|1.5 - 2 lbs assorted vegetables
(options include carrots, broccoli, sweet peppers, asparagus,
white and portobello mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant), cut to bite
||1 or 2 onions, chopped
|A few Tbl minced or crushed garlic ||1 can black beans|
|1/2 lb chili-compatible Protein Unit (veggie crumble, ground beef, etc)||~40 oz good marinara sauce |
|Oregano and basil, some good shakes of each ||Chili powder and chipotle powder (see below) |
Place recipe here; use paragraphs as appropriate.
Notes and VariationsIn a nonstick pot, saute the Protein Unit until nice and brown, and set aside.
the onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil until they are getting
done-ish, and start adding the veggies, in order from most to least
durable. (Mushrooms, then carrots, then broccoli stems, then asparagus.
Don't saute the sweet peppers at all: they'll just wilt.)
the Protein Unit back in, and the beans, and add enough sauce to get
everything well-covered with it, but not quite enough to completely
cover the matter. The goal here isn't a sauce, it's veggies covered
Heat gently to a simmer. Once simmering, start
messing with the flavor. Add some herbs -- how much depends on how
well-flavored the original marinara was. Add chili and chipotle for
heat and depth. (NOTE: the chili powder we got from Auntie Arwen is
actually a tad too hot, and not smoky enough on its own. I suspect this
would be better if I take the extra 20 minutes to roast and grind my
own fresh chili powder instead. Cook's Illustrated describes the
process, which is actually pretty easy once you've scared up the chili
peppers.) Simmer gently, covered, until everything is piping hot, and
the flavors have melded, maybe 10-15 minutes.
Serve with a slice
of cheese melting on top (optional -- I like it, she doesn't), and lots
of tortilla chips. Tostito Scoops work rather well as an edible
implement for eating this. Refrigerate promptly: apparently keeps a
couple of weeks in a cold fridge, and like all good chili is quite good
reheated. (But reheat on stovetop: the microwave is likely to do too
much violence to the veggies.)
Invented by Justin, inspired by having a decent veggie chili at a conference: see the original post
for the full story. Called "Veggie-ish" because the original
implementation used a couple of burgers as the protein unit, because
they were to hand.