My husband was in need of a little (vegan) comfort food, but the family was heading down to the beach for the weekend. So I packed a few essential ingredients, plus my trusty slow cooker – problem solved!
When we got there, I set out for the farmer’s market, where I picked up some locally grown tomatoes, potatoes and salad ingredients. (My secret for eating healthy on vacation…)
My favorite thing about this chili is that it can be made in bulk and frozen for those nights when you have absolutely NO time to cook – it happens to all of us!
Vegan Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- Cooking oil of your choice
- 4 Tbsp. Bionaturae Organic Tomato Paste
- 3-4 Tbsp. Simply Organic Paprika
- 1-2 tsp. Simply Organic Cumin
- 1 tsp. Starwest Botanical Oregano (I buy in bulk and share with the neighbors!)
- 3 tomatoes, diced (or 14.5 oz. can Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes)
- 1 Tbsp. Spectrum Naturals Organic Red Wine Vinegar
- ¼ cup mild chili peppers, diced (or 4 oz. can Hatch Farms Fire Roasted Diced Green Chilies)
- 2 15 oz. cans Eden Organic Black Beans
- 1 medium/large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- Grated vegan cheese
1. Add oil to pan, saute garlic and onions until tender.
2. Add and mix all other ingredients except sweet potatoes and cheese.
3. Oil slow cooker pot and add a layer of the bean mixture, then layer with chopped or sliced sweet potatoes, salt, pepper and grated vegan cheese.
4. Repeat all the layers until you run out of beans.
5. Cook on low for 4 hours, then serve!
I served with a fresh spinach, beets and orange salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar and whole wheat bread. It was a hit with the whole family!
Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family—teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband—healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real—and keep it easy!