Chili On a Winter Day

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After hearing all the buzz about the Happy Herbivore Cookbook, I popped over to Barnes & Noble and ordered myself a copy.  I wasn’t disappointed!  It was love at first sight.  Full-color pictures and loads of low-fat recipes for stuff that I usually avoid like vegan mayo…I knew I had to give it a test run as soon as possible!

Not surprisingly, the first recipe that caught my eye was a one-pot deal: Chili sans Carne.  I’ve never met a vegan chili recipe I didn’t like so, after verifying that I did indeed have all the ingredients on hand, I went to work.  It seemed like the perfect dinner to make after a day of listening to sleet slam against the windows.

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It turns out that the recipe wasn’t hard at all!  The only thing that needed chopping was some onion.  All the other ingredients just needed to be measured and stirred in.  I especially liked the seasonings.  Mustard, ketchup, and maple syrup  along with standards like chili powder and cumin, made for a delicious, savory chili with just a hint of sweetness.

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Instead of some kind of fake meat, there was TVP combined with a clever substitution for beef broth.  I haven’t cooked with TVP in ages.  I must admit that I usually avoid recipes that use it because of some bad experiences in the past.  But the broth made all the difference in this chili.  There wasn’t even a hint of the weird aftertaste that TVP can sometimes have.  Instead, it was chewy and flavorful, and complemented the other ingredients well.

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All in all, a winning recipe!  I’m looking forward to trying a bunch more from this book.  There are several that caught my eye during my initial flip through, and I’m hoping to be able to make a few of them in the coming week.


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. ntiveheart aka jayedee  February 4, 2011

    i LOVE this book…every recipe i’ve tried has been awesome!