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.
The healthiest, best-tasting dessert. Quick and easy, only three ingredients. And the flavors mix perfectly!
Start off with a perfect ripe pineapple. Picking a perfect pineapple can be tricky. The leaves on the crown should look green, healthy and fresh. The pineapple should feel plump and firm. You can choose your pineapple based on the ease of pulling out a leaf from the top.
Fresh pineapple is an excellent source of manganese and Vitamin C, so delicious and nutritious on its own! But to turn it into a mouthwatering summer BBQ dessert, try grilling it with and serving it with some whipped coconut cream on the side. Fun for summer parties!
Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Cream
- 1 Pineapple, ripe
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 cup Coconut Cream
- (Optional: brown sugar/ ice cream)
- Whip the coconut cream and set aside in little bowls.
- Cut the pineapple into 6 wedges. Make sure to slice off the hard middle core.
- Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill or grill pan. Grill the pineapple pieces, on each side, until tender and golden (about 3-5 minutes).
- Sprinkle over some cinnamon and serve warm with whipped coconut cream on the side. Enjoy!
- If you're a real sweet tooth, sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
- Also delicious with a scoop of ice cream on the side!
Apricots are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber that are one of the first signs of summer. Moroccan couscous with apricots is a great dish as we get closer to summertime. Light, healthy, flavorful.
The sweetness of the apricots, the saltiness of the cheese, the crunchy bite from the almonds, sharp tangy spring onions, fresh cilantro and fluffy couscous with a hint of orange and cinnamon.
Just go outdoors to your favorite place to sit and relax, take a bite of Moroccan couscous and let the flavors do a happy dance on your tongue. It’s all good!
- Couscous (1cup / 200g)
- 1 Orange (zest)
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Dried Apricots
- 3 Spring Onions
- Fresh Cilantro
- White Cheese (Feta 100g)
- Grate the orange (only the colored part not the white skin underneath, as that part has a bitter taste to it.)
- Add the couscous, orange zest and a pinch of cinnamon in a bowl or pan. Add 2 cups of boiling water. Cover; let stand until water is absorbed, about 5-10 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork. Set aside.
- Finely chop the apricots, cilantro and spring onions. Crumble or cut the white cheese into cubes.
- Mix all the ingredients together. (couscous, apricots, spring onions, cilantro, white cheese & almonds).
- If you want a gluten-free version, try substituting the Couscous with Quinoa.