Veg Out

Four Bean Chili

This is THE BEST comfort food, no guilt required. We make this in big batches (double or even triple the recipe) and freeze some so that we always have it on hand through the winter months. 

 
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What You'll Need:

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

2 jalapeno peppers, minced
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 15-oz can chopped tomatoes
4 cans beans, any variety, rinsed and drained*

1 can filtered water (just use an empty bean can, obvi)


2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano

1 tsp sea salt
1/2 c local honey


Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until aromatic. 

Add remaining ingredients, bring to a low simmer.

Cover and cook on low for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.


Serves 6. Perfect topped with a light sprinkle of raw cheese, a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Corn and Black Bean Chowder

I will never forget the first time Chris and I made this soup.  Shortly after we first met, we picked our farm share, after spending the day at a wine tasting.

 We felt inspired by all of the fresh summer corn in our share, continued "tasting," and went to work.  Needless to say, we awoke in the morning to find a lot of corn kernels on the kitchen floor.  This soup best fresh, but can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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What You'll Need:

2 c onion, minced

olive oil

1 sweet bell pepper, chopped

4 c veggie stock 

1 potato, chopped 

4 c corn kernels (best sliced right from the cob! 

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 

salt and pepper to taste

1 c pastured half and half, or unsweetened milk of choice


Saute onion in large soup pot with olive oil until aromatic.  

With an exception of the milk, add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.  Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, stir in milk.  If you're feeling spicy, sprinkle with crushed red pepper and ENJOY! <3 


Serves 4 as a main, 6 as a side. 

Thai Rice Bowls

Buddha bowls are a super trendy thing now.  The name for this grain based bowls inspired by Buddhist monks and nuns, have been eating this way for over two thousand years.   I'm feeling grateful for this super healthy, balanced meal inspiration, which always offers a colorful balance of plants, additional fiber, healthy fats and protein!

 
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What You'll Need:

For the dressing:
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
2 1/2 Tbsp all natural peanut butter (no Jiff here guys, like for real)
1 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
squeeze Sriracha

1 block tofu, sliced lengthwise and pressed*
2 c cooked brown rice
1 sweet bell pepper, diced
2 c cabbage, thinly sliced (use purple cabbage to make this plate pop even more!)
1 c fresh cilantro, chopped
2 c lettuce greens, chopped


1/4 c peanuts


*Press tofu by layering on a plate: tea towel, tofu, tea towel, something heavy-ish. Allow it it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes, or even overnight in the refrigerator.


Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Prepare and arrange ingredients in a large bowl or dinner plate.  Drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with peanuts, and DIVE IN!

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Serves 4.