Small Batch Vegan Chili Non Carne – Ready in 30 minutes!

Ready in under 30 minutes, this Small Batch Vegan Chili Non Carne is perfect for those nights when you crave a comforting bowl of chili but really don’t have hours to spare… plus, it tastes so crazy good, you probably won’t even be able to tell the difference. Or that it doesn’t contain meat, for that matter!

Ready in under 30 minutes, this Small Batch Vegan Chili Non Carne is perfect for those nights when you crave a comforting bowl of chili but really don't have hours to spare... plus, it tastes so crazy good, you probably won't even be able to tell the difference. Or that it doesn't contain meat, for that matter!

I think my boyfriend must’ve been Mexican in a previous life; he LOVES, but I mean LOVES everything Mexican. Especially Mexican food. Pretty much every week-end, I make him (well, I make US, to be honest…) a batch of Guacamole (minus the mayo, now) and a great big bowl of Pico de Gallo, which we enjoy with a couple of handfuls of corn tortillas. This is typical sacred Sunday afternoon snack/lunch for us. 

Unsurprisingly, Chili Con Carne ranks really high on his list of favorite meals. One night, shortly after we’d decided to go plant based, I’d asked what he would like to eat for supper and he said: Chili, please! 

Yikes! This was a big challenge for me, for 1- it was already pretty late so I had to whip up some kind of a quick meal and 2- I’d never made Vegan Chili con Carne before. 

But being the amazing woman that I am (insert hair flip here…) I decided to try my very best to grant his wish; this was my first time working with tempeh (actually I had only even heard about it before!) but honestly, the chili that night was a complete and utter success.  

This Chili Non Carne has become one of our regulars since. Because it’s a small batch, it means we’re not stuck eating nothing but chili for a week, and since it’s ready in so little time, I can whip it up any time we feel like it. But the real kicker is that it’s so tasty, I can’t even think of a reason why I’d want to bother making the big batches anymore… 

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Vegan Minestrone Soup

Loaded with all kinds of healthy vegetables and hearty beans, simmered in a rich, herby tomato broth, this Vegan Minestrone Soup is the perfect hearty meal to warm you up, inside and out! .

Loaded with all kinds of healthy vegetables and hearty beans, simmered in a rich, herby tomato broth, this Vegan Minestrone Soup is the perfect hearty meal to warm you up, inside and out! .

I can’t believe that I had never shared a Minestrone Soup recipe here before, in all those years of blogging…  I mean seriously, I’m not really big on soup, but Minestrone is one of those comforting soups that I could easily eat on a regular basis without ever getting tired of it.

Not only does it taste amazing, but it also happens to be very filling and satisfying with all the pasta and beans and vegetables that it contains. And it comes together pretty quickly, too, providing that you have some leftover cooked beans lying around in your fridge. And if you don’t, well, you can totally get away with using canned beans here! No one will ever be able to tell the difference…

The best part about this soup, or pretty much any soup for that matter, is that you can easily adapt it to use whatever veggies you really love or happen to have on hand – so feel free to swap and change things up and make this gorgeous soup your own!

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Dutch Oven Spaghetti Sauce

This is probably the easiest, and dare I say tastiest, spaghetti sauce you’ll have ever made. And the best part is, no mess to clean up! Try it, you’ll love it!

This is probably the easiest, and dare I say tastiest, spaghetti sauce you'll have ever made. And the best part is, no mess to clean up! Try it, you'll love it!

I must admit… this would be my dad’s spaghetti sauce recipe. Well, I say my dad, but in fact, I think it was more my mom’s… cuz back when I was a kid, she’d be the one making it all the time! As in really: all the time! She would make a fresh batch of this deliciousness Every.Single.Week. Yeah; my dad really loved his pasta! As for me, I remember being a tiny little toddler standing on a chair and helping my mom stir the sauce.

Needless to say I started making it on my own at a very young age and today, I could totally whip it up it with my eyes closed, even though nowadays I only will make a batch every now and then, since I don’t do pasta quite as much, anymore…

The only thing that I have changed from the original recipe would be the preparation method. Indeed, my mom used to do this on the stove top, and she’d let it simmer for hours in a large stock pot which she would partly cover, but even at that, the sauce would splatter all over the place and make a huge mess in the kitchen. By the time the sauce was done, the range was usually covered in all kinds of totally cooked to semi-cooked drops of tomato sauce. And that, would be a witch to clean!


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