The link from my segment & pictures from the experience:
|Producer Bob looks inside the empty fridge|
|This mirror is in the rafters to show what's going on below|
|Entrance to the station|
This recipe came from a desire to provide a healthier alternative than my family's favorite "typical" chili which included tons of beef and tons of sodium. Strict vegetarians we are not, but there are ways I incorporate meatless meals into our diet that don't leave us feeling like we need to eat a sandwich afterwards. There is a lot of buzz now about the unhealthiness of the American diet, and there are ways to add nutritious meals into your menu rotation without breaking the bank. This recipe, minus the toppings, costs about $10 total (even less if the ingredients are on sale) and will feed a family of 8. Add cornbread and your meal is complete. I would like you to know that I have reduced the sodium content greatly, so you may notice a difference if you're a big fan of salt.
Once you add the toppings you won't miss it, I promise--and your heart will thank you!
Side note: The recommended daily allowance of sodium (RDA) is 2300mg, or about 1 teaspoon of salt per day. That is not a lot, and considering how much hidden salt is in practically everything we consume I don't want to guess how much I ingest without even knowing it.
You came for the recipe, so here it is!
|Some of the ingredients|
Fabulous Five Bean Vegetarian Chili
1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 16 ounce can of dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 16 ounce can of light red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 16 ounce can of vegetarian baked beans, excess liquid poured off
1 7 3/4 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup of frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 14.5 ounce cans of no salt added diced tomatoes
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (I prefer Hunt's--some crushed tomatoes taste very acidic and this brand does well in this recipe)
1 1.25 ounce packet of low sodium chili seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker, place lid on top. Cook on high for at least 3 hours.
To serve:Top with light sour cream, shredded cheese, crumbled tortilla chips, and chopped green onions.
*You can further reduce the sodium in this recipe by soaking your own beans. Also, customize it to meet your preferences by adding sauteed chopped onions and garlic, or fresh herbs. Have fun and be creative!