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Lily’s Favorite Chili

Lily's Favorite Chili Award | Vegan Living by Danielle
Won the “Most Creative” category at a Chili Cook-Off!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 (28 oz) can of ground peeled tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional for spice lovers)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne (optional for spice lovers)
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed

Directions:

    1. Place olive oil, garlic and diced onion on low in a crockpot.
    2. Cut up the sweet potatoes.
    3. Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa, water, jalapeno pepper (if desired), and all the spices to the crockpot.
    4. Rip or cut kale leaves to bite sized pieces.
    5. Stir occasionally.
    6. Once the quinoa grains have opened, add kidney beans and kale.
    7. Stir occasionally.
    8. Ready to serve when the sweet potatoes are soft (approx. 8 hours).
    9. Serve warm and enjoy!

This recipe is a good one to meal prep! Cooled chili can be separated into freezable Tupperware containers and kept frozen until they are ready to be eaten. For this, and almost all recipes, I recommend leaving the peel on and just washing all veggies well. The peel contains a lot of the nutrients, and we wouldn’t want to waste all that goodness by throwing it out!

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Baked French Fries

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 medium sized potato or sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil (you can also use sprayable cooking spray which helps to use less oil and makes this recipe a little more healthy)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper, optional
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to about 350F.
  2. Cut potatoes into strips length wise. The thinner you cut them, the quicker they cook and the more likely to become crunchy they are. *Tip: if you like crunchy fries, cut them very thin! Lay out on a cookie sheet so they aren’t touching (although it’s not the end of the world if they get a little cozy on the cooking sheet).
  3. Lightly brush or spray the cooking oil on the potatoes. Too much oil could make the fries soggy.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cooking the fries with spices makes the spices much more potent than adding them after it’s cooked. So remember you can always add more of the salt and pepper after if it’s not enough, but you don’t want to over do it! 
  5. Sprinkling with cumin will also give the fries an extra flavor and this is helpful for avoiding dipping them in ketchup if you’re trying to be healthy!
  6. Cook the fries for about 15-20 minutes, but watch them until they start to get golden.
  7. Take them out to cool for a minute or so

Enjoy!!