As mentioned in a previous post, my father recently had a heart attack. Since his heart attack he has been on a vegan diet and, so far, has really enjoyed it. To make our meals healthier, my husband and I have experimented with our grub also.
It is a little difficult to change up your cooking style when, for me, meat was a priority in every meal; I picked the meat, then decide on the sides. I do believe it will get easier if I stick with it so that is what I intend to do! :)
Although I was skeptical that chili would be good without ground beef, it was a good thing I gave it try. This chili was very good. It didn't even make you miss the ground beef!
I can't say I will give up my meat completely, but I am liking trying new recipes and not always staying in the same "meat & 3" mentality.
A couple adjustments I am going to make next time:
Cut down on the lime
Add a little more chili powder
WE LOVE SPICES!
(so adjust accordingly)
3/4 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped carrots
1 med. chopped pepper
1 T. minced garlic
3 c. low sodium vegetable broth
2 1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1 c. dry red lentils
1- 15 oz can low sodium crushed tomatoes
1- 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed)
1/2 lime, zested and juiced
salt and pepper to taste
Mix chopped onion, celery, carrots, pepper, and garlic.
Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, smoked paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl.
Gather all ingredients.
In a large sauce pan, put 1 c. of broth and veggies over med/high heat.
Cook until veggies soften, about 5-7 minutes.
Add spices. Stir. Cook another minute.
Add lentils, kidney beans, tomatoes, and remaining broth.
Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce to med/low and simmer until lentils are soft, approximately 45 minutes.
Stir in lime juice and zest just before serving.