Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A hearty portion

Today I knew one thing - I wanted to have a meal that would fill me up. 

I have been eating pretty light lately and I really was wanting that feeling of fullness that a hearty meal brings.

This bowl is a bit like chili but also kinda not.
I wanted this chili to pack a punch flavor-wise so I started with some roasted eggplant and sliced, browned mushrooms.

Then I added in a bunch of ingredients into a soup pot (see recipe below) and let it simmer for a couple of hours.

And it turned out incredibly delicious! Check out these beauty shots of my bowl.

Topped with a sprinkle of shredded Gruyere cheese.

This bowl packed a lot of flavor and I did have one big hearty portion which I enjoyed thoroughly:-)

Almost chili stew

Serves 2 hearty portions


1 14.5 oz. can of chopped tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 eggplant, roasted
3 button mushrooms, sliced and browned
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 3/4 cup of vegetable broth
2 Tbsp. of apple juice
1/2 cup of ground turkey (you can easily omit this if you want a vegetarian version)
1/2 cup of water
1/4 tsp. of cumin
1/4 tsp. of chili powder
1 Tbsp. of pizza sauce
1/2 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp. of butter
1/4 tsp. of olive oil

 Slice and roast the eggplant (this is pretty straight forward and there are tons of instructions to be found on the web so I am leaving that part out). Slice and put the mushrooms in a pan on low heat with a little bit of butter (for flavor). Let them cook until they are nicely browned.

Put a soup pot on med-low heat and add in the onions and let them cook till translucent. Add in the garlic and the cumin and chili powder and cook until fragrant.

Then add in the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for 2 hours.

Ladle a hearty portion into a bowl and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. This looks really good. My husband's favorite chili is just a plain meat chili-blah! He says "texas" chili does not have beans in it. Myself, on the other hand, prefers chili that is more of a well rounded meal. I love how you packed those veggies in there. Have bookmarked this recipe (just for me!)Yum!