Veggie Chili

Ingredients:

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Egg plant
  • Corn or carrots or both :)
  • Diced tomatos
  • Onion
  • Vegetable base 
  • Dried chili peppers
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Quinoa/brown rice
  • Lime
  • Avocado

Step 1: Throw everything into a crockpot (or regular pot on the stove) except for the quinoa (or brown rice), lime and avocado.

Step 2: Top with avocado, lime, and a little cheese if you wish.

Step 3: Eat. 

That is how easy it is to make this dinner and it's a dinner that everyone will love. There is really nothing more too it than combing all of the ingredients and adding in some herbs and spices for flavor. I came up with this specific recipe for chili by simply using what I had in the fridge and cupboards. By throwing random things in (specifically the basil and thyme) I didn't know how this would turn out, but it ended up being a success even with the rest of the family. Making dinners that are vegetarian can be a struggle sometimes with the men of the house, but there were no issues gobbling down this vegetarian meal. Being able to make a dinner that is healthy, filled with good proteins and veggies, but also have it be delicious enough for everyone to enjoy is so important.

I cooked the chili in a crockpot for about eight hours and really let all the flavor soak up, which really had an effect  in the amazing taste. Then I cooked the quinoa and brown rice separately. I cooked both because then there would be two different but both healthy options, this way there is something for everyone. Personally, I prefer the quinoa because it is much more lighter than the brown rice. 

Once everything is cooked and ready to be served, place the quinoa or rice on one half of the bowl and the piping hot chili on the other. Top it off by adding a hint of cheese (low fat moz is what I used for this meal) and lots of avocado. Finish it off by squeezing some lime and a hint of pepper over your chili and you are ready to eat a tasty, warm, healthy, protein packed dinner. I promise it will be a dinner that is asked for again.