John’s Vegan Chili

My sweetie rarely gets the chance to cook in our kitchen, but I always love it when he does! John’s Vegan Chili is one of my favorite foods out there and we eat it all year long!

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I do most of the cooking in our house. Listen, I’m not complaining. Cooking is my passion and I love making our daily meals. I’m also a huge control freak and don’t often give John free reign at the stove. But every so often he asks to take the wheel and I never regret it. The kid makes a mean (vegan) grilled cheese. Grills mushrooms like a boss. Knows his way around a butternut squash. And makes the BEST vegan chili.

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Chili has always been the ultimate comfort food to me. My family served it over spaghetti topped with shredded cheese and cornbread. The perfect layers of carbs and hot, spicy, hearty stew. It’s everything you need in one bowl. Nowadays, I keep things a little simpler and serve our vegan chili with some fresh, cooling cilantro and crunchy oyster crackers.

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John started making vegan chili a few years ago for his office’s annual chili cook-off. He spends hours perfecting his recipe and we’ve already made three test batches this year. Unfortunately, he hasn’t taken the #1 award yet, but I’d say the fact that his CEO is a meat aficionado is probably a factor…

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That said, we think the “meat” in this recipe is perfect! We’ve tried a few different options (included Beyond Meat patties which was a disaster) and our favorite is always the Gardein beefless crumbles. Most other frozen crumbles are pretty good too, though!

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Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list! If you have everything prepped and ready to go (mis en place, if you will), the recipe doesn’t take too much time at all. And every ingredient adds to the layers of complex flavor, just ask John. I asked him if we could simplify it at all and he said, “yeah, if you want it to suck.”

So there you have it friends, vegan chili that doesn’t suck.

John’s Vegan Chili

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: a shiz ton of chli, probably serves 15...

My sweetie rarely gets the chance to cook in our kitchen, but I always love it when he does! John’s Vegan Chili is one of my favorite foods out there and we eat it all year long!

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3lbs. fresh tomatoes, diced (or 2 additional cans)
  • 1 package Gardein beefless grounds
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil (or broth or water)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 3 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2½ Tbs. sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1½ Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. barbeque sauce
  • 1 Tbs. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 5-10 dashes hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 can each, pinto beans and dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions

  1. Before you begin cooking, I recommend getting all of your ingredients out and prepared. Chop the veggies, open the cans, and even measure out all of the spices into a small bowl. This will make the cooking process a breeze!
  2. Heat the olive oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add peppers and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Once vegetables are beginning to soften, add your spices (garlic powder through salt). Toast them for 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Add the Gardein beefless crumbles and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add canned and fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, soy sauce, bbq sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Cover with lid and simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  5. Add beans and simmer without lid for 15 more minutes. Serve with lots of cilantro or other fresh herbs and oyster crackers!

Notes

I actually think chili is better after a day or two so feel free to make this in advance. Just let it cool completely before storing in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Cabbage + Beet Potstickers

A colorful twist on an Asian classic, Cabbage + Beet Potstickers are a beautiful sight to behold! Better yet, they taste incredible! They’re gyoza-mazing!!

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If you’ve been following along with my recent Instagram stories, you probably know that I recently quit my job. I’ve been doing some freelance work, continuing to help/train at my old job, and deep cleaning my entire house. I’ve also had a lot more time and flexibility to take on some fun cooking projects. I signed up for an online bread class and have been turning out loaves and loaves every week. I am brewing my own kombucha. I made dumplings.

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One trait I have learned to appreciate myself is my tenacity in learning something new. It is absolutely unacceptable to do something once and mediocre in my life. Mastery is the only way. “If at first you don’t succeed…” Try and try and try and cry a little and stand in your kitchen for four hours until your feet feel broken and forget to eat lunch until 3pm and then FINALLY get it right? Oh, that’s not how the saying goes? Hmm. Well, regardless, after a little (ha) trial and error, I think I got the perfect potsticker folds down.

Let me add one thing, it is absolutely not required that you slave over your dumplings to get perfectly beautiful folds. Seriously, just fold that shit in half, crimp it with a fork, and move on with your life. It only took me a few hours to learn because I am an unrelenting perfectionist. Don’t be like me.

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But are they worth all the effort? YES!! I wish I could shout that YES on the rooftops because they are just THAT good. The tender wrapping has a crisp bottom, the earthy flavorful filling has just the right crunch, and the sweet and salty sauce is worthy of drowning every bite in. I legit get emotional when my plate is empty… They’re delightfully addicting!

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Gyoza wrappers (aka dumpling wrappers aka potsticker wrappers aka the round ones) are sold at almost all grocery stores (I usually find them near the tofu) but you can definitely find them at Asian grocery stores. You can purchase JSL Foods Twin Dragon products at Albertsons, Shaw’s, Von’s, Stater Bros, Lucky’s, Food Maxx, Fred Meyer, QFC, Cub Foods, Rainbow Foods, Safeway, Associated Stores, Price Rite, Shop Rite, Winco, Price Chopper and Gelson’s! I use Twin Dragon Gyoza Wrappers because they are vegan, non-GMO, and contain 100% natural ingredients. Full disclosure, JSL Foods Inc. sent me the wrappers to use as part of their Blogger Recipe Challenge but they will definitely be my new go-to!

To be honest, I haven’t eaten a ton of gyoza or potstickers in my day, but I have an experienced dumpling veteran in my house who fully approves! He was impressed with the texture of the dumpling wrappers and coached me to pack the fillings in more tightly- which I achieve by pressing the spoonful of filling against the side of the bowl. And speaking of filling…

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All the potstickers I’ve seen in my day have been a boring brownish color with maybe a slight hint of green or orange showing through. When I called these Cabbage + Beet Potstickers, I wanted you to look at them and KNOW what was inside. I love how the dark purple and red vegetables bleed together and show brightly through the wrapper. After all, you eat with your eyes first!

