Hello everyone, what a wonderful weekend I had in Toronto.
The Raw Vegan Festival was a huge success, lots of people attending and so many interesting vendors and demonstators.
The food was fantastic. I had a wonderful Raw Walnut Taco followed by a rich, creamy, sweet, Icecream Brownie Sundae. (this was made up of a raw chocolate brownie cookie topped with vanilla coconut cream icecream, drizzled with raw chocolate and strawberry sauce and finally topped off with chopped walnuts). This was so good.
I picked up a neat sprouter, which is now sitting on my kitchen counter with a mix of sunflower, lentil and radish sprouting away. Sprouts are little powerhouses of nutrition and very tasty too. They can be added to soups, salads, juices and would be great added to the Chili recipe below. I will try that next time.
One of my favourite comfort foods is a thick hearty bowl of Chili. This recipe is not only delicious, but it is full of nutrition too.
Lentil Lime Chili
Serves 8 to 10
- 2 tblspns olive oil
- 2 large onions chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 2 medium carrots chopped
- 4 celery stalks chopped
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1 yellow pepper chopped
- 2 tblspns chili powder
- 2 tspns paprika
- 1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
- 2 cups lentils (I prefer green or french or a mix)
- 1 large tin crushed tomatoes 28 oz
- 1 large tin red kidney beans 28 oz
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 1/2 head brocolli – broken into florettes
- 4 cups spinach
- 1 lime, juiced and zested
- 1 cup corn kernals (optional)
Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat, add garlic and onions and cook 2 to 3 mins. Add chopped carrots, celery, and peppers and saute until carrots are starting to soften, approx 5 mins.
Add chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper and cook 1 min .
Add tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, lentils and vegetable stock. Stir well.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 40 to 50 mins or until lentils are cooked. (Depending on which lentils you use this could take more or less time).
When Lentils are done, turn off heat. Add brocolli and spinach and corn. Stir to combine. The spinach will wilt down.
Add lime juice and zest and stir.
- Lentil Tacos (thenutritioustruth.com)