I’ve found a combination of ‘secret’ ingredients that make meatless soup, chili and spaghetti sauce taste, for lack of a better word, meaty. I’ve tested my recipes on diehard, meat-loving dudes and they are all shocked when they find out there’s no meat in them.
So, add this to your meal rotation and save the money for a grass-fed steak! (For more on reasons to add in meatless meals see Breakfast for Dinner.) The story explaining the name is in the recipe instructions below.
This recipe is high in protein, fiber and phytonutrients. Enjoy!
1 Can (28oz) Diced Organic Tomatoes
2 Cans (15oz) Kidney Beans (I like Light Red)
1 Can (15oz) Pinto/Black Beans
1 Can (15oz) Pizza Sauce (I use Muir Glen Organic)
2 Med Onions (chopped how you like them)
2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)
6-8 Small Red Potatoes (quartered, unpeeled)
1 Cube Edward & Sons Not Beef Bouillon (or a brand you prefer)
1 T Bragg Liquid Aminos (available either online or in the health section
of your grocery
1.5T Smoked Paprika (or to taste)
3 T Chili Powder (or to taste)
2 T Cumin (or to taste)
1.5 T Coconut Oil (I use raw, organic, extra virgin)
Rinse & drain the beans, toss everything in a crockpot, cook. J I have to confess that I don’t always use a raw onion or garlic cloves. If I’m in a hurry and don’t have either, I add dried, minced onion and garlic powder. (There, I said it. Confession over.)
Okay, here’s how the accidental, fabulously delicious potato chili happened:
I was at the grocery store and googled ‘chili’ since I can never remember the ratio of tomatoes to tomato sauce or paste. I checked out three and all of them had only 1 large can of tomatoes so that’s what I bought. I got home and started adding ingredients and quickly realized that I needed another tomato product so I looked in my cabinet and the only thing I had was a can of Muir Glen Pizza Sauce. I read the ingredients and thought, “That should work. The Chili Powder and Cumin should do a good job of covering up most of the basil and oregano.”
I tossed everything in the Crockpot and cooked it several hours before dinner. I fixed myself a bowl, took a bite and realized that the bouillon cube added way too much salt … Hmmm, potatoes will absorb that, so tomorrow I’ll add some potatoes.
The next morning, I tossed it all back in the Crockpot and cubed 6-8 small red potatoes and added them. Several hours later I had the best chili I’d ever tasted … NancyO’s Accidental, Fabulously Delicious Potato Chili! But you don’t have to believe me. I demonstrate this in my cooking classes while the students eat some that’s already cooked. This is what I hear:
“OMG – the chili was AWESOME! … That is a recipe my meat-eating hubby would like too!”
“This chili is really amazing!”
“I can’t believe there’s no meat in this. It’s delicious!”
I hope you get a chance to try this because it is really good and the perfect answer to Meatless Meals!
Nancy Oglesby, The Practical Health Coach
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