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.
Tangy and fruity with eye-popping color! Fresh mango salsa is easy to make and perfect with fish or as the salsa in tacos. Quick, healthy and yummy!
This sweet and spicy mango salsa is delicious to serve with fish; a very popular topping for salmon, halibut, shrimp, tilapia or pangasius. Also great with Mexican food like nachos or tacos. You can even eat it with a spoon like a salad!
If you’re having a Mexican dinner party, serve nachos with two dips: fresh creamy guacamole and this light and fresh tropical mango salsa. Your friends will love it!
- 1 Mango
- 1 Red Onion (or 1 shallot or 3 spring onions)
- 1 Tomato (or 10 cherry tomatoes)
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Lime
- Fresh Cilantro
- Cut the mango, tomato into small cubes.
- Finely chop the red onion, red pepper and cilantro.
- Combine the mango, tomato, red pepper, red onion and cilantro leaves. Sprinkle over some lime juice and mix well.
- Optional: Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Optional: add some diced avocado for extra creaminess!
Tabbouleh (also known as Tabouli) is a healthy green authentic Lebanese salad. It’s made from bulgur, tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, and onion, seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
Highly nutritious with all the parsley; which is rich in vitamins A, C and K, and packed with flavonoids and antioxidants. If you want a gluten-free version, try substituting the Burgul with Quinoa.
In traditional Lebanese cuisine, Tabbouleh is usually served along with mezze, a selection of small dishes served at the beginning of a large-scale meal. It can be eaten in pita bread, scooped onto pita bread, or eaten traditionally with a fork.
Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad
- Bulgur (1/2 cup)
- Olive Oil (3 tbsp)
- Fresh Flat-leaf Parsley (2 cups finely chopped)
- Fresh Mint Leaves (1/2 cup finely chopped)
- Spring Onions (4 or 5 finely chopped)
- Cherry Tomatoes (10, cut in wedges)
- Fresh Lemon Juice (1/2 cup)
- Salt & Pepper
- Stir together bulgur and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heatproof bowl or pan. Pour 1 cup boiling water over, then cover with a lid and let stand 15 minutes. Drain in a sieve, pressing on bulgur to remove any excess liquid.
- Finely chop the flat-leaf parsley, mint and spring onions. Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves.
- Mix the bulgur with parsley, mint, onions and tomatoes. Sprinkle olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper on top.
- If you want a gluten-free version, try substituting the Bulgur with Quinoa.