05 January 2011

two-bean vegetarian stew


So it's Day 3 of the Whole Living Action Plan detox and all systems are a go.  Still making and eating lots of good food, much of which are meals we eat anyway or are slightly modified versions of normal recipes.  One such tasty detox-friendly dinner is this Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili.  It tastes almost nothing like a chili, so I've renamed it a stew.  It's detox-friendly because it has no added sugar, soy, wheat gluten, eggs, dairy, peanut products, corn, farm-raised fish, or high-sugar fruit juices.  Also no caffeine or alcohol, but I generally don't require that my soups get me hopped up or drunk, so that's not really a change.  Even though it's part of my detox menu, it's really good and I'd make it again.  Though next time I'll serve it with a thick slice of bread smeared with butter :)  Oh, and I turned this into a crockpot recipe because it's easier.

Two-Bean Vegetarian Stew
(adapted from Whole Living)

Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cut into small chunks OR one bag of frozen butternut squash
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder, or more to taste
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz can of stewed tomatoes, in juice
  • 1 14.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped
    Directions
    1.  Add onion, garlic, squash, chili powder, salt and pepper, tomatoes, chickpeas, and black beans to the crockpot and mix.  I left mine on low for about 8 hours, but since you are using canned beans it probably only needs a few hours, maybe 4?  But just know that you can leave it on all day if you need to.
    2. 30 minutes before you are ready to eat, add the bell pepper to the crockpot and the cilantro or parsley, if you remember.  I only remembered the pepper.
    My mom and sister came over for dinner and we served it with brown rice and then had pineapple chunks for dessert.  So here we have it, proof that you can still eat well while cutting out food allergens.  That being said, I very much look forward to re-introducing wheat, dairy and soy to my diet!  I won't even tell you about the green smoothie I had this morning with kale and parsley in it.

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