Crockpot Tempeh Veggie Chili

In a perfect world, every man would love their veggies.

They would request green smoothies in the morning, kale chips in their lunches, and tofu stir fry for dinner.

But alas...

I am LOL.

Today, on our way home from an outing, (this was AFTER dinner), my husband asked if we could stop at McDonalds.

To get the new McRib.

The McDump...Or whatever.

One man has not been excited about the McRib coming back, as my husband was. I'm talking, literally salivating.

Despite my intentions to shove veggies down his throat, he has a place in his heart for fast foods...(which in turn are hurting his heart, it's really quite ironic.) I figure I am not the only wifey out there, pleading with their spouses to come clean and switch green, begging them to say goodbye to the scary man dressed in a yellow jumpsuit with bright red hair.

But we don't live in a perfect world, we live in reality.

Reality says that men(and most people in the world) love fast food, and the thought of coming home to a tasty healthy tofu stir fry really doesn't get the average person's taste buds dancing.

But if there is something that I have learned with the hubby, it's that the more 'obvious' it is that the meal is healthy, the less likely he is going to touch it. For example, in no way shape or form would the hubby be excited about a salad topped with tofu.

Buuuuttt, this is a GiNoRmOuS But my friends, if I threw on some sick wit' it salad dressing, yummy crunchy coated nuts, some flavored veggies, a little touch of goat cheese, and a slice of warm buttered bread...

Well then he is more likely to dig in.

Fast forward to Halloween.

Every year my family makes chili and cornbread. This year was no different, except I was going full on vegetarian chili.

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My hubby was super nervous when I told him I was making chili for him and a few family members as well...In fact, I am pretty sure he told me, "Make sure it's not a Healthy chili ok?"

I did as I always do, and ignored his suggestions by packing that chili full of veggies, and some crumbled tempeh to give it that hearty meat texture that everyone loves to have in chili.

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What did everyone think?

Let's just say their taste buds were salivating enough to eat more than one...even two helpings...

Especially when they could load their chili with cheese, avocados, bread, or chips!!

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Crockpot Tempeh Veggie Chili

*This was done in a crockpot, but I assume could be done on the stove*

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet onion finely diced

5-6 large cloves garlic finely diced

1 C. butternut squash cubed

2 yellow bell peppers diced

2 pkg. Tempeh Bacon chopped/diced

3 TB. Sucanat

2 cans garbanzo beans(drained and rinsed)

1 can black beans(drained and rinsed)

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 c. veggie broth

8 oz. can tomato sauce

2 TB. cornstarch dissolved in 2 TB. cold water

1 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. coriander

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. oregano

salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Throw all ingredients into a crockpot. Set on high for about 3 hours, and low for about 2 hours. When the chili is done to desired consistency, turn crockpot to 'keep warm' until ready to eat.

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This is hands down the best chili I have made so far!

And I owe a lot of it to this bad boy:

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Tempeh has been my new found love for a while! It's basically cooked and fermented soy beans formed into a little patty. The kind of Tempeh I buy usually has added grains in it too! It doesn't have much flavor, but you can crumble it to the perfect texture to resemble meat crumbles. It gives you that hearty texture of meat, but a lot more nutrition and deliciousness! You can find it at any health food store, even Trader Joes!

For this chili I used Tempeh Bacon, which looks like this:

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It has an awesome marinated smokey taste! Perfect for chili! :-)

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And after our bellies were warm, we decided to take Baby Boo out for her first trick or treating experience!

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Baby Boo has always been friendly with others, but I wasn't sure how she would act going up to random doors...

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Luckily, that was about as scary as the costumes got....

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And door after door, Baby Boo RAN.

Apparently she had one thing in mind...

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It was like christmas for her!

Especially since her papa dressed like her idol:

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It turned out to be the perfect night with fun costumes, lots of laughter, and full bellies filled with goodness!

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Did I mention the leftovers made a delicious chili corn bread casserole? I'll share tomorrow friends!

Who knew a good thing could get even better?! :-)