Nothing hits the spot like a piping hot bowl of chili on a cold fall or winter day. If you’re looking for a healthier spin, this meat-less superfood chili is sure to please.
Some of the benefits of the ingredients include:
Turmeric: A staple in Indian food and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is most well known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms support immune system function. Bonus: studies show that replacing meat with mushrooms aids in weight loss.
Beans: High in protein and fiber, beans are a wonderful weight-loss food. They contain a variety of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Studies show that people who eat legumes regularly not only lower their risk of heart disease but shrink their waistline!
Time: 30 min
3-4 tbs. barleans coconut oil
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic
1 cup carrot, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chipotle chile powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 bay leaves
1 16 oz jar favorite salsa
2 cups veggie broth
2 15 oz cans chili beans (or choose a mix of pinto, kidney, and/or black beans)
1/2 cup of portobello mushrooms, diced
salt, to taste
- Heat pot over medium heat, add oil to coat bottom of pot.
- Saute onion for 3-4 minutes,until soft but not browned. Add garlic, and cook another 1-2 minutes. Next add the carrot, celery, and jalapeño, stirring well to coat in the oil. Cook about 7 minutes.
- Next, add all spices (except salt), salsa, and beans, and stir well. Add 1 cup of broth, allowing to cook down and for the liquid to be mostly absorbed, about 7 minutes. Add the additional cup of broth, and mushrooms if using, and continue cooking for another 8-12 minutes, until carrots and celery are soft, but not mushy. Salt to taste.
This chili is thick, but if you prefer a thinner, soupier version, simply add more vegetable broth until you reach your desired consistency.
Get the printable recipe here.
Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who helps people lose weight or clear up their acne by switching to a real food diet. She posts healthy recipes and meal plans at mariamarlowe.com. She has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, NBC, Well + Good, and more.