• Jen

    This is my favorite veggie chili recipe, got it from the restaurant I work at. Turns out it is also vegan! Best thing is it doesn’t have to Also, makes a ton, so you may want to change the servings.

    3 tbsp olive oil
    1/8 tsp chili powder
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 ½ oz sugar
    2 carrots, diced
    2 tbsp BBQ sauce
    2 green bell peppers, chopped
    6lbs crushed tomatoes, canned
    2 yellow onions, diced
    2 cans kidney beans, rinsed & drained
    2 jalapeños, seeded & chopped
    1 can pinto beans, rinsed & drained
    1 ½ tsp ground cumin
    1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
    1 ½ tsp salt
    1 can tomato paste
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 zucchini, chopped

    Put oil in pot and cook with garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, onions, green and jalapeño peppers (optional). Cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Add spices, crushed tomatoes, beans, and tomato paste and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add chopped zucchini and simmer for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Wow, that recipe sounds great! And perfect for Fall.

  • http://www.kundhi.com julie k

    I’ve noticed a difference in how fast vs. slow food makes my family feel. We try very hard to cook as much as we can from scratch. Even if we use a few convenience ingredients, it’s still better than fast food. I guess there’s a reason someone named it “junk food.”

  • http://smells-delicious.blogspot.com Lily

    I’d like to add a suggestion: use a menu.

    Making a weekly menu seriously enhances the likelihood of avoiding prepackaged and take out food. It only takes 15-20 minutes a week and saves you boat loads of time. I plan each meal plus snacks so we don’t have to think about what to grab when we have to take all our meals with us to work or school. It also helps you use up what you have, since you can plan your meals around what’s available from your garden, CSA, or farmers market, thereby reducing waste and saving you money. I talk more about the reasons I love menus as well here: http://smells-delicious.blogspot.com/2009/01/frugal-food-making-menu-plus-my.html