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.
Roasted Root Veggies
Today a classic root vegetable recipe: Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Beetroot. A three veggie side-dish that works well with many dishes.
Inexpensive and good for your health. Root vegetables are packed with antioxidants. They contain healthful fiber and slow-digesting carbohydrates, which make you feel full and help regulate blood sugar and the digestive system.
One of my favorite sides to any holiday meal or festive dinner. Hearty and warming. Soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. This is an easy perfect roasted veg dish.
Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Beets
- 4 Parsnips
- 4 Carrots
- 3 Beets
- 1 bulb Garlic
- 3 sprigs fresh Rosemary
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas6.
- Peel the parsnips, carrots and beetroots and slice lengthways (quarter).
- Transfer the veggies onto a large roasting tray. Spread them out evenly.
- Remove the garlic cloves from the bulb, leave unpeeled, bash them slightly and add to the veggies.
- Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary leaves.
- Put into the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
This Mediterranean Couscous Salad with roasted veggies is delicious!
A healthy salad that is super simple to put together and can easily be made in advance. Filled with yummy colorful ingredients like roasted eggplant, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, marinated mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, olives and feta cheese.
Yes, you will love this salad. It’s a genuine crowd-pleaser. Make it for your next dinner party or potluck gathering, people won’t be able to resist. Try eating this without a smile on your face
(You can make this dish gluten-free by swapping out the couscous for quinoa.)
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
- Couscous (1 ½ cup)
- 2 Garlic Gloves
- Olive Oil
- 1 Eggplant
- 1 Zucchini
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
- Mushrooms (10)
- Kecap Manis (3-4tbsp)
- Cherry Tomatoes (10)
- Olives (green olives and/or black olives such as Kalamata)
- Feta Cheese
- Baby Spinach Leaves (handful)
- 1 Lemon
- Salt and Pepper
- Bring 2 ½ cups water, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ tablespoon oil to boil in medium saucepan. Stir in 1 ½ cup couscous. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork. Set aside.
- Finely cut 2 garlic gloves. Cut the eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper into slices. Add some olive oil, the chopped garlic, eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper in a grill pan. Roast until tender. Remove, set aside.
- Add 3-4 tbsp kecap manis to the mushrooms. Bring to heat in a pan, cook until tender. Set aside.
- Quarter the cherry tomatoes. Halve the olives. Crumble the feta cheese.
- Gently mix all the ingredients; baby spinach leaves, couscous, eggplant, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Season with salt, pepper and some fresh lemon juice.
- Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.
- Gluten Free: use quinoa instead of couscous to make this recipe gluten free!