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Meatless Monday Recipe for 12/17/12: Cozy Cashew Chili

Cozy-Cashew-ChiliBrrrrr….baby, it’s cold outside! It’s time to take the chill out of the air and warm yourself up in the process. But first you’ll need a few essential items. Let’s see…fireplace? Check. Thick snuggly blanket? Check. Fuzzy slippers? Check. Okay, you’re almost set. But wait…something’s missing. A nice, hot, hearty meal!

Wouldn’t a comforting, steaming bowl of chili be good right about now? You can satisfy that craving for comfort food and still adhere to your Meatless Monday mantra with this meatless twist on chili. That unexpected twist that you’ll find in this recipe is the addition of cashews and raisins. Add some heat to that chili with this amazing chili.

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Cozy Cashew Chili

(Serves 6)

  • 1 cup water, heated
  • ½  cup textured vegetable protein*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ½ cup scallions, chopped and divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar**
  • or
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

*a protein based meat substitute found in health food stores or the health food or meat section of most grocery stores.

** Agave (ah-Gah-vay) nectar is similar in taste & texture to honey but has a lower impact on blood sugar when compared other sweeteners. Agave can be found in the health food or specialty food aisle of most grocery stores.

Place the textured vegetable protein (TVP) into the warm water and let sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

Place the olive oil in a large skillet with a fitted lid over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and 6 tablespoons of the scallions and sauté for 1 minute.

Season with the chili powder and chipotle powder, stir to combine, and cook 1 minute more. Add the TVP and soaking water, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, cashews, raisins and agave nectar or maple syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for at least 30 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped scallions and enjoy!

[This hearty recipe appears on Bon Vivant by way of Stephanie  from The Recipe Renovator and compliments of MeatlessMonday.]

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