It’s CHILI TIME! This was our first jab at chili, and it was pretty darn good! We have yet to perfect it, but time (as well as a love of chili) is on our side. We served the chili with Corn Bread and Apple-Walnut Coleslaw.
The chili had a whole bunch of goodies inside of it: chopped onions, garlic, celery, carrots, corn, tempeh, pablano chile, jalapeño pepper, green bell pepper, canned diced fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, black beans, kidney beans, cumin, paprika, chile powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt and cracked black pepper.
We found a good corn bread recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. It’s incredibly tasty smothered in vegan butter and honey/agave nectar. Here it is, give it a try!
- 1 1/2 cups nondairy milk (we used unsweetened soy milk)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar (we used apple cider vinegar)
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (we used whole wheat flour)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons canola oil (we used grapeseed oil)
- 1/2 to 1 cup whole corn kernels
Preheat your oven to four hundred and twenty five degrees. Mix the nondairy milk and vinegar together in a small bowl, and then mix all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Combine ingredients, adding in the oil and corn. Pour into an oiled baking dish and cook for twenty five or so minutes, until the top of the corn bread is golden-y brown.
The Apple-Walnut Coleslaw had grated apples and chopped toasted walnuts in it along with grated carrots and finely sliced purple cabbage. The dressing was made up of soy yogurt, dijon mustard, tamari, agave, lemon juice, and salt. This stuff was scrumptious, especially the day after, when it has had plenty of time to hang out in the fridge in the marinade.
Fun nutritional facts about a couple of the starring ingredients in this dinner:
- Cabbage: High in calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin E, and the list goes on for a while. Cabbage stimulates the immune system, kills bacteria and viruses, controls -hormone levels, and curbs the formation of cancer causing substances, among many other vegetable super-powers.
- Black Beans and Kidney Beans: High in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, etc. Legumes are super high in protein as well as fiber. Although they are not considered a “complete protein” (containing all eight essential amino acids) when combined with rice, grains, or nuts (or CORN BREAD!!!) the amino acid profile is complete.
- Chili Peppers: High in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin A, etc,. Chili peppers help improve circulation, clear sinuses, act as a decongestant, and boost metabolism among other super powers. Plus they are super spicayyyy! And spicy is mmm mmm good!