Meatless Chili

Last night was Meatless Monday, something I’m going to start trying just to mix things up a bit.  Plant based proteins are great because they not only contain the protein you need, but are also low in fat and high in fiber…two things that can be tough to find in animal based proteins.  This recipe is extremely simple and very inexpensive.  I spent a total of $11.75 at the store for these ingredients (excluding the acorn squash).  That’s also the price I paid because I bought organic beans (Nature’s Promise brand).  I noticed a significant difference in the sodium levels…there was about 150-200mg more in the non-organic beans…which is just crazy! tofupeppers chili1

Meatless Chili
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans
  • 1 can (15oz) red kidney beans
  • 1 can (15oz) pinto beans
  • 1 cup dried lima beans
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, cubed
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (I used a half of a yellow and a half of an orange), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup jalapeños, minced and seeded
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 large kale leaves, shredded
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients, in the order listed, into the base of a crockpot or slow cooker
  2. With a wooden spoon, stir the ingredients together and cover with the lid
  3. Set on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-8
  4. When there is 30 minutes remaining, add kale leaves
Notes
*potassium: 354.1mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving (about 1 cup) Calories: 181.8 Fat: 3.1g Saturated fat: 0.4g Unsaturated fat: 2.1g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 27.5g Sugar: 3.8g Sodium: 368.9mg Fiber: 9.3g Protein: 12.9g Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Serving a portion of chili in a acorn squash half was a delicious decision and I encourage you to try it!  I also made a cheddar jalapeño cornbread as a small side, which was a little spicy, but yummy!!!

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Yesterday was the beginning of week 2 of my 3 hour work week.  I made a lot of progress yesterday building my networks and contact lists.  I have a great feeling I’ll be getting busy soon 🙂

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