Here's a recipe for a damn tasty colourful vegan chili that’ll happily satisfy the taste buds of even the most carnivorous of omnivores
This vegan chili is packed full of flavour, while using super economical ingredients. It’s the perfect plant-based dish for feeding a crowd on a budget!
No matter how we choose to nourish ourselves, there’s one thing in nutrition that’s for certain – we should all be including more plant-based foods into our diets.
In the clinic I have more and more individuals who are curious as to how to make this happen, particularly with making main meals out of plant-based foods. “But, no meat??!”, my very Croatian Baba would exclaim. Yes, no meat – instead this vegetarian-friendly chili contains kidney beans and black beans, both of which are great sources of plant-based protein.
Not only do they help bulk out and provide substance to the dish, but their high fibre content is also excellent at keeping our bowels in tip-top shape.
If you’ve gone exclusively plant-based, as seen in veganism, a common concern for many is protein intake. Protein is an essential macronutrient, meaning it’s a nutrient needed in large amounts for good health, and is deemed essential as certain amino acids (the building block of protein) are unable to be made by the body and so we must get them from the foods we eat. Animal foods contain all of the essential amino acids and are therefore known as “complete proteins”, whereas plant-based protein foods (aside from quinoa and soy) will always be missing at least one amino acid, and so are called “incomplete”.
This doesn’t need to be an issue though – plant-based foods will contain different, yet complimentary, amino acids, and so when eaten together, and in appropriate quantities, you get the full-specturm of amino acids in your meal – this is why with a well-planned balanced vegan diet you should receive enough protein to cover your needs. Typically when eaten together, grain or starchy foods (e.g. brown rice, corn) and legumes (e.g. beans, peas and lentils) will provide the full set of amino acids (thus acting like a complete protein), as will nuts & seeds with legumes (e.g. crunchy seeds sprinkled overtop of a lentil salad).