Communicating with food

Today I am communicating with food.  If you think food is not a way of communication be sure to check out this link  Want to try a meatless chili on this chilly day?  (no pun intended!)

Here’s a great recipe I tried today.  

Communicate with your family by telling them you love them through this delightful dish that incorporates traditional flavors (cumin, chilies, cocoa and cilantro) with healthy black beans and sweet potatoes!

Chili with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 1/2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 28-can diced tomatoes plus 8 oz can
4 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained or 6 cups cooked black beans
hot sauce to taste – I use my homemade Datil pepper hot sauce
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 lime, cut into wedges

  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the onion, red pepper, garlic, and salt. Saute slowly until onions are well cooked.  Depending on your stove 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potato and lime zest, and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, continuing to stir occasionally.
  • Add the tomatoes, black beans, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cocoa, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.  Add hot sauce to taste.
You may serve with rice.  A nice bread to accompany this is corn bread or beer bread.  Never had beer bread?  Tune in later this week for my recipe!

P.S.  This recipe makes about 3 quarts of chili; a similar version was suggested to me by my vegetarian daughter……..



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