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Lentil, Mushroom, and Eggplant Chili Mole

29 Sep


Thanks again Appetite for Reduction for this great recipe and inspiration!

serves 6, active time 15 minutes, total time 1 hour

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, cut into medium dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into medium dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dried green lentils, washed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • One (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 package of diced baby bella mushrooms!
  • 2 teaspoons amber agave nectar or pure maple syrup
  • Cilantro, for garnish


Preheat a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions and bell pepper in the oil until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, using nonstick cooking spray or a splash of water if it’s sticking. Mix in the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, cinnamon, and salt. Add n cup of the vegetable broth and the cocoa powder, and cook for about 1 more minute while stirring to dissolve the cocoa. 

Add the lentils, remaining vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, and eggplant. Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil, keeping a close eye on it. Once it’s boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and the eggplant is soft. Mix in the agave. Taste for salt and seasoning

Let the chili sit for 10 minutes or so for maximum flavor. Serve garnished with cilantro, if you like. 

Serve with Vegan Cornbread  (I added jalapeno and scallions to this recipe for a kick!)

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Spicy Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup

16 Aug

Thanks to my friend Bridgid for the inspiration on  this one. She is always raving about how easy and delicious this soup is. This recipe really is easy, quick to make, and tastes great.

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 package of Boulder Hot Italian Sausage (spicy is key)

1 quart of organic chicken stock

1 28oz can of organic stewed tomatoes (I used Muir Glen)

1 can of sodium-free cannellini beans (I used Eden Organic)

1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and rough chopped

pinch of red pepper flakes

1/4c fresh basil, chopped

shredded parmesean cheese to top it off


Sautee onion and garlic in a pan with a little EVOO for a few minutes to release flavor, and then brown sausage in the same pan chopping it into smaller bite-size pieces as it cooks. Once sausage is almost fully cooked, add one quart of organic chicken stock and your can of stewed tomatoes making sure to break the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Add your can of beans and about half of the chopped kale, and then let your soup simmer for about 10minutes. Add the basil and the rest of the kale at the end so that it retains its green color and slightly crunchy texture, and cook soup  for just a few more minutes until kale is slightly wilted. 

Serve soup with a sprinkle of shredded parmesean or romano cheese and some crunchy bread.

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