VEGAN CHILI

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Good morning!  I know I said this last week, but HOW is it already Thursday?  Time is going by a bit too quickly. Christmas is in one week!  Eeek!  I have most of my gift buying and wrapping completed, but I need to start getting food together, as we are hosting Christmas dinner.  So excited for that!  This is such a special time for us, as both of our families and friends come together to eat and socialize party.  What are you doing for the holidays? With all the upcoming holiday cooking, during this past week I have been using up items in my fridge and pantry, as to make room for more.  Well, the other idea I decided on my Vegan Chili. This recipe is super simple, and if you or your family eat meat, you won't even notice it's not there.  I used what I had on hand, but this is very easy to customize, so feel free to add in some extra veggies, a different type of bean (garbanzos are yummy, too), less/more spices, etc.  Plus, I love when I can throw a bunch of items into a pot and make a one dish meal that feeds us for days.  Ya feel me?  :)

Onto the recipe...

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Vegetarian Chili, about 12 servings

2 50 oz. canned tomatoes, diced 1 16 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained 1 16 oz. canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 16 oz. canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 c. frozen corn 1 yellow onion, diced 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. crushed red chiles 1 tsp. cayenne 1/2 tsp. turmeric1 bay leaf 1 tbsp. olive oil, not pictured

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In a stock pot, begin by sauteing the onions and olive oil on medium heat until semi-translucent, then add in all spices except the bay leaf, and form a paste like consistency.  I find that when I do this all of the spices really show up individually in the chili.

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Add remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer, then reduce to low heat for about an hour.  I like to serve my chili with sliced avocado and cilantro (didn't have on hand this time).  You could also add sour cream or Greek yogurt, cheese, or whatever suits your interest.

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I also made some cornbread to go along with it, and it was such a yummy dinner!  Definitely one of my faves!

Think you'll try this recipe?  Let me know if you do!

xo.  Jen