Monday, August 18, 2008

Garden Chili

The following recipe is one we have made for several years, before my kids were vegetarian, and long before anyone in this household ate vegan. My mom got this recipe from a good friend and, of course, I got it from her. It is very easy to make; I might spend 30 min. in the kitchen total to make it. It goes very well with cornbread or irish soda bread!

Garden Chili

1 red pepper (I leave this out when I make it because we have made it with and without and we like it better without- you might like it with though:)
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp cummin
1 tsp oregano
2 c butternut squash, chopped into bite size pieces
1 large can tomatoes (I like to use fresh and then pour in 1 can tomatoe sauce)
2 c. zucchini, chopped into bite size pieces
1 can black beans (again, you can use dried, soaked, and boiled)
1 can corn
1/4 c parsley (I usually don't have this on hand so I skip it)

In 3 qt. sauce pan saute onion, pepper, and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in seasonings, butternut squash, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 min. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for another 10 min.

I usually double this recipe, as my kids scarf it down!! I might have two small bowls left-over and we are a family of five. This is what we had tonight and it is just about gone:) It was so fun to make tonight, more than usual, because I had a fresh zucchini and fresh tomatoes from my mother-in-law's garden. It was delicious!!

For the non-vegans in the household: It is great with a little dollop of sour cream or ranch dressing on top. Sometimes I will even add a little cheddar cheese if I don't feel like eating vegan, teehee.


mavibu said...

I'm loving your blogs! I think I'll add you to my faves (if I ever get around to it). I was veg for two years and never felt better. I slowly abandoned it and now, years later want to do it again. DH SAYS he's onboard, but his sense of adventure for new foods (I've introduced him to Thai food, sushi and some other types of food) appears to have its limits. On of my kids has food allergies and it seems that vegetarianism (Sans peanuts)would be the thing for her. I will keep reading and try some of your recipes!

Kevin said...

Well, thanks! I haven't blogged on here for a little bit but plan on adding something this week. Ironically, we are eating the spicy potato curry and cauliflower again tonight. It's one of our latest favorites. We go through cycles:) I think eating vegetarian is a lot more interesting, especially vegan. It seems we get more creative with our food.

mavibu said...

The Garden Chili was (as we say @ my house) yummylicous. DH liked it! I used fresh corn and added a left over tomatillo from another recipe. I'll try to potato curry next.