Sunday, January 12, 2014

Vegetable Chili

Purple Eyeglass Chain
I rarely work with purple! I have no idea why. So here is a little purple!
This eyeglass chain is available at Etsy.

Vegetable Chili
This is a delicious winter dish!
It is fairly easy with only celery, bell pepper and zuchini to chop up. I use a small bunch of celery, 1 bell pepper (could be any color), 2 zuchini, and an 8 ounce package of mushrooms.
Everything gets added to a big pot. I toss them in some vegetable oil to start.
Then I add a 14 ounce can of tomatoes (use a 28 ounce can for more tomato flavor...I have to use less with my stomach acid problems) and a 14 ounce can of red kidney beans (rinsed). 

After all the veggies are in there, 1 teaspoon of each of the following is added: chili powder, ground cumin and ground coriander. These quantities should be increased if more tomato or veggies are added. On a super cold day, toss in some cayenne pepper for added warmth!
I would also suggest onions and fresh garlic. Since my tummy does not appreciate those ingredients, I leave them out.
This is brought to a boil then simmered for 20-30 minutes until desired texture.

Serve with rice, quinoa or yogurt. It makes for a great lunch to bring to work!

Bead Drive
I just wanted to mention a bead drive for those of you how make jewelry. Under His Wings is an organization for girls 13-18 years of age who are in a crisis situation. They learn how to make jewelry and sell their creations to help fund the charity. They are also learning business skills in this program. It is a perfect way for the girls to develop self worth and useful skills for their future.

So they are accepting beads, old tools, findings, etc. Every little bit helps to boost their creativity! Here is the link at the Jewelry Making Journal for additional information. They are looking to receive everything by January 23. This drive really pushed me to do some much needed detash!

Thank you for stopping by! I wish you all a great week ahead! ~Val


  1. sounds like a good charity to support. sweet of you to pass that on.

  2. Wonderful chain! Purple is a great color!
    Your dish looks (as always) delicious :)

  3. I love purple! Your chain looks so pretty!
    Vegetable chili sounds yummy and looks delicious :)

  4. Hi,Val:
    Very beautiful necklace.I love the shadows of purple very much.
    The vegetable mix looks so colorful-I am sure,it's yummy!
    -All the Best-

  5. The purple looks great! And your recipe sounds yummy!

  6. Purple is reportedly the new "in" colour, so you're right on trend with that pretty necklace! I love veggie chili...and a wonderful charity, thank you for sharing! Chrissie x

  7. I just love the color combination of the eyeglass chain, Val, and this chili looks like just the thing, since we are back into the deep freeze again. Thank you for mentioning this charity. I do hope the drive is a success.

    Have a fantastic week!

  8. Your recipes always look so yummy! I think that bead drive is a great way to help the girls in crisis. I might have beads when I attempted jewelry making a few years back. That purple chain is lovely :)

  9. Beautiful eyeglass chain. I'm thinking I'm going be needing one of those. It would be much easier than having a pair of reading glasses in every room.

    Thanks for the information on the bead drive. I can certainly do some major destashing myself!

  10. purple (orchid) is the in color this season, so your eyeglass chain is perfect. and just in time. I'll have to check my stash for extra beads. :0)

  11. I love purple, and that purple chain is so beautiful! The chili looks delicious too. Almost like the vegetable gumbo I made last night. Yum Yum. That also sounds like a great organization. I need to find one for yarn lovers. I gave away a humongous bag of yarn at the end of the year and I probably could stand a little more destashing. Especially for a good cause. :-)

  12. Hey Val ;o) I love purple ;o) Your purple eye glass chain turned out beautiful! I am still thinking about the earrings! Sorry!
    My mouth is watering again! This dish looks so good!! Thanks for sharing it ;o) I will be making it!!
    All the best for the bead drive! If I had anything to give, I would!
    Big Hugs ;o)

  13. Nice chain!!! and delicious post!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  14. That purple is so pretty! And what an excellent vegetarian dish; I'm trying it!

  15. Oh, I love chili! Thanks for another delicious-sounding post.

  16. Gorgeous creation, love purple, though blue is my favourite. The chilli looks wonderful, do love having that!! Thank you for the lovely comment doll, I hope you have a great weekend xx

  17. Hello Miss Val! That chili recipe looks very good! Yum! How nice that girls in crisis can work with their hands and create lovely beaded items. I like it!

  18. The purple is so pretty! and the veggie dish looks yummy (I love those ingredients mixed in). That sounds like a great charity effort! I will check that out

  19. Ooh, the eyeglass chain is very appealing in purple! The chili looks and sounds delicious. It's one of those recipes you could change up according to your preferences and would be good every time!

  20. The purple necklace looks good.
    And that vegetable chili looks so yum, healthy
    and easy to make... my kind of food to cook.

  21. Thanks for sharing you recipe for veggie chili, I really like the idea of using zucchini. I love your eyeglass chain, and you can never go wrong with purple.
    Everyday Inspired


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