This healthy, fat-free and sodium-free vegan crock pot chili has beans, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, and more. Each serving has 21 g of protein and 15 g of fiber.
This recipe comes from Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live Cookbook.
Dr. Fuhrman, for those of you who may not know, is a physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. I have long been a fan of Dr. Fuhrman so I was only too happy when I was asked to review the book which is packed with 200 recipes for everything from smoothies to breakfast recipes, dips, salads, soups, main dishes, fast food and desserts. Most recipes are vegan-- in fact, the non-vegan recipe section is separated out at the end of the book so you don't have to go there unless you want to.
But this is not just a cookbook. Dr. Fuhrman includes valuable tips on living a "nutritarian" lifestyle-- a lifestyle that focuses on eating nutrient-rich, natural foods. Nutritarians, he adds, recognize that plant foods have disease preventive, therapeutic and life-extending properties.
Okay, so as vegans you already knew that, but it does feel good to have a doctor confirm it, doesn't it? The book also includes practical tips, like how to pick out the perfect fruit-- something I haven't mastered after years of being an eater and a cook. Do you know, for instance, how to tell the difference between a ripe starfruit and an unripe one?
The book even includes a list of Dr. Fuhrman's top 25 super foods and an Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) score system for many common foods in our diets.
I bookmarked a ton of recipes as I flipped through this book, including Dr. Fuhrman's Famous Anti-Cancer Soup, Lemon Cauliflower Risotto, Quinoa Mango Salad, Goji Berry Walnut Squares with Chocolate Drizzle, and many more, but the first recipe I tried was the Crockpot Mushroom Chili because the recipe had instant appeal in these frigid days of winter. It contains a mix of vegetables and beans and was rich and smoky and absolutely delicious. Even better, it was fat-free and salt-free. A single serving of this chili packs 21 grams of protein and nearly 15 grams of fiber. How amazing is that?
Even Desi, my resident omnivore, loved the chili-- despite the fact that it was healthy. You know how those guys are! This is definitely going to be my go-to book in the new year.
More vegan chili recipes:
No-Oil Vegan Crock Pot Chili Recipe
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 3 cups diced tomatoes, fresh or packaged in BPA-free cartons
- 3 cups cooked kidney or pinto beans or 2 15-ounce cans low-sodium or no-salt-added kidney beans
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- Dash of cayenne pepper or to taste
- Combine all infredients in a crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.