Ultimate Vegan Chili – A Simple Freezer Meal!

Ultimate Vegan Chili

Chili is one of those meals that everyone loves, comforts you in time of need (like, endless Montreal winters in my case), is hearty and filling, and can be prepared in so many different ways.  I love my Spicy Bulgur Chili, but the recipe I am sharing with you today is more traditional, yet completely vegan and nutritious.  It’s packed with protein thanks to all our lovely beans and is bursting with flavour!  My husband and I love spicy food and we sometimes screw up by making things too spicy for the little guy, but in the case of this chili, the little guy thought it was great, and although it was kind of hot, he loved it. If you want it even less spicy, ease off on the chili powder. 🙂

Also, we used a vegan ‘veggie ground’ in this recipe, but it’s completely optional.  The flavours are amazing without it, as we’ve done it both ways and they are both equally good.  You can add an extra can of beans if you are not using the veggie ground.

Finally, this makes a HUGE amount of chili.  We always prepare it in our huge chili pot, and freeze, freeze, freeze! It makes amazing leftovers, and takes the stress out of figuring out what’s for dinner.  Simply reheat on the stove top whenever you’re in the mood for a big bowl of chili. Now, if you don’t want to make enough for an army, go ahead and scale down the recipe by half.  You will still end up with enough to serve about 6 people.

Ultimate Vegan Chili

Ultimate Vegan Chili
Serves 10
A delicious and warming vegan chili that is nutritious and packed with protein. A recipe large enough to freeze for those nights you just don't feel like cooking.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 5 medium onions, chopped
  3. 4 large carrots, chopped
  4. 6 celery stalks, chopped
  5. 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  6. 3 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  7. 2 1/2 cups red kidney beans (canned/drained or dry/soaked/cooked)
  8. 2 1/2 cups black beans (canned/drained or dry/soaked/cooked)
  9. 1 1/2 cups organic corn niblets
  10. 2 packs (12oz each) meatless veggie ground (optional; can substitute with an extra can of beans of choice)
  11. 6 tablespoons chili powder
  12. 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro (plus torn leaves for topping)
  13. 2 teaspoons sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery; cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, corn, veggie ground, chili powder, cilantro and salt. Stir well and simmer over low heat, stirring occassionally.
  2. The chili will thicken and be ready in 40 minutes, but if you have time to allow it to cook longer, the flavours will be even better (approx. 1 hour, 30 minutes is great).
  3. Serve in bowls and garnish with torn cilantro leaves and a side of organic tortillas if you wish!
Notes
  1. This chili freezes very well and is excellent for leftovers (hence the huge yield!). Store in a freezer-safe glass container until ready to use. Simply reheat in a pot on the stove top over medium heat.
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Ultimate Vegan Chili

 Ultimate Vegan Chili

Summer Chickpea Salad with Chive Blossom Vinaigrette

Summer Chickpea Salad 

Hello all!  I hope you have been enjoying your summer.  It’s been beautiful in Montreal, and with the summer season being so short, I’ve been spending much less time behind the computer screen and more time camping, picnicking, playing in the park, and running through sprinklers with my boy.  So I hope you understand my slight absence from here. 🙂  And I hope you’ve been eating great nonetheless!  We just came back from a week of camping (and a bit of indulging on vegan sausages and campfire marhsmallows) so we’re back on track and feeling great – energizing with green smoothies and plant-based, whole meals.  When we returned, my chive blossom vinegar that I’ve been working on was vibrant, aromatic and ready to be used!  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the life cycle of the vinegar, starting off with chive flowers from the garden mixed with white wine vinegar and canned for a couple of weeks. The process is so simple, and then you are left with a delicious vinegar to add to your summer salads.  I just love the colour so much, too!

The first salad the chive blossom vinaigrette was paired with is this summer chickpea salad.  It’s probably one of the easiest salads you can whip up, and the ingredients are filled with protein and nutrients.  My son would not stop saying how delicious it was, so when your five year old is happy, I think it’s worth sharing. 🙂

I’ll get straight to the vinegar recipe, and then the chickpea salad recipe below.  Enjoy, everyone, and have a happy Monday. 

