say I’m not excited. I will be sad to see the snow go, though—we had fun in it today, especially. We headed over to some of the hillier parts of our neighborhood and borrowed a neighbor’s sled for a fun morning of sledding:
Lila loved it. As soon as we’d get down to the bottom of the hill, she’d demand, “Again!”
Last night, we almost headed to our local Mexican restaurant to meet up with friends for dinner…but the snow started coming fast and furious, and we decided to just hunker down at home instead. And you know, I’m kind of glad we did—we made a big pot of chili, which is, hands down, the BEST snowy night dinner. This chili is vegetarian and full of veggies too…so you can really pack on the toppings.
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes
6 tbsp. tomato paste
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can chili beans (not drained)
1 cup water
1 package frozen meatless crumbles (I usually use Morningstar or Boca)
chili seasoning to taste (I use about half of a store-bought packet, but you could obviously make your own according to your own taste and liking)
In a heavy-bottom pot, heat some olive oil. Add onion and green pepper. Season lightly with garlic salt, and cook for about 10 minutes, until starting to soften. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook for another 10 minutes. Add beans, water, seasoning, and crumbles. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour, stirring the bottom occasionally to prevent sticking.
Garnishes: limes, greek yogurt, sharp cheddar, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro…yum!
This was a hit with Lila—she even asked for a full second serving, which hardly ever happens. Check out that empty bowl! Plus, she ate the chili before she even touched the chips, which REALLY never happens!
The sun is out, the snow is melting…I think we’re going to finally venture out to run some errands. Happy Thursday!