Monday, January 12, 2009

What's Cooking

Friends, this is my empty lunch bowl...It WAS Sweet Potato Lentil Chili and it was delicious! I have shared the recipe before, but it was long ago at the beginning of my blogging at which time many of you had not yet started to visit me here. SO I'm going to post it again in case you missed it! You know, I really need to start categorizing my posts...wouldn't that be nice? It's one of my 2009 goals for sure.

Anyhoo, the chili is one of our favorite dishes and my beautiful Love really outdid himself this time around by adding some additional spices and whatnot. But of course, it was just a little of this and a little of that with nothing written down :), but here is the basic recipe that we originally got from a VegNews issue I do believe.

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili (Serves 6)

(1) T - Olive Oil
(1 3/4) Cups - Onion, finely chopped
(1) Cup - Celery, finely chopped
(1) Pd - orange-fleshed Sweet Potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
(3) - large cloves of Garlic, minced
(1) tsp - Sea Salt (Celtic is very good for you!)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
(2) tsp - Chili Powder
(1) tsp - Paprika
(1/2) tsp - Nutmeg
(1/2) tsp - Cumin
(1/4) tsp - Cinnamon
(1/2) tsp - Red Chili Flakes
(1 1/4) cups - Red Lentils, rinsed (soaked is better for digestion)
(2 1/2) cups - Water
(1) - 28 oz. can crushed Tomatoes
(1) - 15 oz. can Black Beans, rinsed and drained (or dried equivalent, soaked and cooked)
(2) - Bay Leaves
(3) T - Lime Juice
Lime wedges (for serving) if so desired...

1.) In large pot over medium heat, add oil, onions, celery, sweet potatoes, garlic, s & p, chili powder, paprika, nutmeg, cumin, cinnamon, and red chili flakes. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 mins, stirring occasionally.

2.) Add lentils, tomatoes, water, beans and bay leaves. Stir and increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Then lower heat and simmer for 25 mins until sweet potatoes and lentils are soft (or longer if you want), stirring occasionally.

3.) If adding, stir in lime juice, and season to taste with s & p. Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a great weekend by the way! Thank you for everyone's comments on The Green Bible. It seemed like the overall consensus was that you thought it was a good thing as long as it was the same message, which it is, and which I wholly agree with!! More than anything I think, I'm just happy The Word is being printed on recycled paper now!

OH and a question that has come up a couple of times is about the hat Lovebug was wearing two posts ago...YES it's from an Etsyian (OF COURSE:) and to be precise, Comfed Out Kaiser . I love it too as the colors are beautiful and all the yarn was organic. Anyway, she was wonderful to buy from so check her out if you're looking for something similar. Happy Monday!


Maria Rose said...

Man, there have been several good vegan chili recipes on the Internet lately. Maybe I need to declare a chili week and try them all out.

Kotori said...

This sounds delicious - I have a pile of yams I just got from my organic co-op that are screaming to be made... perhaps into chili!! Great recipe - can't wait to try it out!

jennz said...

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Greg, Jessy, Grace, Jack, Nora, and Lexi said...

Fabulous! I am writing down my grocery list right now. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes!

Jessica said...

Sweet potatoes and lentils...oh boy! This sounds delicious!

Laura said...

Yum... this looks soooo good! I never would have thought to mix sweet taters with lentils but it sounds very complimentary... thanks for sharing.

Thimbleina said...

That chilli sounds really tasty, I shall have to try it