Vegan Farro & Sweet Potato Chili

I am hearty.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 cup dry farro
  • one 29 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • one 29 oz can Kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • one 6 oz can tomato paste
  • one 10oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 1/2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 Bay leaf (remove after finished)
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (plus extra cinnamon as needed)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee (I used my seasonal Pumpkin Spice coffee)
  • 3 tablespoons Red Wine
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce or tamari
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Avocado, Daiya Cheddar Cheese & cilantro for garnish + Salt/Pepperย  (optional)

Directions

Cook farro as directed, set aside

Heat the oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium low heat. Add onions, and cook until soft, add the garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the Sweet Potatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, lemon, wine, soy sauce, brown sugar, spices and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring constantly, scraping bottom. Add the beans and broth, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the farro. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes โ€“ 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until potatoes are cooked and the chili has thickened. Add a bit of water if the chili becomes too thick for your liking. Top with avocado, daiya cheddar cheese and chopped cilantro.

Makes 6 hearty bowls of chili

– Legumes

Beans, lentils and other legumes are one the best sources of lean vegetarian protein. They are also high in soluble fiber, low in fat and rich in complex cars and protein. In short, beans are the ultimate hunger fighter, helping us feel full and satiated for a long time and actually reduce our craving for fatty food, ultimately a good tool for weight loss. Beans have been studied to improve memory, mood, prevent migraines and grow hair.

Rich in vitamins & minerals, folate, magnesium, iron and potassium, legumes help lower cholesterol by up to 10%, as well as loweing triglycerides and blood pressure and also reducing your risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes & osteoporosis. Beans actually decrease the risk of heart problems up to 20%.

More specifically, Kidney beans contain vitamin C, an antioxidant produces collagen, and contributes to healthy skin and hair. Like black beans, theyโ€™re rich in magnesium. Vitamin C has also been shown to help reduce the risk and progression of macular degeneration. Kidney beans also contain niacin, a B vitamin that may prevent cataracts. And like black beans, they are rich in magnesium.

Happy Fall Yall!

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