SWEET POTATO CHILI
by Claire Ragozzino from vidyaliving.com
In colder weather, there’s nothing more comforting than a good hearty bowl of chili and a thick slice of cornbread. Taking a healthier approach to this standard combo, this four bean vegan chili uses sprouted legumes to increase digestibility and a warming mix of savory and sweet spices. It’s the perfect base recipe for a variety of grounding root veggies, swapping out the sweet potato for pumpkin or butternut squash as it calls to you.
Total time: Overnight
Hands on Prep: 40 minutes
Yields 4-6 Servings
2 tbsp olive oil
½ large yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
1 cup dried du puy lentils, soaked overnight
1 cup dried pinto beans, soaked overnight
1 cup dried kidney beans, soaked overnight
1 cup dried adzuki beans, soaked overnight
1 7oz jar of organic tomato paste
4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed & minced
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp cider vinegar
10-12 cups water
1 large sweet potato, cubed
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 ½ tbsp chipotle chili powder
1 tbsp ancho chili powder
1 ½ tbsp mustard seed
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cayenne
1 tbsp salt
Place the beans in individual bowls and cover with warm water. Allow to soak overnight to release the phytic acid and reduce cook time. The next day, drain and rinse well before using.
Next, with a sharp knife, prepare the vegetables and set aside. In a medium pot, heat the oil and sauté the onions and garlic until lightly golden. Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno and spice blend to the pot with a cup of water. Stir until well combined and simmer on medium low heat for 5 minutes. Next, combine the beans and cover with water. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and adding water as needed. When the beans are soft, add the chopped sweet potato, maple syrup and cider vinegar. Continue to cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until root veggies are tender but not mushy and beans are fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper. If you don’ t mind a little dairy, serve with a drizzle of Greek yogurt or kefir, a slice of corn bread and your favorite brew.
GLUTEN-FREE SKILLET CORN BREAD
3 cups fine-grain cornmeal
3 cups oat flour or sprouted spelt flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups almond milk
2 tsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp flax meal
¾ cup hot water
2 organic eggs
½ cup olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
1 15oz can organic golden corn
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease a 10-inch cast iron pan with olive oil.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the almond milk with the apple cider vinegar. Whisk in the flax meal and hot water. Set aside.
In separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Then, fold in almond milk and flax mixture. Next, add the maple syrup, olive and eggs, and mix until well combined. Fold in the corn kernels. Pour into the greased cast iron and place in the over to bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden on the outside and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Makes one 10-inch skillet
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Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor and holistic nutrition educator with a background in the Vedic sciences and plant-based cooking. Having struggled with digestive disorders, she turned to Ayurvedic wisdom to heal her body and mind. By moving beyond dietary theories, she’s learned the time-tested laws of nature and how to integrate them into her day-to-day awareness to build a life of balance, one conscious meal at a time. Claire founded Vidya Living with the mission to empower women to transform their own lives using the tools of Ayurveda within a modern context. She now travels and teaches globally, sharing the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda through interactive workshops, cooking classes and immersive retreats.