Hearty harvest chili (vegan)

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Even though it is technically spring now, it’s still cold outside. And, for me, chili is the perfect meal on a balmy day. 

I have a tried-and-true vegan chili recipe I usually make, but lately I’ve been feeling like it needed a bit of kick in the pants. I’m trying to add more color to my dreary winter days, so I thought adding some orange-fleshed yams, some pumpkin and three different kinds of beans to the recipe would help make it more zazzy.

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Hooray for Beta-carotene!

Boy, am I glad I did! It gave a my chili extra dimensions of texture, flavor and nutrition. The ingredients may seem to be a bit unusual, but they really play nicely together. The recipe makes a large batch, so I recommend freezing any leftovers in single serving containers for a quick and easy lunchtime treat!

Hearty harvest chili

Makes about 10, 1 1/2 c. servings

1/2 sweet onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large yam, cubed

28 oz. can low-sodium diced tomatoes

2, 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes with chilies

1 c. frozen corn

1 c. pure pumpkin

3, 15 oz. cans of beans, rinsed and drained (I used no salt added black, kidney and cannellini beans)

1/2 c. bulgur wheat (prepared according to the manufacturer’s recommendations)

1 T. chili powder

1 T. cinnamon

In a large stock pot cook onion over medium heat until it gets soft (add a little water if they start to stick to the pot), about 10 minutes. Add yams and 1/2 c. water, cover and let steam for five minutes. Add remaining ingredients; turn up the heat and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes.