Not only have I been craving Pumpkin, Apples, Cinnamon, and Roasted Everything, but I have also been craving/needing something that is warm, comforting, and that you can eat with a spoon in a bowl, for days on end. That’s when I realized I needed some chili in my life ASAP. After a long day of freezing in school (I am telling you the classrooms are like 40 degrees and then some kid comes strolling in, declares they are so hot, opens all the windows and turns the fans on. I can’t take it. I have to learn in the Arctic). So when I get home I want something that will warm me up for dinner, get the chill out of my bones. So I made a huge pot of Veggie Bean Chili to savor and enjoy over the week. And you know what? It did the trick. Comfort in a bowl. Slightly spicy, full of veggies and two types of beans. I added some crunch my eating mine with some left over corn tortillas form my Savory Pumpkin Lentil Tacos!
Making chili, soup, or a stew isn’t just about a great warming meal. I always feel a little nostalgic when I make a big pot of soup. It always bring me back to the first time I ever cooked anything, which happened to be soup. I was probably like 6 or 7, I don’t remember the exact age, but I was young. It was the weekend so my dad was home and we started looking through some old recipes we found in the kitchen for something to make for dinner. But then we decided to just wing it and go to the grocery to pick up ingredients for a soup. We ended up buying a huge mish-mosh of every veggie you could possibly think of for a wonderful vegetable soup. (I am so made that I never wrote the list of ingredients done…) Even though we just through everything together it came out lovely. Family + Love + Veggies + Hot Soup = Amazing. From that day and that soup forward I would always bug my dad to cook with me, until I began cooking completely on my own. That day I learned of my love of cooking and have never looked back since! With cooking, especially soups, you can never get it wrong. It is a time for creativity and invention and a way to bring out your true personality through the flavors you create.
Comforting Veggie Bean Chili