Wednesday, October 01, 2008

World Vegetarian Day

Happy World Vegetarian Day.

So, I am not a full vegetarian because I eat fish. But other than fish once or twice a week I don't consume other meats - I have a many reasons for this choice (health, environment, animal cruelty, solidarity) but I will spare you my soap box. I will just share one of my favorite vegetarian recipes. Cheers to World Vegetarian Day!

Spicy White Bean Chili

Olive oil

1-2 onions, chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

2 medium zucchini, diced
1-2 red bell peppers, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced

1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (with juice)

1/2 cup red or white wine

1 tablespoon chili powder (what you have on hand)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 cans of cooked white beans (or kidney)

1/3 cup chopped
fresh cilantro

Zest of one lemon

Juice from one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish w/ a spoon of greek yogurt
  1. Heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions for 5 minutes than add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add zucchini, red bell pepper, and jalapeño - cook for 5 more minutes.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and their liquid to the pot. Add wine, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and fennel seeds, simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add beans, lemon zest, lemon juice and cilantro. Salt and Pepper to taste and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with a spoon of greek yogurt on top.


Ricky and Tracie Olivares said...

sounds yummy and i am pretty sure i can get all those ingredients here! i'll have to try it. and i just wanted to say thanks for putting links to explain a little of your reasons for being a vegetarian. i couldn't watch the video about animal cruelty, it was just too much. it makes me hope that the meat farms are different here in cusco. i really hope so!

Amanda Mae said...

Did you ever make this Tracie?

I bet farms are better in Cusco! for sure! Not like here at least!