vegetarian chili

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili is one of my favorite meals. I used to top it with cheese and sour cream, but due to my not so new resolution to get fit, I haven’t been doing that. Instead I’m focusing on eliminating dairy because of my sensitivity to it, and reducing calories because of my desperate hope to drop excess pounds. It’s a difficult task for anyone, but this time I’m determined.

Over the last few weeks, eating a healthy diet and working out at the gym has become a major part of my life. I’ve spent my entire adult life overweight. My weight has always been a struggle for me. I have tried one weight loss program after the next, always trying to figure out what to do. I never quite got it though. It always ended in failure.

This time though… I’m committed. I started in January (the beginning of this year) for my new years resolution. I finally feel like I’ve got the hang of it this time. I’m down only nine pounds in the last two weeks which isn’t much for the big picture, but in time I think I will succeed.

vegetarian chili

In addition to eating this delicious vegetarian chili, I am counting calories. Every single calorie. It is a bit tedious at times, but with an app on my phone it’s not too difficult. In time, I’m sure I will learn what the proper calorie intake feels like, but for now I need to really watch myself and learn. It’s not just the amount of calories I consume, but it’s the type of calories too. There needs to be a proper balance between carbohydrates, protein and fats. It’s not as simple and some people lead you to believe it is. For me… it’s a whole new world.

As many of you know, eating right is only half the battle. Exercise is the other half. To make this work I didn’t just sit around eating vegetarian chili all day. I joined a gym. I was worried that joining a gym would be, not that exciting… but it is! I’ve gone almost every day, and I’m still loving it! All of the machines force me to lift the weights a certain way, ensuring that I’m doing it right! The last thing I need to do is hurt myself. Also, the treadmills all have a super shock resistant technology… which makes it so much easier for my joints when I want to walk long distances.

I’m so glad that I’ve made the decision to get myself in shape. I hope that in time there will be a huge transformation that I can share with you all, here on Bread & With It!

Vegetarian Chili
Serves 8
This chili may be meat free, but its defiantly not flavor free. Vegetarian Chili will make you feel great all the way to your core, making you ask for more!
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
319 calories
57 g
0 g
4 g
18 g
0 g
424 g
736 g
7 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
424g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319
Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 736mg
31%
Total Carbohydrates 57g
19%
Dietary Fiber 19g
78%
Sugars 7g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
44%
Vitamin C
67%
Calcium
14%
Iron
33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 chopped large green sweet pepper
  2. 1 chopped medium onion
  3. 3 minced garlic cloves
  4. 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  5. 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  6. 1 12 oz can vegetable broth
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  9. 4 tablespoons chili powder
  10. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  13. 3 15 oz cans pinto beans, black beans, white kidney beans, and/or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  14. 2 cups frozen peas
  15. 1 chopped medium zucchini
Instructions
  1. In a 5 or 6 quart Dutch oven cook sweet pepper, onion, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in unstrained tomatoes, broth, water, tomato sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans, peas, and zucchini. Return to boiling; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 more minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.
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calories
319
fat
4g
protein
18g
carbs
57g
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