Chili, mmmmm! Chili is so delicious and is even better when it is healthy, without the extra high cholesterol and fat. Going from chunkalicious to curvaceous requires cutting back on fat, not flavor! Chili can be done with different types of beans, however, I enjoy lentil chili the best. A pot of chili can go a long a way and can be used for other meals. It's also inexpensive to make. This is especially good for a busy mama looking for healthy alternatives for her family. Check out these easy lentil chili recipes. Enjoy!
Pot-O-Chili w/ Lentils
2 bags of 1 lb. lentils
1/2 stick of butter
1 large onion
1 garlic bulb
1 green pepper
4 whole celery sticks
5 vine tomatoes
3 tblsp. of cumin
3 tblsp. of chili powder
2 tblsp. of curry
3 tblsp. of sea salt
2 tblsp. of white pepper
1 tblsp. of Agave
1 tblsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 large pot of hot structured or purified water
First put on a large pot of structured or purified water. Give the water a couple of shakes of sea salt to bring to a faster boil. Once the pot of water is boiling, add 2 bags of cleaned lentils and cover with a lid..Lentils will take approximately 45- 50 minutes to cook on high heat. Stir occasionally. As lentils begin to thicken, turn down heat to medium.
Heat a large skillet on medium. Add 1/2 stick of butter and melt. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery. Sautee the vegetables in the butter coating the vegetables. Give 1 dash of sea salt. Add 5 tblsp. of structured/ purified water, turn the eye to medium- low and cover. Once veggies are tender and lentils have thickened, add veggies to the pot of lentils.
Season, season, season! Add the above said seasonings and stir. By now your lentils have thickened and will hold the flavor. Turn the fire to low for simmering. Add chunky chopped tomatoes.
Taste! Some like spice and some may like a salty bite. You can adjust some things to suit your preference. Enjoy with rice topped with cheese. Add salsa and sour cream/ vegenaise and savor!
Again, the wonderful addition to making a pot of lentils is that it can stretch and be used in other meals. Anyone for Chili Cheese Franks! Vegetarian, thank you.
Vegetarian Chili Cheese Franks
( serves 4, 2 franks per person )
1 pk-Field Roast Veggie Franks
4 cups of Cheddar Cheese
8 cups of lentil chili
8 whole wheat hot dog buns
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups diced onion
2 tblsp. of corn oil
Heat a skillet on high heat. Add corn oil to skillet. Add veggie franks. Consistently roll the franks to allow for them to get brown. Reheat your lentils. Get your hot dog buns ready because it is all about to go down! After the franks have browned, place them in hot dog buns, top with lentil chili, diced tomatoes, onions and cheese and it's ready, set, go! This is a quick and appetizing meal. You can easily adjust the portion size for any event!
Mamas spend maybe 30% of their lives in the kitchen or more. Sometimes we can get burned out and may need to mix it up a little. Continue to check out my blog for time savvy, easy on the waist meals!