25 Minute Vegan Chili - Easy, High Protein, Delicious
I'm a sucker for a quick recipe. Don't get me wrong I of course love cooking some times you just get those days where you get home from work and you are just exhausted and you just want a quick and easy meal to fill your belly and warm your soul. This recipe will do just that!
Chili has always been something that I loved but struggled to prefect. This may be due to my picky boyfriend complaining every time I made chili because he "doesn't like beans".
So for this recipe my challenge was to make something my boyfriend would like, which meant making my chili bean free. I know what you are thinking, how can a chili recipe have no beans? Or you might be thinking how can chili not have meat? You should try this recipe & I promise you you will not be missing any beans or any meat for that matter!
What makes this recipe a high protein filling meal is 2 key ingredients. Lentils & Chickpeas (I googled them and they are not beans technically). Lentils and chickpeas are both protein packed staples for most vegans. Also they make great substitutes for meat in lots of recipes and not to mention they are easy to prepare and cheap as eff.
I did go for the canned versions of this products for this recipe. I wanted to keep it quick, simple, and easy (That's just the kind of girl I am! lol). I did debate breaking out my instant pot to make my chickpeas or lentils from dried but it was in the dishwasher from using it the say before and there was no way I was taking it out to hand wash it. #lazy
But if you do want to go for the more wholefood not processed at all route I highly recommend an instant pot, It's great for cooking dried beans, lentils, and rice in a fraction of the time.
Recipe Hack: When frying your onions omit oil! Just fry with water. I know I'm a broken record with this but you don't need oil to fry onions, who knew! Just use 1/8-1/4 cup of water and add more as need so nothing burns on!
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Delicious - Vegan - High Protein - 1 Pot Meal
Prep time: 5-10 mins - Cook time: 10-15 mins - Serves: 2-3
- 1 Onion, Chopped
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
- ~5 Mushrooms, Chopped
- 1 Can Lentils (I used Primo Brand, 540 mL)
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (I used Alymers Accents with Garlic & Olive Oil, 540 mL)
- 1 Can Chickpeas (I used Graves, 398 mL can)
- 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- Pepper to Taste
- ~ 1 Tsp Sriracha sauce (or to taste/Optional)
1. In a pot stir fry Onions, Garlic, & Mushrooms with a few tbsp of water until onions are soft. This should take about 5 Minutes.
2. Add Your lentils, Tomatoes, & Spices and stir to combine.
3. To make the mixture a little thicker, Use an immersion blender or potato mashes to break up the lentils and tomatoes a bit. Careful not to over mash/blend. You still want your mushrooms and most of your lentils to stay intact.
4. After some mashing/blending add in your chickpeas and your desired amount of srircha (if using)
5. Simmer for 5-10 mintues just to heat the chickpeas through and let the flavours combine and serve!
This recipes goes great with some vegan garlic bread & topped with your favorite vegan cheese (I used a little gusta cheese on mine). You can also try some vegan cashew Parmesan cheese which is in my goulash recipe right here :)
One thing I love about this recipe is it's so versatile (Like with most chili recipes).
So if you want to add beans add beans, or if you want to add a handfull of spinach that would work great aswell!
I know chili isn't a challenging recipe. But like I've said in some of my other easy recipe blog posts I just want to get back to the basics and show you that eating plant based doesn't mean spending hours in the kitchen, spending a ton of money, or never eating your favorite foods ever again. This recipe takes next to no time to prepare and it's hearty, healthy, and super tasty!
If you try this recipe please share it with me, I've lot to hear about it! What's your favorite thing to add to chili? Or is there a common ingredient in chili that you can't stand? Let me know in the comments or contact me on any social media :)
All the best,
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