Veggie Chocolate Bean Chili

Vegetarian Chocolate Bean Chili

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
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Red Onion
  2. 2-3 Garlic Gloves
  3. 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  4. 1 Red Chilipepper
  5. 1 tsp ground Paprika
  6. 1 tsp dried Oregano
  7. 1 pinch of Cinnamon
  8. 1 Carrot
  9. 1 Parsnip
  10. 2 Bell Peppers (red & green)
  11. 2 sticks of Celery
  12. 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  13. 2 cans Beans (kidney, butter, black or a mix)
  14. 1 1/2 ounces (50 gram) 70% Dark Chocolate
  15. pinch of Salt & Pepper
  16. Optional: tortilla's, rice, lime, fresh cilantro and a big dallop of yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Fry the chopped red onion and garlic in a hot pan with oil, until nearly brown.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the chopped veggies (1 carrot, 1 parsnip, 2 bell peppers en 2 sticks of celery) and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add 1 can chopped tomatoes and 2 cans of beans of your liking. Reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes more.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve with for example: tortilla's, rice, lime, fresh cilantro and a big dallop of yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche.
  8. Enjoy!
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Portobello Pizza

 

Portobello Pizza

Delizioso!

Have yourself a guilt-free, gluten-free pizza!

Portobello mushrooms make pretty delicious substitutes for pizza crust. Packed with the same intense flavors as the standard pizza pie but minus the calories. Just stuff the portebello caps with all of your favorite Italian pizza toppings. Make a portobello hawai pizza, a portobello caprese pizza, or whatever makes you happy ;)

These mini mushroom pizzas are so good!

Portobello - Pizza

 

Portobello Pizza
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large Portobello Mushrooms
  2. 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)
  4. 1/4 Red Onion
  5. Mozzarella (or vegan cheese)
  6. Fresh Basil
  7. 1 tsp dried Oregano
  8. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Remove stems from Portobello mushrooms. Clean the mushrooms by gently wiping the outside of the caps with kitchen paper or brushing any dirt off with a soft brush. Lightly brush caps with olive oil. Place the mushrooms on a baking tray, gills facing up. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Take you mushrooms out of the oven, you’ll notice they’re filled with liquid. Just take a paper towel and dab each of them to remove the liquid. Top the mushrooms caps with tomato sauce, minced red onion, cheese, oregano, salt and pepper. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened and the cheese is melted.
  4. Garnish each pizza with fresh basil and serve immediately.
  5. Enjoy!
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Veggie Lasagna (no pasta, no meat, low-carb and gluten-free!)

Vegetable_LasagnaSecret mission unraveled: I’ve been on a quest to discover the perfect veggie lasagna.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pasta lover. But let’s be honest: pasta isn’t the most nutritious stuff around. So I’ve tried to find a way to capture the essence of lasagna, well… without actually using pasta. Does that make sense? ;)

On the hunt for perfection, it took me some time to come up with this recipe. But I’m really happy with how it turned out. So, I’m very excited to present to you: The Ultimate Vegetable Lasagna! No pasta, no meat, low-carb and gluten-free!

Instead of being just grains, meat and dairy – this recipe is almost entirely made from vegetables. Layers of eggplant and zucchini, with a rich sauce of tomato, onion, garlic and oregano, and a creamy soft ricotta layer in between. It might fool you in thinking you’re actually eating pasta!

As a final test I’ve even served it to my number one critic: my hubby. His first response: “Wow, this tastes really good. It’s like a lasagna, but then with vegetables!’ Check, mission succeeded!

Veggie Lasagna (no pasta/meat, low carb & gluten free)
Serves 3
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Eggplant/Aubergine (preferable 1regular & 1Sicilian)
  2. 1 Zucchini
  3. 1 Red Onion
  4. 2 Garlic Cloves
  5. Tomato Sauce (2 2/3 cup / 21.2oz / 600g)
  6. Oregano
  7. Salt/Pepper
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Ricotta (1 cup / 8.8oz / 250g)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Cut of the stems and wash the eggplants and zucchini. Cut them into thin slices.
  3. Prepare the sauce: finely chop the garlic cloves and onion. Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, some salt, pepper and oregano. Cook 3-5min. Add the tomato sauce. Stir until all the flavors are absorbed into the tomato sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  4. Construct your lasagna in a large oven tray. Aim to make 5 layers; 3 vegetable layers and 2 sauce layers. (Layer 1:) Start with a layer made with 1/3 of the eggplant/zucchini. (Layer 2:) Add a layer with halve of the tomato sauce. (Layer 3:) Follow with a layer of vegetables, again 1/3. (Layer 4:) Pour in the remaining halve of the tomato sauce and sprinkle over all the ricotta. (Layer 5:) End with a final layer of vegetables.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the veggies are tender and the ricotta cheese has melted.
  6. Enjoy!
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