Thursday, August 23, 2012

Harvest Chili with Kale

I'm practicing fall recipes, wishing for the weather to turn sooner rather than later.  This chili is so simple and quick to make and combines lots of delicious flavors.  I really love butternut squash in this recipe, but carrots will work too.  I prefer no-salt added beans and tomatoes, trying to keep my blood pressure in check!  Even though the 'already chopped kale' is convenient, it's too tough for this recipe.  Buy fresh.  Check here for more information on kale and its benefits.  Enjoy!

Non-dairy sour cream!
1 T safflower or coconut oil
2 cups diced butternut squash (or carrots)
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch of kale leaves, washed and chopped (about 2 cups before cooking)
1 T chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
15 oz. can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz. can organic kidney beans, drained and rinsed
28 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Dash of Cayenne for heat (optional)

In a large sauce pot, heat oil on medium.  Add onion and squash and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic, kale, salt & pepper, and cook a few more minutes until kale is wilted.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook 1 minute, stirring.  Stir in tomatoes and beans.  Simmer10 minutes until heated through.  Eat with my yummy cornbread! Makes 4 servings.

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