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Chili, Burgers, and Stew [Vegan]

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Wise Guy Chili
  • Extra- virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • Sea salt
  • 3–4 teaspoons chili powder (or to your taste)
  • Scant pinch smoked paprika
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 small can chopped green chilies
  • 1 (32-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 squares dark chocolate (non-dairy), coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 cup dried pinto or borlotti beans*, rinsed well
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Spring or filtered water
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 2–3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
Spicy Black Bean Burgers
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of black turtle beans, drained and rinsed well
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, and diced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup silken tofu, pureed
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • Avocado oil for frying
  • Romaine lettuce leaves for serving
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra- virgin olive oil
Beefcake Stew
  • 1 pound seitan, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ⅓ cup arrowroot
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
  • 3 red onions, quartered
  • 4 carrots, chunk cut
  • 2 parsnips, chunk cut
  • 1 large can (16 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Spring or filtered water
  • 4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup frozen peas


Wise Guy Chili
  1. Place a small amount of oil along with garlic and onion in a soup pot over medium heat.
  2. When the onion begins to sizzle, season with a pinch of salt, chili powder to taste (it gets hotter as it cooks), and paprika and sauté for 2–3 minutes.
  3. Stir in celery, a pinch of salt and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add chilies, tomatoes, tomato paste, and chocolate and stir well.
  5. Add quinoa, beans, bay leaf, and 3 cups of spring or filtered water.
  6. Cover and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour or until the beans are soft.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for 3–4 minutes more.
  9. Remove bay leaf and serve garnished with fresh parsley.
Spicy Black Bean Burgers
  1. Mash the beans with a fork in a large bowl and mix in onions, garlic, hot sauce, red pepper, cayenne, tofu, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Fold in bread crumbs in small amounts to hold the burgers together (you may not need the whole cup).
  3. As soon as the burger mixture holds together, stop adding bread crumbs or the burgers will be too dry.
  4. Form the bean mixture into thick patties.
  5. Heat about ½-inch oil in a deep skillet and fry the patties until firm, about 4 minutes on each side. You can also grill them over medium heat on a gas grill.
  6. To serve, arrange lettuce leaves on plates with the burger in the middle of the leaf. Mix together the tomatoes, parsley and olive oil. Mound the tomato mixture in the center of each burger and serve.
Beefcake Stew
  1. Cube seitan. Combine arrowroot with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Dredge seitan in arrowroot mixture and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy pot and pan fry seitan pieces until the coating is crispy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add onions, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, and bay leaves.
  4. Season lightly with salt and pepper and add water to almost cover ingredients.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Add potatoes, adjust seasonings to your taste, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes more.
  7. Add more water, if needed to keep a stew-like consistency.
  8. Remove bay leaves, stir in peas, and cook 5 minutes more.
  9. Stir gently to combine and serve hot.


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