Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hearty Vegan TVP Chili


This vegan chili is meaty without the unhealthiness of vegan fake meats.  TVP, also known by its long name-- textured vegetable protein-- is, you got it, high in protein, and has a similar texture to ground meat.  If you look around on our blog a bit, it's a staple in a few other foods including Mini Tacos and Sloppy Joe's, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's a perfect fit in something like a hearty chili.  It's football season again, so the chili is coming out!

1 cup celery, chopped
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 banana pepper, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
6 bread & butter pickle slices, chopped
1 cup corn
1 1/2 cups TVP
1 red onion, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 15 oz. can, red kidney beans
1 zucchini, chopped
2 tbsp bbq sauce, your preference (I'm using a homemade Kansas City Style BBQ).
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp steak sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce, low-sodium
5 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil

In a large pot, add olive oil over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic, frying for 3-4 minutes.

Add celery, peppers, carrots, pickles, corn and zucchini.  Cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Add beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil and add TVP, sauces, and spices.

Simmer for at least one hour and enjoy.

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