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Veggie Chili Challenge

When you don’t have a lot in your pantry, except some cans of veggies, a bag of beans, and herbs and spices, anyone would tell you to go shopping…But…The creative cook will always make something out of “nothing”.

I was asked by an acquaintance, if I only have in my pantry:
1 can of organic stewed tomatoes
1 yam
1 can of chickpeas
1 bag of split mung beans
1/2 an onion
some celery
brown rice
olive oil
herbs and spices

…and I didn’t want to go shopping, what could I make? Make a vegetarian chili! ~ Kimberly Edwards

Type: Main
Serve With: Fresh and crusty bread, brown rice, tortillas
Prep Time: ~ 1 hr
Cook Time: ~ 25 min
Yield: Enough for 4 people


1. Rinse split mung beans under cold water, and boil until tender, ~1 hr.

* Tip: It would be better to soak the mung beans overnight. This would decrease cook time.

* Tip: Do not add salt or any acid, as this may prolong cooking time.

2. Chop onion, slice celery, and yam and saute in a large stock pot over medium heat.

3. Once soft, add stewed tomatoes, as you crush them (squish them through your fingers), including juice.

4. Add softened mung beans, and can of chickpeas with the liquid from the can.

* Tip: Add the liquid the chickpeas are in to help thicken the chili.

5. Add herbs and spices, and stir to evenly disperse all ingredients.

6. Once everything is incorporated, serve over brown rice.

* Tip: You may want to make enough rice for 6 servings, just in case there is left over chili for the next day! 😀

* Tip: You may even want to omit the rice altogether, and serve the chili alone.

* Tip: If you have sour cream, serve with a dollop on top, and fresh bread.

7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:
Using organic ingredients is better for you. This is a pretty nutritious alternative for chili.

I hope this helped my friend. It should be delicious!

Eat Deliciously,

Kimberly Edwards 😀

P.S. If you are a vegetarian, or just love chilis like we do, check this awesome book out:

The Vegetarian Chili Cookbook: 80 Deliciously Different One-Dish Meals
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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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