In its simplest form, chili is a spicy hearty stew with a perfect mix of chilies, meat, beans, and tomatoes. Our warm easy plant-based chili recipe substituted the meat with plant protein. We added a pinch more of some spices to warm up the taste and flavors. Even with the rise in plant-based food trends, the taste of food is still an important factor. Yummm… this delicious, cozy comfort food adds to our list of quick nutritious meals. We all know it’s not vegan chili without a blend of plant-based food high in protein. This will definitely become a staple recipe in your kitchen. And one of your easy healthy one-pot meals for a busy weeknight. There are a lot of different ways to prepare chili and many reasons to love it too.
Is This Plant-based Food High in Protein?
As plant-based food trends become more popular, most of us are now familiar with the different food tribes. Furthermore, this informative article explains these food tribes in layman’s words. That said, it is true that most people associate meat and animal products with protein. Now that our plant-based chili recipe has neither, where do we get the protein from?
For starters, if you’re considering switching to plant-based foods, you still can meet your protein requirements. Experts advise that you consume a variety of healthy foods spread throughout the day. And we have plenty of those you can indulge in, from easy healthy one-pot meals to quick nutritious meals. Not to mention healthy plant-based drinks and sweet tasty desserts. Compared to animal protein, research shows that people consuming a plant-based diet are healthier due to decreased intake of animal fats and a higher fiber diet. Wondering if our facts are biased? Ask people who consume animal products about their constipation, bad breath, and other gut problems.
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To explain further, nuts and seeds are the best plant-based sources of protein to have on hand. This is because you can snack on them without much preparation.
Let’s consider these few examples of plant-based food high in protein:
- ¼ a cup of almonds contains 6 grams of protein while ½ a cup of flaxseed has 18.3 grams of protein per 100-gram serving.
- Besides being rich in calcium, 3 ounces of tofu contains 8 grams of protein per serving.
- Seitan, made from wheat gluten holds 45 grams of protein per ½ a cup serving.
- Beans and legumes, whether lima, kidney and pinto beans, OR peas, chickpeas, and lentils, their protein content are high. This added to other nutrients like iron, potassium, and fiber. For instance, ½ a cup of cooked kidney beans has 8 grams of protein per serving.
Therefore, we can agree that this is the best high-protein plant-based chili recipe. Please check the video guide for more details.
Why is Chili a Top Trend in Plant-based Food?
History says that you can date chili back to at least 500 years ago. In those days, it was chile con carne, the chunky, Texas-style dish of beef, chiles, and Southwestern spices. Today’s version of chili is very diverse and different- a mixture of meat and beans or a mix of different types of beans.
Chili reflects a great shift in our eating habits that is gathering momentum every day with the rise of plant-based food trends. Plant-based eating caused the shift with experts advising a move away from meat and toward plants.
Among vegans and vegetarians, chili has become one of the easy healthy one-pot meals for both individuals and families. There are a few reasons that can explain this upward trend:
- Flavorful and one of those quick nutritious meals to enjoy especially for weeknight dinners.
- For those starting out as vegans or vegetarians, chili is the easiest landing.
- Chili is ideal for entertaining large crowds because it is delightful for all food tribes from vegans to meat lovers.
- Chili is light, filling, and great for chilly winter days.
You’ll definitely find a reason to love this easy plant-based chili recipe as we do. If you’re new to plant-based foods, check out these easy plant-based meals for beginners. Chili is also a great place to begin! This recipe certainly brought back the nostalgia of hearty chili and didn’t disappoint. Some of us had given up hope of ever eating such foods but thanks to technology and artisanal foods, Plant-based, vegans, and Vegetarians still get to eat Chili again!
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- 2 cups water
- 12 Oz plant protein
- 3 TBSP oil (grapeseed)
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Cans Kidney Beans (15oz x2)
- half Onion
- half TBSP Chili powder
- 1.5 tsp Oregano, Cumin
- half tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Place a pot on the stove top on low heat.
- Add 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Recommend Avocado oil. At the time of cooking this meal i'd used grapeseed but learn better along the way.
- Chop half an onion, add it to the pot and sauté for 2 minutes on low heat.
- Then, add 12 ounces of plant protein (See package for cooking times). combine with the fragrant onion and allow to cook for 2With plant-proteins, always best to cook on low to medium heat to avoid burning or over cooking.
- Add 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes and mix gently.
- Then, add 2 cans of Kidney beans and mix gently.
- Proceed to add 1.5 teaspoons of Cumin and 1.5 teaspoons of Oregano.
- Add half a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper and half a tablespoon of Chili powder.
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt and add a little black pepper to the mix.
- Then, add 2 cups of water and mix gently.
- Place the lid on the pot and boil for 20 minutes on medium to high heat.
- After 20 minutes, the plant-based chili is ready to eat, serve while hot.
Easy plant-based chili is definitely a great meal that is absolutely worth a try. It is hearty and delicious, quick and nutritious and an easy one pot meal to make.
Be sure to give this plant-based chili recipe a try and let us know how it turns out.
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