My family and I are always on a mission to eat more vegetables on a regular basis. Let's be real, I think we all are on that same conquest. Not to say we don't enjoy a lovely animal protein-based meal, and we oftentimes find ourselves having my classic turkey meatballs with bone broth rice and veggies. We LOVE food, but we also know how important it is to balance out our diets and lifestyles with ample servings of veggies. I've become good friends with a few vegan bloggers, and I've dabbled in vegan meals and recipes a few years ago. After having conversations with friends who are predominately vegan, I've decided we are moving in the veggie direction. I don't think my family will ever fully adopt a vegan lifestyle, but having vegan or plant-based meals on a regular basis is our goal.
This vegan chili came to me on a night where I had no clue what I wanted to make for dinner. Browsing the aisles of Trader Joe's, I found a bag of this delicious frozen green garbanzo bean and lentil mix, and decided this would be a great addition to a chili. I also knew that I wanted to make this a hearty chili, so I threw in a can of beans, a half of a sweet potato, some vegetable broth, and let it simmer on a low flame for several hours. The end result was a thick, flavorful, vegetarian-based chili, almost like a veggie stew, but with the most insane flavor profiles. I've made this a couple times after that, and since then have perfect the balance of seasonings and added in a sautéed shallot because everything tastes better with sautéed shallot. My favorite thing about this hearty vegan chili is the added lentils and sweet potato: you literally do not miss the beef (or turkey - that version is here).
Now that we've discovered this vegan chili, and just how tasty it is, we will be making this part of our rotation. Healthy, hearty, and super satisfying, I know this vegan chili will be part of your recipe rolodex in no time. My son is not the biggest fan of stews or chilis yet, but I think that's likely because he is learning how to eat it. We are incredibly grateful that he loves watching me in the kitchen and tries new foods with minimal hesitation, and cannot wait for the day when he starts exploring his culinary roots with me. It'll be truly bittersweet.
Looking for a way to incorporate more veggies in your weekly menu? Make this vegan chili and you won't even miss the meat. Hearty, flavorful, and packed with veggies, I promise this one is a keeper all year round.
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