Excited, not afraid to hide it!
Whenever I manage a vegetarian version of a dish that’s as good or even better as the original, it always gets me really psyched up. This is one of them: a Chili sin Carne (a Chili without Meat) or my veggie chocolate bean chili recipe. Yes, you heard me right. Chocolate & Chili. Just linger on that thought for a moment. It’s good, isn’t it?
Then, when you’ve decided to start cooking, put on your favorite lazy sweatpants, because this is comfy food as comfy as it can get. Warm, hearty and flavorful. With a hint of cinnamon, rich chocolate and a punch of chilipepper, this makes a delicious bean chili.
Serve it with your favorites, for example tortilla, rice, cilantro, lime and a big dollop of yogurt, crème fraiche or sour cream. Yes, more please!
Veggie Chocolate Bean Chili
- 1 Red Onion
- 2-3 Garlic Gloves
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 Red Chilipepper
- 1 tsp ground Paprika
- 1 tsp dried Oregano
- 1 pinch of Cinnamon
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Parsnip
- 2 Bell Peppers (red & green)
- 2 sticks of Celery
- 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
- 2 cans Beans (kidney, butter, black or a mix)
- 1 1/2 ounces (50 gram) 70% Dark Chocolate
- pinch of Salt & Pepper
- Optional: tortilla's, rice, lime, fresh cilantro and a big dallop of yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche
- Start by preparing all the veggies. Finely chop 1 red onion, 2-3 garlic gloves, 1 chilipepper, 2 sticks of celery and 2 bell peppers. Peel and chop 1 carrot and 1 parsnip.
- Fry the chopped red onion and garlic in a hot pan with oil, until nearly brown.
- Add all dried spices & seasoning (1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 chopped fresh chilipepper, 1 tsp ground paprika, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 pinch of cinnamon). Let fry for a few minutes.
- Add the chopped veggies (1 carrot, 1 parsnip, 2 bell peppers en 2 sticks of celery) and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add 1 can chopped tomatoes and 2 cans of beans of your liking. Reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes more.
- Add 1 1/2 ounces (50g) of 70% dark chocolate, broken into pieces, and stir for 5 minutes until the chocolate has melted. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper.
- Serve with for example: tortilla's, rice, lime, fresh cilantro and a big dallop of yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche.
Holiday season is upon us! The days are getting shorter, the weather’s getting colder and Christmas is only a few weeks away. I just love to spend a cold winter day like this on the couch, curled up under a cozy blanket, reading a good book or catching up on my favorite series, with a nice cup of steaming hot chocolate! Rich, silky chocolate milk… Yum!
In this post a recipe to make-your-own hot chocolate on a stick. With just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can make a stash to last you all winter! Pour some milk in a cup, heat it up and give your little treat a try. The chocolates on a stick are also a fun edible holiday gift. Or, if you have major chocolate craving, just eat them like a luscious lollipop
For a guilt free healthy cup of cacao I recommend using dark chocolate (>70% cacao) and almond milk. Almond milk is a great substitute for dairy milk. It contains no cholesterol or lactose, is low in calories and fat, and rich in nutrients like fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, tryptophan, copper and calcium (Translation last 12 words = great stuff for your body ;)).
Hot Chocolate On A Stick
- Dark Chocolate (200g/7oz/1.1cups)
- 12 Lollipop Sticks (or bamboo sticks/wooden spoons)
- Silicone Mold
- Milk (preferable Almond Milk)
- Optional: topping such as cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, shredded coconut or other edible decorations.
- Break down the chocolate into small pieces. Heat the chocolate in a bowl, over a pot of simmering water (double boiler). Stirring constantly until the chocolate has fully melted.
- Spoon the melted chocolate into the mold.
- Add a lollipop stick to the center of each mold. You can let it thicken a minute if the stick won’t stay.
- Optional: add a topping of your liking, for example cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, shredded coconut or other edible decorations.
- Let it sit for a few hours for the chocolate to harden. Then carefully remove the chocolate from the mold.
- To make the hot chocolate: heat up some milk in a mug, place the chocolate lollipop in the hot milk and let it sit for 1-2 minutes (The ratio is 1 cocoa stick to 1 cup milk).