This slow cooked vegetarian chilli will put a little fire in your belly. It was inspired by a food blogging friend Elaine who writes Foodbod. She posts really creative vegetarian food often with middle eastern influence of fragrant spices and sauces.
Right, so yesterday I was inspired to make some slow cooked chilli. This all went into a slow cooker and was left to simmer for basically the entire day. I scavenged for it in the pantry but you could throw in whatever you wanted for your chilli too.
- 1 white onion diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 can of kidney beans
- 1 jar of tomato sauce
- 1 cup of water
- 3x capsicum (red orange and yellow)
- 2x Spring onions
- 2 table spoons of paprika
- 2 table spoons of chilli powder
- However much salt you prefer
- 5 large pieces of garlic crushed
This all simmered on low heat from 10am to about 4pm. Then in the last hour I added two heaping spoonfuls of cocoa powder, which took off the acidic edge and gave it a really dark rich look and taste. I’d never thrown in cocoa before, and saw that Elaine had done so… honestly am never not putting it in again! It was delicious.
The topping is a mixture of: Colby cheese, cilantro, parsley, raw red onion, lime zest and juice with avocado and finally a few green jalapeños. I also toasted a few pieces of tortillas in olive oil and butter for yummy dipping vessels.
For the 400 hours that this meal cooked, Wes and I ran amok. He and I headed to the Manawatu river for our daily walk. It’s about 6.5km – I puff away and eventually end up misty and sweaty and he sings like a wee little bird or passes out for the 1.25 hours it takes me to get the walk in.
He cut his first tooth yesterday, and I couldn’t help myself and have since been calling it a “Toof”. I’m sure my ridiculous vocabulary is going to mess him up some as he gets into school. I count before I pick him up “One, two, free” and can often hear Mike cutely doing the same.
Wes is such a beautiful, happy, content little boy. He gets the giggles when I change his outfits, because he has ticklish armpits and he laughs at me when he has done a little poop and it surprises me. He enjoys my interpretive dancing (the more awkward the more giggles I get) and sometimes talks himself to sleep. We’ve seen him grow and change each day, and I am smiling whilst writing this because he really brightens my day.
The red marks all over my neck and chest in the image above, are from his little fingernails which I promptly trimmed last night as he fell asleep.
In other non baby news…
My younger sister Andrea is marrying her soulmate Kris in Cuba this week, and the family are all in attendance to celebrate for a week of fun in the sun. We really wished we could have been there, and have been sending loads of love and support to them for their special day. They will definitely have some really cool new memories together to cherish. I know Wesley would have loved to watch everyone dancing…