Tom Cruise step aside… my mission to make the healthiest, chunkiest, most delicious chili has been accomplished! 🙂 Gluten-free and completely meatless! Made with organic, simple, high protein ingredients like bell peppers, black beans, chickpeas, sweet potato and quinoa. This big ol’ bowl of Chunky Vegetarian Slow-cooker Chili will keep you satisfied all winter long!
Every winter I find myself wanting to try out a new inspiring chili recipe that is a little different from the ones I’ve tried in the past.
These are the main things I typicalIy look for when looking for my “perfect chili” recipe…
- preferably plant based
- simple to prepare
- not too spicy, but perfectly spiced
- low in sodium
- not drowned in acidic tomato juice
- made with a variety of high protein vegetables & legumes(beans) to keep me nice and full!
Taking into consideration all of the “yay” and “nay’s” I look for in a chili recipe I decided it was time to make my own version to share with you guys here on the blog! I love using my cast iron skillet to sauté up onion and garlic especially before adding it to any soup, stew, or in this case Chili because it really brings out the flavours of the dish that much more. For those of you who are naturally deficient and low in iron (like myself), cooking any vegetables and meats in a cast iron skillet is also an easy way to boost your iron intake! For this recipe, sautéing the garlic, onion and peppers is an option and not necessary, so if your crunched for time just skip it and simply throw everything in the slow-cooker. It was still turn out 100 percent delicious.
After you have thrown all of the ingredients into the slow-cooker you have option A) leaving on those festive pjs, cranking up the Michael Buble Christmas playlist on Spotify and lip-sinking your heart out for hours to your poor dog (Myla) OR option B) getting a life, getting dressed, leaving the house and if its Sunday for you maybe get that good ol’ christmas shopping list done and done! Just in time to come home to a bowl (or two) of this perfect winter-time Chili.
I wanted to create an extra chunky style chili that everyone in the family would love and enjoy. I chose to not use meat for the simple reasoning of having the option to throw everything into the pot without having to pre-cook any of the ingredients. Also, I know many people are constantly on the hunt for more plant-based, yet filling meals that they can enjoy throughout the work week for both lunch and dinner.
That is why I used a combination of high protein vegetables and a good amount of carbohydrates incorporating as well some gluten-free quinoa grain to soak up some of the liquid and again make it easier and more enjoyable as I know most like to make extra rice or grain on the side.
Once the chili is cooled, I personally like to meal-prep and distribute them evenly into glass bowls! Don’t forget about the toppings! My go-to favourites are parsley, skyr 0% yogurt, avocado slices, tortilla chips, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese!
(dairy-free) (gluten-free) (vegan)
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