A Plant-Based Chili for Everyone


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I have always been a veggie lover so when certain people started touting the plant-based way of eating I was already on board. By the way, to my way of thinking plant-based is a kinder, gentler way of saying “vegan”. For some odd reason “vegan” has become somewhat of a pejorative term. I’m not sure why but “vegan” is associated with militant, in-your-face, meat-shaming folks who might belong to PETA. And I don’t mean the bumper sticker that says People Eating Tasty Animals.

I think plant-based is a more accurate term. People have all sorts of ideas about what veganism means and plant-based describes that way of eating better. So, when we recently found ourselves watching the documentary “The Game Changers,” I took that as a jumping off point to try to persuade my meat and potatoes husband to eat less meat and more vegetables. Would he try this at least one day a week I asked? Yes, he said. I like beans. And he does. So off we go. We’re calling it Meatless Monday.

Over the next few weeks I am going to embark on a discovery of meatless meals that a vegetable-eschewing, meat-loving person might like to eat. Yes, I forgot to add that not only does he love meat but he also does not like vegetables. Really; for truly, the only vegetable he will eat besides iceberg lettuce is the potato. Will this be a Mission Impossible? No sirree Bob! I’m stubborn and do not give up easily.

My first recipe is a no-brainer. I’m going to make a Meatless Bean Chili with a ton of vegetables. I’ve figured out how to make it so he won’t go in like he always does and pick out the vegetables. Yes! He does that!

Vegetarian Chili



Meatless Bean Chili Recipe

This can be made with or without animal proteins including dairy depending on your choices



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