Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday Recap & Vegan Chili Recipe

On Sunday, Malomar and I headed up to Westchester, with a hike planned with my sister and her hubby. The plans were changed a bit by circumstance, so the hike turned into a walk and then a veggie chili dinner, yum!

Nicole and Honza in the kitchen...prepping veggies for the chili, Honza pouring his homemade beer!

chili prep

yum! ingredients below! (Honza says chili never looks appetizing...but that it tastes awesome!)

Honza's homemade good!

Quick Easy Vegan Chili Recipe:

garlic (1 or 2 cloves: up to you)
dried red chili
1 yellow onion
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
any combo of fajita or taco seasoning. We used organic seasoning with raisins in it!
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg Smart Ground Mexican flavor
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 cups brown rice

Cook brown rice according to directions, adding spice and flavor to it. We like to add a bit of olive oil and saffron flavor or to spice it up with peppery seasoning.

Saute onion, garlic and chili over medium low heat in EVOO until onion is translucent and garlic is aromatic. Add Smart Ground and saute for a few minutes "browning" the ground meat substitute. Add seasoning and stir thoroughly until blended for two minutes. Once mixture is coated well, add peppers and beans. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and cook over medium low heat until entire mixture is bubbling, but not boiling and beans are easily pierced with a fork and heated through.

Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to season. If mixture is too thick for your liking, add a bit of water to thin it out.

Once chili is cooked thoroughly, add a handful of chopped fresh cilantro to liven it up and add some green and freshness to the meal!

Serve piping hot over rice.

Other things you may want to add to your chili:

-brussel sprouts
-any other combo of peppers: green, purple, yellow etc

Play around and have fun with it! Chili is a great filling meal which is easy to add any leftover produce that may be on it's last leg!


Malomar and I took the train home. I fit him into a Vermont coop bag because in NY dogs must be in "carriers" in order to go on the train. I guess this passed because we didn't get in trouble! By the way, if you are ever in White River Junction...check out their vegan BLT rules!

Malomar is a serious trooper on the train. It takes a few hours train-wise to get from Westchester the whole way back to Brooklyn and he stayed in that damn bag the whole time! We stopped on Canal and went over to Whole Foods to snack it up...and Malomar was so exhausted that he passed out in the bag on the F train. I took about a thousand pictures, but I spared you and only put two here!

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