Chili doesn’t NEED meat, right?!

I think I need to work on developing a menu for myself.  Right now I am failing in the “knowing what to eat” department.  Every morning I start with a soy latte, so no change there, but that’s about where I plateau.  Yesterday I had a granola bar, some brussel sprouts and a bit of cous-cous.  That doesn’t sound very nutritionally sound to me.  Today, the latte, some rice chex, and a pita smothered in Goober* so far.  In my defense, I was pretty busy at work.  I’m trying to find a yummy recipe but have an unfortunate issue with tofu.  And does anyone know where to get dairy-free cheese??  I wonder if it’s as melty, gooey, and yummy as real cheese…?

So, I’m thinking Chili.

Maybe the boyfriend won’t give me such a hard time if there’s a yummy, healthy, vegan dish on the table waiting for him when he gets home  ;]

Ultimate Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

3 tablespoon olive oil
3 chopped onions
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 peppers, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large can, undrained, of tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1/2 cup bulgur
salt and pepper
cilantro (optional)


In a large pan, saute the onions and spices.  Add peppers and garlic for 1 min. Add cocoa, tomatoes, and water; bring to a boil. Add kidney and black beans, corn and bulgur.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 min. or until bulgur is cooked.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  To serve, sprinkle with  cilantro.

Amazing Corn Bread

1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1-3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 apple made into applesauce or 1/3 cup prepared
3/4 cup soy milk
2 egg whites equivalent (I used enerG)
1 15 oz can creamed corn


Preheat oven to 425. Spray an 8X8 pan and preheat. Mix all ingredients, pour batter into heated pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Refrigerate leftovers. Also freezes well.

*Goober = pre-mixed peanut butter and jelly, and I feel is like a guilty pleasure because it requires such little effort, and something tells me an adult should not be indulging in a product with such a name unless there are little gremlins running around…


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