Black Bean Mole Chili with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

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Warm, spicy, rich, and full of vitamins. This vegan black bean chili can be served with the roasted potatoes and spinach in the bowl or on the side. Delicious!

Ingredients IMG_2397b

2 lb black beans
3-4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
5-6 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4-5 celery sticks, sliced
1-2 large onions, diced
8 cups fresh baby spinach
2 large cans diced tomatoes
2-3 jalapeños, sliced
4 T of vegetable broth powder
4 T of cumin
3 T of chili powder
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 T turmeric
1 T sea salt
1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
4 T olive oil

Process

In a large pressure cooker, add beans, 2 T olive oil, onions, celery, carrots, jalapeños, cocoa powder, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, sea salt, diced tomatoes, and 3 quarts water (so, everything except the sweet potatoes, spinach, peanut butter, and 2 T of olive oil). If the broth does not cover the beans by at least 4 inches, increase water until it does.

Place lid on cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook at pressure 15 minutes and then turn off heat and allow to depressurize. Once pressure is released, test beans for doneness. If beans are ready, add peanut butter, stir until melted in, and allow to simmer 5 minutes to cook.

While the chili is cooking under pressure, toss sweet potatoes with remainder of olive oil. Spread on a baking stone or pan and cook at 350* until potatoes begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Pile spinach on top and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until spinach wilts and potatoes are tender.

Serve potatoes and spinach on the side, or add a large spoonful to the bottom of your bowl and ladle chili on top. Add vegan sour cream if desired.

Vitamixing it Up with Breakfast Smoothies

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I finally got my Vitamix. I’ve been yearning for one for a long long time. Now I have Glenda, the good blendah. And that means breakfast smoothies all the time. Woot.

IMG_1264I’m gradually working out my smoothie making process. Right now, every weekend, I make several bags of fruit, seasonings, and protein powder and sock them into the freezer. Then, in the morning, I just have to grab some greens, blend them into soy milk (I do that first because I do not like chunks of greens in my smoothies), throw in a bag of frozen fruit, and voila! The funniest part for me is, while green juice made me a little gaggy at first – not the taste but the idea of drinking something green – green smoothies don’t at all.

Some favorite mixes right now are:
– Strawberry, banana, peanut butter, kale
– Strawberry, pineapple, protein powder, spinach
IMG_1364– Blueberry, strawberry, banana, protein powder, kale
– Blackberry (except I don’t love the seeds), blueberry, strawberry, protein powder, kale
– Apple, cinnamon, banana, protein powder, spinach

Yum! If you are a smoothie lover, what are your favorite mixes?

Juice of the Day – 2/20/11

Yesterday’s juice was a very simple carrot/orange combo.
Today I got a little more elaborate, trying to get extra greens in to see if it would help this RA flare:
1 carrot (huge)
2 smallish oranges
1 handful kale stems
1 handful spinach
1 collard leaf
5 strawberries.

No picture, because it came out a very muddy green. Again, I would say that I didn’t love this, but it was ok. I am hoping that, over time, I develop more of a taste for green juices, because right now I really just don’t like the green taste. But, I did have a bunch of baked kale chips today for lunch, so I’m pretty well green veggied up!