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It’s Never Too Hot for Chili! Meaty Beany Chili and Red Lentil Thai Chili recipes from Isa Does It

IsaMeatyBeanChili

I know we’re in the middle of a heat wave, but sometimes all you have in the house are beans and cans of tomatoes and a bunch of spices.  That’s what happened to me, so last night I went to my trusty Isa Does It cookbook by Isa Moskowitz and found a recipe I hadn’t tried yet.  I had enough of the ingredients to make my own version.  Here is Isa making it:

As you know, I believe in using what you have.  I used leftover lentils I had in the fridge, I cooked up some dried Adzuki beans, and since I didn’t have any fresh jalapenos, I used a can of Rotel tomatoes with chilis.  Of course, I didn’t use the oil.  Instead, I just swapped it out with vegetable broth. My husband couldn’t stop eating this. He says it’s the blending of the savory flavors that make it the best chili he has ever tasted!

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IsaRedLentilThaiChili

Today, since I still haven’t gone grocery shopping, I made Red Lentil Thai Chili from Isa Does it.  I had made it before and knew it was fantastic, because I always date the page in the cookbook when I make it and write a few notes about what swaps I did and how we liked it.  (Don’t want to remake any duds!)

Isa’s recipe is here: http://www.theppk.com/2010/12/red-lentil-thai-chili .  I, of course, changed it.  As always, I didn’t use the oil. Instead I used vegetable broth. I didn’t have red lentils, but I did have leftover green lentils. (How much do the colors really matter anyway?)  I also was out of onions, red bell pepper, and cilantro, so I just omitted them. Instead of kidney beans, I cooked up some Adzuki beans. As a swap for lite coconut milk, I just used unsweetened soy milk with coconut extract mixed in it.  Delicious!

UPDATE:  Now, my husband says THIS recipe is his favorite!  When I pressed him, he admitted that between the two, his favorite is the one that is in front of him at the time!

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Thyme for Tempeh! The Best (and Easiest) Tempeh Recipe I’ve Made– Try It!

GarlickyThymeTempehIsaDoesIt

 

Hi Loyal Plantcentric Follower,

I’m back! Sorry for not posting for so long, but as you know, I’ve been on a scholarly sabbatical. I’ve gone back to school, full-time, to finish up my undergraduate degree, majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Health Communication. Fitting, right? Going back to college has been one of the best things that has happened to me. I’m seriously having the time of my life.

During the school year, I’m fortunate to have a wonderful husband who handles dinner for us. Now that I’m off for the summer, I have the time to get back to cooking.

So what made me so excited, that I just had to share with you? Simply the best tempeh recipe ever! It’s from the cookbook “Isa Does It” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. She writes the blog, Post Punk Kitchen, www.theppk.com. Tempeh is a fermented soy food, and when made with organic or non-GMO soy, it is very healthy for you.

This tempeh turned out so good, that it’s hard to only have one serving. The marinade infused the flavor completely into the tempeh. It will be wonderful in sandwiches. I also believe that omnivores would love it. It is also super quick and easy.

As you know, I am a big believer in using what you have on-hand. The ingredients are below, with my substitutions in parentheses.

8 oz tempeh

For the marinade:
2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari) (I used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos)
4 cloves garlic, smashed (I used chopped garlic from a jar.  I never measure garlic.  I usually triple the amount)
1/2 cup veggie broth
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or 1 tablespoon regular balsamic)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used reconstituted)
1/4 cup fresh thyme, leaves whole, soft stems roughly chopped (I used dried)
2 tablespoons olive oil (I omitted)

This made a lot of marinade.  Since there was never any raw meat soaking in it, the marinade can be used again.  You can dip your tempeh in it, au jus style, or use it for salad dressing.

Get the recipe here:  Isa Does It Garlicky Thyme Tempeh

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

ALL NEW! GIVEAWAY! WIN HAPPY HERBIVORE LIGHT & LEAN!

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean

I’ve been contacted by Lindsay S Nixon, author of the wonderful Happy Hervivore cookbooks, and she wants to give a special holiday gift to one loyal reader of itsadecision.com!  One of you will have your very own copy of her brand new book sent right to you (as long as you’re in the USA or Canada)!

Happy Herbivore books have super fast and easy recipes that use whole foods, are plant-based and use no oil.  Some recipes that are in the book are:  Citrus Couscous, Soba Peanut Noodles, Caribbean Chili and more.  And in Happy Herbivore Light & Lean, Lindsay also shares workout plans.  Every plant-based kitchen needs Happy Herbivore books.  I make her recipes all the time, and they’re family faves.

Happy Herbivore Thai crunch saladThai Crunch Salad

Just write a comment under this post and let me know why you are plant-based.  I’ll pick a winner!

Beyonce Dropped 60 Pounds Of Baby Weight By Eating One Vegan Meal A Day

Beyonce lost her baby-weight by eating one vegan meal a day and working out. Just think how much healthier she would be if she ate whole food plant-based 24/7! To read the article, go here: http://perezhilton.com/fitperez/2013-02-19-beyonce-was-able-to-drop-her-baby-weight-by-adding-one-vegan-meal-a-day#.USO9g-ikDR0

Direct Evidence that Vegans have Lower Cancer Rates

This should be shouted from the rooftops, but we know the mainstream media won’t.  Share this post to educate and save lives.  Laura

 It was the only diet category to have a statistically significant lower risk of cancer (.83, .71-.97). There were 4,922 vegans in the study.

 

Read all about it here:  http://jacknorrisrd.com/?p=3315

The Sex Secret Vegans Know via Fox News

By Madeline Haller

Published November 20, 2012

Men’s Health

beauty diet

Want to boost your sexual stamina? Just cut out meat, fish, and dairy from your diet.

As you probably know, junky diets typically lead to heart disease. And men often fail to remember that heart disease doesn’t just affect your ticker—it impacts the blood flow to other areas of the body too, says Lindsay Rajt, Associate Director of Campaigns for PETA. But if you’re eating the right foods, you can avoid that plaque from building up in your arteries, Rajt says.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/19/sex-secret-vegans-know/#ixzz2Cswa0CMk

Funny!

VeganTweeter: Did you know that the word “vegan” is magical? Simply mention it to a random person, and…POOF!…they become a nutrition expert! Amazing!

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