Garden Veggie & Black Bean Stew

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Ingredients

2 cups dry black beans cooked in instant pot (instructions below OR 4 cups canned black beans rinsed)

12 oz medium Chipotle Salsa or your favorite salsa

1 large onion diced

1 large zucchini diced

6 small tomatoes diced

4 cloves garlic minced

2 cubanelle peppers diced

2 green peppers diced

1 can Hominy rinsed

2 Tbl Olive Oil

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp kosher salt

Optional toppings: sliced avocado, tortilla chips, shredded red cabbage, fresh cilantro

First, If you’re using dry beans prepare them in your instant pot. Add 2 cups dry beans and 6 cups water to your instant pot. Use manual setting to cook on high pressure for 25 min and then allow the pressure to release on its own about 20 more minutes. Once the beans are cooked add 1/2 tsp salt to the pot and mix. Strain any excess water from the beans and set them aside.

While the beans are cooking add olive oil and onions to a large pot over medium heat and stir until onions begin to look translucent. Add garlic, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, salsa, hominy and spices and stir thoroughly. If the mixture begins to bubble turn heat to simmer and cook and taste until the veggies are cooked to your liking. We like to leave things a tad crunchy. Add in the black beans and stir. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, add a few cups of veggie broth or more salsa.

Serve as a stand alone stew or as a topper for brown rice or quinoa. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, cabbage or tortilla chips. This recipe gets better as leftovers on days 2-3!

Black Bean Tempeh Chili Topper

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This is a quick and easy recipe that arose out of a need to use up leftover black beans and tempeh. Eat it on its own or use it as a topper for rice or other grains and add your favorite raw veggies for a sensational chili bowl!

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Ingredients:
1 can black beans rinsed
1 can hominy rinsed
1 jar campfire salsa or your favorite salsa!
1/4 cup water
1tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic minced
1 large onion diced
1 large red pepper diced
1/2 package of tempeh crumbled or any leftover tempeh that has been marinated or baked just chop it up
2 tbl cacao powder
1 tbl tomato paste
3 tbl water mixed with powder and paste

In a large saucepan, saute the onions, red pepper and garlic in olive oil until onion is transluscent. Add the cumin, pepper, salt and chili powder and mix until fragrant. Add the salsa, 1/4 cup water, hominy, black beans and crumbled tempeh. Cover and simmer 10-15 min until the mixture is well combined. In a small cup mix tomato paste, cacao powder and 3 tbl water until a sauce forms. Combine the sauce and the black bean mixture and simmer uncovered for a while longer, tasting to adjust salt or flavor as you wish.

**This chili is thick and delicious and can be served on its own with tortilla chips or scooped over brown rice or quinoa. Add avocado, raw onion, cilantro or lime juice too!

Kitchen Sink Soup

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It’s winter, it’s cold, you’re tired and hungry and you’ve not been grocery shopping this week. You open the fridge and scrounge a few sad looking veggies and you open the cupboard and find a few canned goods and you throw it all in a pot with some spices…..I call it ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ soup…or ‘kitchen sink’ soup. But don’t worry it tastes REALLY good!

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ingredients

4 small red potatoes diced with skin

4 large carrots chopped with skin

3 yellow onions diced

6 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 can garbanzo beans

1 can refried black beans

1 20oz can of crushed tomatoes

Four cups vegetable broth

3 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp pepper

Sauté onions and garlic in oil, add carrots, potatoes and spices and stir until well combined. Simmer for 2-3 min and then add all other ingredients and bring to a quick boil and then simmer for one hour or until veggies are tender

Serve with avocado and blue corn chips



Tempeh Chili

There is nothing better than supporting other artist/makers, especially when they are my friends! Bowl by  Quail Pottery . Hand dyed cloth napkin by  Flatland Alpacas .

There is nothing better than supporting other artist/makers, especially when they are my friends! Bowl by Quail Pottery. Hand dyed cloth napkin by Flatland Alpacas.