I also wanted to mention that I have a great giveaway coming up for a bag of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics.  I just received mine and I’ve been busy making smoothies and such and they were very generous in offering one lucky ready a free bag and free shipping as well (it’s sold exclusively on Amazon).  So, come back soon. 🙂

Thank you for reading,

Sophia xx

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Chive Blossom Vinegar
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups chive blossoms, stems discarded
  2. 1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place the flowers in a large bowl of cold water and swish them around to remove any dirt or bugs. Pour the flowers into a colander and strain the excess water.
  2. Place the flowers into a mason jar. Pour the vinegar into the jar just enough to submerge the flowers. Place a small piece of parchment paper over the jar, then close the jar with the lid. You don't want the vinegar to come in contact with the metal as it will change the flavour of your vinegar.
  3. Allow the vinegar to steep for a minimum of 2 weeks, the longer the better. (The one pictured here was steeped for 1 month). Place the jar in a cool, dark place and allow it to brew.
  4. When the vinegar has brewed, pour it through a fine sieve into a glass bottle, and discard the flowers.
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 Summer Chickpea Salad

Summer Chickpea Salad with Chive Blossom Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - 19oz can organic chickpeas
  2. 4 lebanese cucumbers - chopped
  3. 2 small red bell peppers - chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  5. 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
  6. 1/4 cup pepita seeds
  7. Vinaigrette
  8. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  9. juice of half a lemon
  10. 4 tablespoons chive blossom vinegar (see recipe in post above)
  11. 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  12. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  13. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a jar, cover, and shake vigorously to combine all ingredients.
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Summer Chickpea Salad

Baked Quinoa Burger Patties + Lemon Tahini Sauce

I was browsing the net today and stumbled upon a photo of Montreal taken on this day in 1976, and it was a fun springtime photo on the top of Mont-Royal on a balmy day of 22 degrees. Today, however, we woke up to MORE snow, and I realized Mother Nature is getting a real kick out of this endless winter weather joke! We just inherited a barbeque from my hubby’s father, and we are dying to use it. I’ve been dreaming up summertime meals, and barbequed burgers and veggies are on the top of that list.
Baked Quinoa Burgers

Well, it was kind of freezing cold this evening, so burgers we had, but I baked them in the oven. That’s not to say they didn’t turn out really delicious, we are just really looking forward to days that are too hot for the oven to be on!
I’m always on the quest for a delicious veggie burger, and these ones were really tasty with a great texture with a little crunch thanks to the quinoa and I’m happy to say, held their shape really well! Although I used a flax egg to bind them, they didn’t feel like a sticky enough texture, so I added in 1 boiled, mashed potato and it really did the trick in keeping all the ingredients nicely held together.

Baked Quinoa Burgers
The lemon tahini dressing is so quick to whip up and is the ideal sauce for these patties. It is creamy, vibrant, and highlights the Middle Eastern flavours of this burger.

Baked Quinoa Burgers
Of course, you don’t have to eat these quinoa patties on a burger bun, they are delicious on their own with a side of salad, or tucked in a pita with of course, lemon tahini sauce poured overtop.  They are honestly even great if you pop them in your mouth cold!  Lots of options, you do what you’re in the mood for!
Let’s get to the recipe. 🙂

Baked Quinoa Burgers + Lemon Tahini Sauce
Yields 10
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. Baked Quinoa Burger Patties
  2. 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed in bowl
  3. 2 cups fresh spinach
  4. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  5. 1 medium sized potato, cubed and boiled
  6. 1/2 cup onion, minced
  7. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  13. Lemon Tahini Sauce
  14. 1/4 cup tahini
  15. 1/4 cup water
  16. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  17. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  18. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the flax egg by combining 2 tablespoons ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons water in a bowl. Whisk, then place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
  3. Steam spinach for 4-5 minutes over 1-2 inches of simmering water. Remove from heat, reserving the water to boil your potato. Rinse spinach with cold water, then squeeze dry. Finely chop the spinach, then place it in a large bowl along with the quinoa.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, flax egg, potato, flour, baking powder, salt, cumin, and pepper to the bowl of quinoa/spinach. Mix well to combine.
  5. Shape into 10 patties and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, flip them over, then bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown and firm.
  7. While the patties are baking, prepare your sauce. Combine tahini, water, lemon juice, salt and garlic powder in bowl. Whisk, then pour into a jar so you can store leftovers.
  8. To assemble, place quinoa burger patty in a whole wheat burger bun, add your favourite fresh toppings and pour lemon tahini sauce overtop.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Really, Really Easy Chocolate Mousse

As the title says, it simply doesn’t get easier than this recipe and let me tell you, it is a silky, smooth, decadent chocolate mousse.  It’s the chocolate mousse you would expect, made with not so typical ingredients.  No eggs, no heavy cream, no white sugar.  Instead, think high protein, dreamy chocolate dessert.  I hope you give this one a try, it’s too easy not to!

Really, Really Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Makes 3-4 small servings

Ingredients:

  • 375 grams silken tofu
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder

Directions:

  • In a food processor, whiz the tofu until it is a smooth consistency.
  • Melt chocolate chips and add to the tofu, along with the cacao.  Give it another whirl.
  • Spoon into dessert bowls and chill in fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Top with a few berries and enjoy!

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