Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Super fast veggie chili

This doesn't quite qualify as food without quotes, because morningstar farms vegetarian burger crumbles, a key ingredient in this adaptation of a recipe by Nava Atlas, are a bit frankenfoodish. But this chili is a low fat, high protein, super fast meal that has saved us from more fattening and expensive takeout on numerous occasions. You can get it on the table in about 20 mins (most of that time is unattended simmering) and most of the ingredients are cupboard staples.

Start by sauteeing a chopped onion, and, if you have it, one half of a large bell pepper, in a small amout of olive oil (1 tsp) until soft in a large saucepan. Then add 1 bag morningstar farm burger crumbles, 2 drained and rinsed cans of black or pinto beans, 1 cup frozen corn kernels, 1 jar tomato-based salsa of your choosing, 1 tsp cumin, and 1 tsp chili powder. Stir, cover, and simmer on medium-low for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally, adding a little water if needed to prevent sticking. Serve with soft tortillas, chips, and/or a little grated cheese.
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