Cozy Vegetarian Chili w/ Cashew Sour Cream
I don't know about you, but wintertime has me using the crockpot to create one-pot, batch-cooked meals like nobody's business!
One of my go-to crock pot meals is a cozy and grounding vegetarian chili.
I love swapping out the whole grain I use as a base, so as to not get tired of the meal, given the batch yields many portions. While I typically use short grain brown rice or quinoa as a base, I especially love using quinoa. Quinoa is not in fact a "grain", but a seed. More importantly, quinoa is a high-quality source of plant-based protein. As a "complete protein", it contains every amino acid (the building blocks of protein) that the body requires. Furthermore, using a high-quality protein source as the base compliments the rich variety of complex carbohydrates from vegetable and bean sources that the chili mixture itself provides.
You may access the original chili recipe of inspiration here.
I did make a few changes to the original recipe:
1. I used yellow Bell pepper in place of green Bell pepper (I prefer the flavour).
2. I used regular canned, diced tomatoes in place of "fire-roasted", diced tomatoes.
3. I used one can of beans rather than two cans of beans, using adzuki beans (what I had on hand in my pantry).
4. I boycotted the suggested toppings and instead made some "Cashew Sour Cream" from scratch (see recipe below).
Cashew Sour Cream
Cashew Sour Cream is a FANTASTIC alternative to dairy-based sour cream and is incredibly healthy for you! Raw cashews are a high-quality source of plant-based protein and Omega-3 essential fatty acids, crucial for brain and nervous system health and integrity.
One of my favourite Cashew Sour Cream recipes comes from Angela Liddon's blog "Oh She Glows". Prep time involves soaking the raw cashews in filtered water overnight, prior to blending all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
You may access the recipe here.
Following topping my chili dish with a few dollops of Cashew Sour Cream, a sprinkling of chopped green onion adds the perfect touch as garnish!
Now there's only one thing left to do...enjoy this cozy, warming and grounding winter goodness!