Monday, February 23, 2015

{Recipe} Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili & Cheesy Cauliflower Bread Sticks

We wanted to have a healthy Superbowl Sunday this year and it started with this spicy chili.  Mr Click found this recipe and we adapted it for our tastes.  I have a few veggie chilies in my arsenal but not one that uses a crock pot and this one used veggie sausage and sounded really good.  
Start by adding 4 cups of water to your crock pot. Then add 2 cans of beans of your choice (drained and rinsed) to the crock pot. I used black beans and pinto beans.  Add 3 bay leaves, 3 cups of crushed tomatoes, spices*(1 TBS basil, 1 tsp oregano,1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tsp sea salt, 2 tsp cocoa & 2 tsp cinnamon) and 3 TBS agave nectar.  Put the lid on the crock pot and set to low heat. Don't forget to plug it in like I did on 4th of July with my beans!
 Now it's time for the veggies! You'll need 1 cup each: red and green pepper, carrots & onion, diced.  Add them all to the pan. (The original recipe called for cremini mushrooms but I left them out).  
 It's nice to have a helper for all of the dicing and chopping.  
Add 1 bag of crumbled veggie sausage. I used Wegman's brand  If you can't find crumbed veggie sausage, you can use veggie breakfast sausage patties (defrosted).  
Add 2 fresh jalapenos chopped (use as much or as little as you like). This makes it quite spicy (and we de-seeded ours first.)  Add 3TBS of coconut oil.  
Saute on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
*{in the original recipe it says to split the spice mixture in half and use half in the crock pot, half in the veggies but I missed that part and added them all at the crock pot stage--it still turned out great!}
 Add the sauteed veggies to the crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours.
 In the mean time, make some of these Cheesy Cauliflower Bread Sticks.
After 2 hours (or longer) the chili will be done. This recipe makes a lot so it would be good for a crowd. The veggie sausage gives it a nice kick (along with the jalapenos!).
 Serve with avocado slices, grated cheese, tortilla chips and any other toppings that you like.

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Tamar SB said...

Mm this looks so tasty! I tried cauliflower pizza when I still could eat dairy, I need to try it with daiya!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow this looks and sounds really good and thanks for sharing the recipe!

Unknown said...

This looked so good that I pinned it to try. My husband starts school full time soon and slow cooker meals will be a must.

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

This looks delicious, we eat vegetarian chili almost weekly in the winter so I'm always looking for a new spin on it! I've never tried to use cauliflower in my recipes but I think I will with these cheesy breadsticks! Yummy!

Becky said...

Yum! You can nevery have too many chilli or crock pot recipes :) that veggie/sausage mix would be good for breakfast burritos too I bet!

Carla from The River said...

Yummy! This looks great.

Love Of Quilts said...

Mouth Watering!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

The chili & bread sticks sound amazing!
Thanks for sharing these recipes at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
Have a nice week and Happy New Yeat!

Unknown said...

What a neat dish! Everything looks so tasty!

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