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Rainbow Chili

July 21, 2011

Chili is great because it is jam packed with protein, which makes it hearty and filling. What I don’t like about most chili is that they are usually monotone, my brain and tummy sense something amiss when they don’t see any green on my plate. This is no reason to discount chili because I don’t think that there is any reason not to marry traditional chili’s protein punch with an array of vitamins and nutrients by adding some fresh veggie’s. When I cook or make a salad I love to see as many colors as possible because it means that I am getting a good variety of nutrients, hence the name of this recipe– Rainbow Chili.

Above are the ingredients that went into the crock pot for the chili, all except the mango. I bought the mango along with some of the other produce, and thought it looked pretty.

There is nothing better than chili in a crock pot, it really allows the flavors to come out and simmer together, it also allows one more freedom to get other stuff done because you can throw it all in and forget about it for a few hours. So while this recipe can be done on the stove, this is what went into my crock pot.

– 1 yellow onion
– 5 cloves of garlic
– 1 carrot
– 2 celery stalks
– 2 sweet peppers
– 2 Hawaiian chili peppers
– 2 ears of local corn
– long beans
– kale
– Okinawan sweet potato
– 1 can each of garbanzo, black, and kidney beans
– 1 can of tomato paste
– chili powder and cumin (sorry, I do not measure out spices, I add some taste, and repeat)
– Salt and pepper
– honey

This is a picture of the veggies representing the colors of the rainbow. I let those cook for about 2 hours before adding the beans, since the beans are already cooked.

And this is a picture of the final product. It turned out really amazing, which can be vouched for by others. Another great feature of crock pots and stews in general… leftovers! Can’t wait to eat this again tonight!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Msz Schultz permalink
    July 27, 2011 3:14 am

    so this the one you put the raw corn in? how did it cook up? I wish I could see the picture but it has a big fat red X where the pic should be 😦

    you could repost the pic, or just come and make some here for the fam 🙂

    (btw, mrs. schultz here…and Steph! niceeeeeee blog! I really enjoy it. keep posting your recipes. and also can you post a picture of you doing a cartwheel or back flip too?!?)

    • July 28, 2011 8:58 am

      Hey Mrs. Schultz! I re-posted the pictures, sorry about that, and thanks for bringing it to my attention. I did use raw corn, I just cut it off of the cob and into the crock pot. It cooked up nicely over a few hours, so I was glad to save a step by avoiding pre-cooking the corn. I’ll get some more recipes up here, and work on capturing some back flip moments 🙂

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