Despite the bad photo, this chili is outstanding and is a perfect easy meal to make for a group!.Thanksgiving anyone?
My daughter in Law, Wendy, made a fabulous dinner buffet the other night which included this delicious sweet potato chili. ( OK.. I got a really bad picture) I'm not normally a chili lover, but I loved this recipe. It had some unusual ingredients including cocoa and cinnamon. Wendy had about ten for dinner, a variety of dishes, but everyone seemed to really like the chili the best!.
As an easy entertaining tip, Wendy served the chili right out of the crock pot on her buffet table to keep it piping hot for her guests to serve themselves.
I use sweet potato and butternut squash interchangeably. Sweet potato is a little thicker, but both are bright orange vegetables that provide similar flavors. Butternut squash may be a little lighter on the carbs and calories. This could be a great addition if you have a having a crowd for Thanksgiving. ( especially if you are having any vegetarians or vegans)
You can't go wrong with this hearty, heart healthy recipe- beans ( fiber) , vegetables ( vitamins and minerals) , healthy spices( antioxidants) that is so delicious and so good for you. It's also gluten free, vegan and a skinny reicpe making it a versatile dish if you have guests with eating restrictions.
It's also a great meal for your family. Put in the crock pot before you go to work. Then you can come home to a fragrant warm dinner. I'd eat it with a salad ( and my fabulous cranberry dressing see recipe at end of post) and feel very satisfied! Beans are so healthy read 6 powerful reasons black beans are so good for you.
1 med red pepper , seeded and chopped
1 28 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes
16 oz of black beans. cooked ( if you don't make your own, use 1 16 oz can)
16 oz of kidney beans, cooked ( if you don't make your own, use 1 16 oz can)
1 large sweet potato, cubed ( or 1 and cups butternut squash cubed)
1 T ground cumin
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine red pepper and cumin, cocoa, and cinnamon and place in a 4-6 qt. slow cooker and add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black and kidney beans. Cook on low for 7-8 hours until vegetables are softened. Optional: When done, top with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, scallions, or tortilla chips
serves 6- for a larger crowd , double the recipe.
Recipe for Cranberry Dressing for salad.. ( This is one AMAZING dressing)
2 Tablespoons of raw organic honey ( or maple syrup grade B)
Juice and the fruit of one large navel orange
1/4 cup of organic cranberries ( I found them in the supermarket)
2 slices of fresh ginger ( a must if you like the taste of ginger)
1 TBsp lemon juice
1/4 cup of water
I made this dressing in seconds in my new Nutribullet very high power blender ( works like a Vitamix, but is much less expensive) .It's small, compact, easy to use, and takes up very little space and the plastic containers are BPA free..
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