Guys, I love chili. Maybe a little too much. It is warming to the soul. And when you live in Wisconsin, you can eat it year round because winter never ends here. We are in the middle of a blizzard here in Wisconsin. Yes, you read that right. Blizzard in the middle of April.
I love this Chili because you can set it, and forget it. Plus, it makes a large batch. So, you can freeze the left overs for an easy meal another night.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours and 10 minutes
I used all 15 ounce cans for the beans
2 cans kidney beans
1 can navy beans
1 can great northern beans
1 can black beans
1 can cannellini beans
1 can red beans
2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
28 oz. water or vegetable broth
6 oz. tomato paste
1 10 oz. bag organic frozen corn
3 cloves minced garlic
1 large jalapeno diced
1 medium chopped onion
3 tbsp. organic chili powder
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 Bay leaves (REMOVE LATER)
1 tsp. cumin
This is my favorite part:
Combine all ingredients.
Cook on high for 5 hours (low 9 hours)
So. SIMPLE. I love recipes that you can just set and go. You can serve the chili over some quinoa or noodles. I love to top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Or you can add your favorite hamburger alternative too keep the meat lover in your life satisfied.
Who doesn’t love warm chocolate chip cookies? They are the best. I love eating the raw cookie dough just as much as the warm cookies. Nothing is better. This recipe is really easy to make, and taste amazing.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Rest Time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 12 Minutes
Makes 1 dozen cookies
Let’s talk egg alternatives. For this recipe, I use equal parts coconut oil and apple sauce. I have made this recipe more times than I would like to admit. It is a good thing my husband has a sweet tooth, and loves cookies.
I found that using only coconut oil makes the cookies greasy, and they dry out faster. Using only apple sauce makes the cookies too fluffy, and not chewy enough to be a cookie. By using equal parts, you get the perfect cookie. They are chewy, but don’t dry out because the applesauce keeps them moist.
If you want a chewier cookie, use 1/3 c. coconut oil and 1/4 c. apple sauce. If you want a fluffier cookie, use 1/3 c. apple sauce and 1/4 c. coconut oil.
1/2 c. organic cane sugar
3/4 c. packed organic brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 c. non-dairy milk (my favorite is almond for this recipe)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. unbleached organic flour (or gluten free alternative)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. vegan semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. vegan dark chocolate chips
Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift four and baking soda together in a mixing bowl.
Combine sugar, brown sugar, and salt.
Add melted coconut oil, applesauce, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract. Mix. (BONUS: add 1/2 c. peanut butter for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can use a natural peanut butter, or make your own. Recipe here.)
Fold in chocolate chips.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Form into golf ball size cookies
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
If you are looking for an easy vegan recipe to try, look no further. They are perfect for parties, potlucks, bake sales, Sunday afternoons, the possibilities are endless.
It is so simple to make your own, and cheaper to make it at home. Making your own peanut butter give you control of what ingredients you include. This peanut butter is the BEST peanut butter I have ever tasted. IT ONLY NEEDS 4 INGREDIENTS. So. Simple.
Let’s talk peanuts. I used unroasted, and roasted them at home.
Melt 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Pour over peanuts.
Mix in Salt
They roast best in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, mixing them about half way through. The longer you roast the peanuts, the more robust, deeper peanut flavor you get. Try to find someone who roasts and distributes peanuts locally if you cannot find unroasted peanuts.
1 lb. peanuts (it was about 2 cups)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp agave nectar (or honey)
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
Grind peanuts in a food processor. If you roast your own peanuts, let them cool for about 8 minutes. If your peanuts are a little warm, it makes for creamier peanut butter.
Grind the peanuts until they are roughly chopped. This took about 4 minutes for my food processor for creamy peanut butter. After about 2 minutes it was looking like chunky peanut butter.
Once the peanuts are roughly chopped, add melted coconut oil and agave nectar. (If you roasted your own peanuts, don’t add the coconut oil.) Continue processing. It will start to come together as peanut butter.
Store in the refrigerator
BONUS! I added 1 1/2 tsp. of vanilla for extra flavor.
You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 months
It takes 30 minutes to roast, cool, and make your peanut butter. It is SO worth it. Try it, and let me know what you think!
Week night meals can be a headache. There can be a mess to clean up, and during the week-ain’t nobody got time for that. This dish is SUPER easy to make, and even easier to clean up after. Also, it is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor-everyone will love it. You can eat it as a naked burrito, regular burrito, tacos, quesadillas, really anything. It makes for fun left overs you won’t get bored with. I love to eat this as tacos for dinner, and a naked burrito bowl for lunch the next day. My husband loves to add cheese, and make quesadillas the next day. The possibilities are endless.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
1/2 C. Red Quinoa
1/2 C. White Quinoa (You can just use 1 cup of your favorite quinoa)
1 Large White Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Bag (10 oz.) Frozen Organic Corn
2 15 oz Cans Black Beans
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
4 Medium Dried Red Pepper (1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes works just fine)
Rinse and Strain your Quinoa. You always want to rinse your quinoa to get rid of the saponin. Saponin is a natural coating on quinoa that sometimes makes it taste bitter or soapy.
In a medium sauce pan, put rinsed quinoa with 2 cups of water on Medium temperature.
Once Quinoa starts boiling, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 12 minutes.
Chop onion and garlic. Saute on medium high in a cast iron skillet. Salt and pepper to taste.
Once the onion and garlic is starting to caramelize, add frozen corn.
After the corn has been in the skillet for about 3 minutes, turn the temperature to high, and stir continuously. You want to get some color on the corn, but not burn it.
Rinse and add black beans
Turn off the heat
Add 1 tsp ground Cumin
Roughly chop dried red pepper, you just want to break it apart. (or add crushed red pepper flakes)
Add a little more salt and pepper
At this point, your quinoa should be done. Add to the cast iron skillet, and mix
Add the Zest and Juice of 2 Limes
Top with fresh Cilantro
I used corn tortillas, and put some fresh guacamole on top of my tacos. You can add all of your favorite taco condiments. It is SO. DANG. GOOD.
Let me know your favorite way to eat this AMAZING dish!