I know you already know this, but sometimes it still just amazes me.
For instance, when Brett and I got home from our Christmas vacation late Thursday night, the first thing he did was pull up the Ohio State Football game on his laptop. The first thing I did was play Gilmore Girls while I cleaned out the fridge. I was so excited that it was practically empty, because that meant I could give it a thorough cleaning and organize all the groceries I was going to buy the next day. Yeah, I’m a nerd. And apparently super girlie…or anal.
I also started the laundry, made some oatmeal for dinner and unpacked my clothes.
Now I know the things that Brett and I did when we got home aren’t what every guy and girl enjoy doing, but I know cleaning out the fridge would never bring my husband joy and watching a football game by myself would suck the life right out of me.
Another thing that I find funny about guys and girls is the way we shop for and think about clothes. Brett is basically clueless when it comes to women’s clothing. I’ll often ask him what he thinks about an article of clothing I find at the store and he just stars at me and says, “I have no idea.” In fact, he just found out the difference between a skirt and a dress a few months ago. No, I’m not joking.
He’s 31 years old.
When we were engaged we decided to go through his clothes and get rid of a lot of his old, ratty clothes. I soon realized that when he found a shirt he liked, he would buy that shirt in multiple colors. Where’s the fun in that?! Girls on the other hand love to shop with their friends while giving complements, suggestions and outfit ideas. Where’s my sister when I need her?
Anyways, what does all of this have to do with my Three Bean Vegan Chili with Cashew Cream?
Not much. But I guess I can scrounge up a segue by saying that his chili will be loved by girls and boys alike. Non-vegans will even love this Three Bean Vegan Chili with Cashew Cream and they will leave the table feeling full and satisfied. Black beans, pinto beans and kidney beans make up the “meat” of this chili and the carrots, celery and red pepper round out this dish to make it perfect for a one pot dinner. However, my favorite ingredient in this dish is the chipotle pepper in adobe sauce. Just one chili and a couple teaspoons of sauce make this dish so bold with flavor and spice. Your kitchen’s gonna smell amazing.
It’s currently snowing here in NYC so this Three Bean Vegan Chili with Cashew Cream is just the thing Brett and I need to warm our bones after a day out and about. I hope you enjoy this simple and satisfying meal! Keep your eye out for a Whole Wheat Corn Bread recipe too!
- 1 cup medium onion (~2 cups)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 large carrots)
- 1 cup chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 15 oz. can black beans
- 1 15 oz. can pinto beans
- 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
- 1 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1½ teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 chipotle chili in Adobe sauce, minced + 2 teaspoons sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ground pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onions, garlic and carrots in some olive oil or using cooking spray until soft and transparent. Add in the celery and bell pepper and cook 3 more minutes.
- Drain and rinse the black, pinto and kidney beans very well. Add them to the pot along with the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, chipotle chili and salt. Add ground pepper to taste.
- Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and let the chili cook for about 15 minutes.
- Serve warm with cashew cream (recipe below), sliced avocado and cilantro
- 1 cup cashews
- ¾ cup cold water
- Optional for Sweet Cashew Cream: 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 3-8 hours.
- Drain and rinse the soaked cashews and blend in a food processor or high speed blender until creamy and smooth.
- To make a sweet cashew cream, add in 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup and blend until incorporated.