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Making potstickers by hand definitely isn’t going to be Rachael Ray’s next “30-Minute Meals” special but they are worth the extra time. If you do a good job of getting everything ready in advance- you can make the filling and dipping sauce the day before!- the act of filling and tucking is a nice meditation that ends in a delicious meal!

Cabbage + Beet Potstickers

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 36 potstickers

A colorful twist on an Asian classic, Cabbage + Beet Potstickers are a beautiful sight to behold! Better yet, they taste incredible! They’re gyoza-mazing!!

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets, shredded
  • ½ head red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1” piece of ginger, grated or minced fine
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. white or black pepper
  • 36 Twin Dragon dumpling wrappers
  • Additional green onions and sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. agave (or maple syrup or honey)
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Filling: Grate beets and cabbage on the large holes of a box grater to get them shredded finely. You could also use a food processor.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add a drizzle of oil and the beets and cabbage. Sprinkle on the salt and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until the liquid has released and then started to evaporate. You want the mixture to be relatively dry.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the garlic, green onions, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and pepper. Taste and season with additional salt or soy sauce if needed. Set aside and allow to cool. [I actually like to do this step a day in advance to make the cooking process quicker.]
  4. Dipping Sauce: Add all ingredients to a jar or small bowl and shake or whisk to combine. Top with sesame seeds and green onions. [Can also be done a day in advance.]
  5. Assembly: Gather all of your equipment and ingredients: filling, small spoon, dumpling wrappers, small bowl of water, and a plate or tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. To fill the dumplings, use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of filling. Press the filling against the side of your bowl to compact it. Hold a wrapper in one hand and press the filling into the center.
  7. Dip the finger that was holding the spoon in water and run it around the edge of the dumpling wrapper. Carefully make four folds as you press the edges together. If the folds are too difficult or time consuming, you can simply press the edges together and use a fork to seal and crimp.
  8. Cooking: Once you have filled all of your dumplings, heat a pan with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add a ½ tsp. of cooking oil and allow to warm. Add enough dumplings to the pan to fill it without crowding; I fit 8-10 at a time. Cook for 2-3 minutes until dark brown on the bottom. Add a ¼ cup of water and quickly close the lid. Steam for 1 minute until dumplings are soft. Remove lid and allow any remaining liquid to cook off. Remove dumplings and repeat with remaining dumplings. Serve with dipping sauce and a garnish of sesame seeds and green onions.

Notes

If you don't want to make all 36 dumplings at once, prepare and fill them and then freeze before cooking. Store in an airtight container and cook within 6 months.

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Roasted Portobello Tacos

Get ready for Taco Tuesday! Or, honestly, any day because you’ll want to enjoy Roasted Portobello Tacos all week long!

My love for tacos is not a new affair. Evidence here, here, and here. There was once a time where I ate tacos for three meals a day for at least two weeks… Best days of my life. Ok, ok maybe I’m waxing poetic here but tacos are definitely my love language.

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When it comes to tacos, everyone has their preferences. Spicy or mild. Saucy or dry. Creamy or tangy. Corn or flour. Ah yes, the age old corn vs. flour tortilla debate…

Personally, I am a fan of corn tortillas but I’m extremely picky about quality. I prefer to make my own corn tortillas but if I do buy them, they must be authentic and made fresh. The international grocery store is usually a good place for tasty tortillas but I recent discovered a new brand that I am in love with!

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Maria & Ricardo’s tortillas are made with minimal natural, non-GMO ingredients. The company has also always been owned by Mexican families, giving me peace of mind that the recipe is in the best hands. While they have a full line of flour, corn, whole wheat, and gluten free tortillas (all of which can be found at your local Whole Foods!), my favorites are the taco- sized corn tortillas. This variation is made with both corn and wheat flour, which gives them the perfect texture. They taste fresh and authentic and don’t break when you load them up with fillings!

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Speaking of fillings… I desperately wanted to keep it simple with this recipe. But alas, being the massive overachiever that I am, I loaded up my tortillas with all the accouterment. If you do nothing else, make just the mushrooms and the green sauce. I promise that alone will make for some of the best tacos of your life.

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In between huge bites of four tacos, I said to John: “these are the best tacos I’ve ever made.” I’m confident that is not an overstatement.

Roasted Portobello Tacos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 tacos

Get ready for Taco Tuesday! Or, honestly, any day because you’ll want to enjoy Roasted Portobello Tacos all week long!

Ingredients

    Mushrooms:
  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps, dark gills removed
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • Chimichurri:
  • 1½ cups fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. capers
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Assembly:
  • 6-8 Maria and Ricardo’s taco-sized corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Tofu feta, optional*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly oil or spray a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Slice the mushrooms into 3/4'” strips and place in a large bowl. Add the balsamic, soy sauce, and oil and toss gently to coat all of the mushroom pieces. Place the mushrooms on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 12 minutes, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, add all of the chimichurri ingredients to a food processor (I use a mini one) and pulse to combine. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. To assemble the tacos, toast the tortillas in a very hot pan or over an open flame until pliable and lightly charred. Place 2-4 pieces of mushroom, a few slices or avocado, and a drizzle of chimichurri in each shell. Garnish with radishes and tofu feta, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

I used this recipe for the tofu feta but I’ll be honest, it's not my favorite. I would recommend using significantly less vinegar and a bit more salt. I’m going to keep working on my own recipe and let you know if I come up with something good!

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