Vegan Pumpkin Chili.
Last week I was thrilled to purchase Thug Kitchen’s first cookbook. Scouring each vulgar sentence (that’s their schict) and recipes of this masterpiece – I wanted to try a protein-packed recipe first. I made this recipe Monday and have enjoyed it all week as leftovers topped with my smoky spicy cashew cheese sauce, which elevated it to a whole new level. I modified their recipe a bit and absolutely LOVE it and will be making it again and again this winter. Even your most hardcore carnivores won’t be missing the meat in this flavor-packed chili.
Thug Kitchen tweeted me back after seeing my post… I’m honored and so happy but can’t retweet due to the vulgarity. Sorry – ha ha.
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded or not and minced
2 teaspoons of Bragg’s liquid amines
3 tablespoons of chili powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1 – 15 oz can of diced tomatoes or I used 4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
2 cups of pumpkin puree
2 cups of vegetable broth
2 cans of beans (I used one can of black and one can of dark red kidney) – rinsed and drained
1 lime, juiced
Cilantro an avocado for topping
In a large Dutch oven, heat some oil in the bottom of the pan and add your onions, peppers and carrots. Sauté until softened, about 4 minutes. Then add the garlic, jalapeño, liquid aminos and spices. Cook that for about a minute. Then add the tomatoes, pumpkin, broth, and beans. Give that a good stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for at least one hour or up to several hours. Right before serving, add the lime juice.
So as I normally do, I’ll update you all on my fitness life. I haven’t been feeling my runs lately. I did on Saturday when the doc gave me my green light but the rest of my runs have just blown. I’ve lost interest. Lost desire. Just wanted to sleep. I haven’t, however. I’ve run 4 Monday, 6 Tuesday and 5 Wednesday. Today came and I just didn’t want to do it. Do you ever have that feeling? So I crawled out of bed and got dressed. My goal was not to have one. Not to even look at my watch. To merely run and not care if it was a 10 minute mile or an 8 minute mile. I didn’t even care about distance…. just going to run until I got tired. I went out. Mile one felt as it normally does… like poop. I hate mile one -always. Then 2 came and then 3 and so on and I felt okay. I kept going. I did NOT look at my watch. Did quite a few hills. Just prayed. Cleared my head and embraced the silence of the dark, humid, cool morning. To me its the best time of the day. I stopped my watch at 7.5 miles and saw that I had a record. My watch keeps records of speed and distance. I couldn’t even fathom what in the world I got a record in.
My previous record was 6:34! I’m so happy and needed this reminder that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for most days. So I finished out with an 8 miler and couldn’t be happier. This distance finally felt good… maybe I am healing (fingers crossed). Thanks for letting me share.
— Knead to Cook