February 12, 2015
Julie Yuccas

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Quick & Easy Plant-based Chili

IMG_3624My purpose is to share high quality nourishment for the health of your body, so you might notice that I often refer to plant-based foods.

When I gradually converted to healthier eating, my success level improved when:

  • I prepared a grocery list, so I had somewhat of a plan as to what to buy. A crowded grocery store or shopping in a hurry increased my chances of forgetting something!
  • I chose convenient meals to make, and use kitchen tools that make my job faster and easier.
  • I found meals that taste good.

As I started to eat less and less hamburger and fries, my taste buds had to readjust. Yes, it is true, some meals are an acquired taste or texture adjustment. However as time passes, our taste buds start to gravitate towards the healthier way of eating. And the old ways, well, sometimes become not so agreeable to our tummy anymore.

Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.”        Genesis 1:29 NLT

Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains are referred to as plant-based foods. These foods were created for our optimal health. Doctor’s Ornish, Esselstyn, Barnard, Campbell and Gerson have proved that plant-based diets improve health and even reverse disease.

The documentary Forks Over Knives on Netflix, about 50 minutes into the documentary, has a great visual for showing inflammation and plaque buildup in our blood vessels based on diet. However, consuming a whole food plant-based diet not only stops the harm, but starts to reverse any damage. How wonderful it is to see patients get off expensive prescription drugs, because their body is so healthy they don’t need them anymore!

Now I am not here to sway your decision whether to become vegetarian, vegan…to eat eggs, dairy, or fish…or not to eat eggs, dairy, or fish. But, we can learn from the professionals who are having consistent success by eating in a more natural manner. We take the information and see what fits into our lifestyle.  Hear my heart when I say, I too, am personally experiencing health benefits by eating a diet filled with healing, energizing, immune building plant-based foods. I want to share this wisdom with you.


I like my meal selections to be easy to prepare. I am more apt to stick to healthier eating when it fits into my lifestyle. I enjoy cooking, but I don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen. That’s why I hope you will enjoy this chili recipe. It is quick and easy to make. Lastly, it tastes really good.

The original recipe comes from The Cancer Survivor’s Guide by Neal D. Barnard, MD and Jenifer K. Reilly, RD. Although, what I am posting is my version, based on the foods that I keep on hand. Lots of nutrients are packed into this beautiful, warm bowl of chili! Enjoy!

Quick & Easy Plant-based Chili

  • Difficulty: easy
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♥ Ingredients ♥

1 cup vegetable broth:  1/2 cup for sauteing and 1/2 cup to add later
1 small onion – diced
1/2 of a green bell pepper – diced
1/2 of a red, yellow, or orange bell pepper – diced
4 large garlic cloves – minced or pressed
1 heaping teaspoon dried or fresh oregano
1 heaping teaspoon dried cumin
1 – 15oz can kidney beans – rinsed
1 – 15oz can black beans – rinsed
1 – 28oz can diced tomatoes, or turn up the heat a little by using 1 – 15oz can diced tomatoes and 1 – 15oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 of a 16oz bag organic frozen corn
2 jalapeños – seeds and white ribs removed
1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder or chili powder


Cooking Instructions
– In a large pot, saute onion, peppers, garlic, oregano, and cumin in 1/2 cup vegetable broth for approximately 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
– Add the remaining ingredients including 1/2 cup vegetable broth.
– Heat to slight bubbling on sides, then reduce heat to low simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
– Keep covered while cooking. Stir occasionally.



– This recipe can also be made in a crock pot, just follow manufacture’s cooking times.
– Chopped cilantro makes a nice garnish for the chili.
– Because this chili is not full of liquid, it makes a nice filling for burritos or wraps.
– A heaping portion of this chili tastes great over a baked potato.

Enjoy! To Your Health!

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