This is a throw together, ready in an hour easy vegan chili. It was inspired by a recipe for pozole, my husband loves from the Thug Kitchen Cookbook (which is a household favorite). It makes a big pot so be ready for leftovers!

Ingredients

2 Tbl olive oil

1 medium onion diced

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5 gloves garlic minced

4 cubanelle peppers (or 2 green or red peppers)

1 package tempeh

1 22oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 can black beans

1 can chick peas

1 can hominy

1 can corn (I know this is redundant because hominy is corn but it’s nice to have pops of yellow in the chili! )

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp chipotle

1 Tbl cocoa powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 cups water

Garnish (optional)

sliced avocado

shredded red cabbage

lime juice

cilantro

sliced radishes

slivered green onion

Saute onion and oil over medium heat until the onion begins to turn translucent. Add garlic and peppers and toss until fragrant. Add spices except cocoa and crumble tempeh and stir until well coated. Add beans, hominy, corn and crushed tomato, cocoa and water. Mix thoroughly and simmer on low heat for 20min-45min (if you have the time, let this simmer for longer, it only gets better with time.) If you like your chili more loose, add another cup of water. Serve warm with garnish of your choice.

Butternut Squash Chili

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Ingredients

1 tetra pack of vegan broth (1 qt)

1 jar salsa of your choice (I used Newman's Own)

1 can hominy

1 can corn

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

6 cloves garlic crushed

1 large onion diced

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1 can small red beans

1/2 cup chopped black olives

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

In a large soup pot, saute garlic, onion, squash and spices until onions begin to look transparent. Add all other ingredients and simmer uncovered until squash is tender.

Serve with corn chips and vegan cheese! I recommend aged cashew cheese from Three Girls Vegan Creamery in Guilford, CT. If you've not tried this amazing vegan cheese it's a must!

Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

I love soup all year round but there is nothing like a homemade bowl of scrumptious hearty soup on a chilly Fall day. When I'm creating a new recipe it's usually in part due to having ingredients I need to use and this one included a home grown butternut squash my Dad grew this past summer that had been sitting on my counter for quite some time. (thankfully winter squash lasts forever!) I love to add fresh toppings to warm soup as well and this one is the perfect candidate so make sure to check out all the options in the ingredients list and let me know if you come up with your own ideas too!

vegan lentil butternut squash soup

 

Ingredients

2 Tbl olive oil

13 cloves garlic - 3 minced, 8 whole

3 carrots diced

1 sweet onion diced

1 red pepper diced

1 small butternut squash

2 cups french lentils (the small black ones, they are actually speckled but these are the best kind because they hold their shape and don't turn to mush!)

3 cups thinly chopped fresh spinach

1/4 tsp ground mustard

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1/4 tsp ground sage

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 chipotle powder

3 Tbl *no chicken soup base bullion (or sub the water for veggie broth)

10 cups water* or veggie broth

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

**Optional toppings: diced fresh avocado, sliced scallions, fresh squeezed lime, tortilla chips

First up, roasting the squash. Preheat the oven to 425. Slice the top and bottom of the squash off and then slice it long ways down the middle, remove the seeds and turn them face down onto a baking pan. Place 4 cloves of garlic in the well of each half of squash and add 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Roast the squash for 30 min. If a knife tip easily pierces the squash, it's ready, otherwise roast for an additional 10-15 min. Let cool and peel off the skin. Some will easily peel by hand, other parts are easily removed with a pairing knife. Diced into small pieces once peeled and set aside in a bowl

In a large soup pot saute the olive oil, garlic, onion, carrot and red pepper until onion begins to turn translucent. Add all the spices and stir well for 1-2min. Add the lentils, water and bullion (or veggie stock if substituting).  Bring to a boil and add squash. Simmer for 30 min or until lentils are cooked through.  Add fresh chopped spinach and simmer another 5-10min.

Serve hot with toppings of your choice or a side of fresh baked bread!