Bean Stews and Chilis
When you need a heaping helping of something fast, inexpensive, and hearty, I can think of few things that fit these criteria better than a big pot of chili. Of course, bean chilies—without the carne—have been a have become a vegetarian standard; this is the recipe I’ve been making for years. Simple, hearty, and warming, this is a great choice for casual winter parties like Super Bowl Sunday, or for everyday meals. If you need fewer servings, cut the recipe in half, or then again, make the whole quantity, and freeze half to enjoy in the near future. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen; photo by Susan Voisin.
Here’s an offbeat chili and a great introduction to whole hominy, if you’ve never tried it before. It’s easy to find—you’ll likely be able to get it in any supermarket shelved right near canned corn. Hominy is dried corn whose hull has been soaked off. Reconstituted, it’s whole hominy; ground, it becomes hominy grits. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→
This stew is colorful and full-flavored thanks to a host of vegetables and seasonings. I like to cook the collards separately to avoid any bitter taste in the stew. Since sweet potatoes break down easily, it’s important not to cook this stew too long. For a mild yet still flavorful version, eliminate the hot chile. Serve it accompanied by crusty warm bread. Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker* by Robin Robertson. more→