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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

When I was trying to figure out what type of vegetarian chili to make for New Year’s Day, none of the recipes I saw completely appealed to me. So what did I do? I combined several recipes and threw in a few extra ingredients for fun! The result was delicious…and spicy!! Consider yourself warned! What I love about this dish is that you can very easily make it your own depending on your specific tastes. Since it was New Year’s Day, I threw in some black-eyed peas and greens. When I make it again throughout the year, I likely won’t use the black-eyed peas and will add more of another type of bean. 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 30 min; Cook Time – 3 hours

Ingredients:

6 T. olive oil (better yet, garlic infused oil if you have it)

2 onions, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

5 celery stalks, chopped

2 green peppers, seeded and chopped

2 red peppers, seeded and chopped

4 zucchini, cut into cubes

1 can chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped

2 T. chili powder

2 T. dried oregano 

4-28 oz. cans diced tomatoes with liquid

1 can black beans, drained

1 can red kidney beans, drained

1 can chiles

1 can sweet corn, drained

1 can black-eyed peas, drained

2 bags baby kale

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Large Pot

Preparing Vegetarian Chili:

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and next 5 ingredients. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the chipotles AND the adobo sauce, oregano, and chili powder. Mix well. Add the tomatoes and simmer, uncovered for 60 minutes. Add all of the beans, corn, chiles and kale. 

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Serve hot. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, if desired. 

Vegetarian Chili

Variations:

You can use whatever beans and greens you like. I used the black-eyed peas since it was New Year’s Day and every good Southern knows you need black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day for good luck! 

Got Leftovers?:

Double bag the leftovers in freezer safe resealable bags and it will last through the winter! 

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

I think I have already established the fact that when it’s cold, I make soup! Now that my family eats homemade chicken noodle soup, I thought I’d go out on a limb and make this Southern Italian Chicken Soup that I found in Southern Living. I loved everything about this soup and it was my lunch for days. 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 50 minutes of hands on time

Ingredients:

1 large onion, diced 
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
2 carrots, chopped 
1 garlic clove, minced 
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
6 cups chicken broth 
1 (15.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 (6- to 8-oz.) skinned and boned chicken breasts 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
2 cups sliced fresh okra
1 (15.5-oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (9-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini 
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Dutch Oven

Preparing Southern Italian Chicken Soup:

1. Sauté first 4 ingredients in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Cook in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Cool slightly (about 5 minutes); cut into 1-inch pieces. (NOTE: When I made the soup, I actually used poached and shredded chicken since I already had some on hand). 

3. Add okra, black-eyed peas, and chicken to Dutch oven.

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until okra is tender.

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Add tortellini, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until tortellini is done. Serve with Parmesan.

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Variations:

I might throw in some fresh spinach or kale next time just for fun. 

Meal Ideas:

As with any chicken soup, it goes nicely with a hot grilled cheese sandwich!