Vegan chili is the perfect meal for the rainy weather we have been having lately. I love when it’s gloomy and drizzly outside. I just want to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a good book, and a glass of wine! It seems to be clearing up just in time for the weekend, though, so I don’t think that we will be snuggling up during cloudy weather.
I love that this meal was so easy to prepare, but so tasty at the same time. It’s great when a dinner so good is so simple to make. I literally just woke up Thursday morning, threw all of the ingredients into the crock pot, turned it on, and left for work. When we came home the house smelled so nice. Usually we eat around 9 pm because we get home so late, but slow cooker meals are the best because you walk in the door to a prepared dinner. Slow cooker meals also help keep dishes to a minimum, which is nice because our dishwasher is currently broken.
The other great thing about this chili is that it is so filling. You really don’t miss the meat at all. Lately I have been really into red lentils (I think they are orange lentils, but hey) as a ground beef replacement. They give a great texture and are packed with protein. This week I am going to try baked quinoa as a ground meat replacer. I saw a recipe for taco meat on Minimalist Baker’s website recently and think it would be fun to put a different twist on it! Hopefully it comes out great!
Coming home from vacation and getting back in the swing of things was difficult, but we are finally getting into a routine again. I really thrive on routine so it feels great to be on a schedule. We’re also starting to plan things for the year ahead, which is fun and exciting. Eric’s mom got us an awesome calendar with pictures of the family on it, so I’ve been marking everything in there. We already booked a trip to Portland, OR in May. So excited!!! Eric and I are taking the train up the west coast in a private sleeper car, staying a few days, then flying back. Usually we take our annual vacation in October, but we wanted to go a little earlier this year since I’ll be starting a new job in June (crazy). I’m really looking forward to the rest of 2017 and it has been great so far!