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Powell’s Vegetarian Chili

It has been cold in Boulder. I know Chris likes it, but I’m not a huge fan of 30 or 40 degree weather. However, there are remedies to this! Such as hot chocolate…tea…oh and, VEGETARIAN CHILI! We would eat this a lot at home when I lived with my parents and it was always so tasty and gave that perfect sense of warmth and comfort. And I never realized how easy it was to make until I started cooking for my own. This chili lasted us a few nights and for a few lunches, keeping us warm against the turning seasons. This recipe comes from my family. It’s easy, healthy, and vegetarian-friendly.

  • Prep Time: 15-20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 large green or red pepper
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp paprika or chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 15 oz. can red kidney beans
  • 1.5 cups zucchini
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen corn
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  • Okay long list of ingredients, but it is super simple. First let’s chop up all the mushrooms, garlic, pepper, onion, and zucchini
Chopped veggieeees

Chopped veggieeees

  • Stir the garlic, peppers, mushrooms, and onions in a deep pot with oil until veggies are tender
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, paprika, and cumin. Stir it and heat to a boil. 


  • Reduce the heat to low. Then add the beans, corn, and zucchini. Simmer those until the veggies are tender


  • Add however much cheese you want into the chili and stir until it melts. Serve hot with sprinkled cheese on top!


We usually have it alongside some cornbread. It always fills me up with a sense of home and happiness. I know I will be making it more as the days get colder. The second day we had it, Chris added some ground turkey into it and it was also delicious! This recipe is incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy. Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!


Cuddle buddies forever

Cuddle buddies forever

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

Alana getting into cooking/cleaning mode

Alana getting into cooking/cleaning mode

Yesterday we had the privilege of celebrating one of our favorite Americanized and distorted holidays. This year we were lucky enough to have it fall on a Sunday, so we decided to hold a little celebration since we are so far from our homes. I’ll try to make this brief because I’m still pretty full.
Kittens hoping for some scraps

Kittens hoping for some scraps

We woke up early and headed to do a few chores. Target for prescriptions, King Soopers for groceries, Marshall’s for another large pot, and Sprouts for produce. We already had corned beef from the day before. Five pounds of it… for three omnivores and four vegetarians. Whoops.
Our grocery trip

Our grocery trip

We cleaned the house and I threw the mixture of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes (not telling you the secret recipe) around 11:00 a.m. We started eating at 3:30 p.m. Alana made a very good Irish soda bread with her friend’s mom’s authentic recipe AND a spinach-feta pie-like dish. We also had some good Irish cheddar cheese, jack, and cranberry goat cheese with matzoh. That’s right… straight from Jerusalem.

Our tunes for the day…




For drink, we were provided with George Killian’s irish Red, a nice refreshing light tasting beer to compliment the dishes. (I know nothing about beer.) Afterwards, I made vanilla Bailey’s milkshakes for dessert. We Skyped with family, chatted and caught up with one another, and gave the kittens tons of attention. All in all it was a very fun time together. Thanks to everyone for coming and everyone that celebrated this holiday the right way!


remnants of milkshake

remnants of milkshake

Kitchen hit by tornado

Kitchen hit by tornado

Even after a feast like this one, stay hungry and fit!