Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fantastic World Foods Vegetarian Chili

So I got all of these Fantastic World Foods products on sale at my neighborhood Jewel a while ago, and I decided it's time I started doing something with them. I bought four packages of their Nature Burger mix, 4 packages of organic whole wheat couscous, and 2 packages of vegetarian chili.

For some reason, I assumed that the chili was just the nature burger crumbled up instead of an actual chili mix, complete with spices. Sometimes I do that - I just decide that something is going to be a certain way without really looking at it or thinking it through. So I was not altogether pleasantly surprised to discover that it came pre-seasoned and spiced. All you needed to add was a can of beans and a can of tomatoes.

Naturally, that was not enough for me. For one thing, once I opened it and smelled it, I could tell right away that it wasn't going to be spicy or "chili" enough for me. It was going to need some major doctoring.
Doctor Dejamo to the rescue. It came out good enough that I will use the second box readily enough, and will even consider getting more after that is gone. It cooks up in less than half an hour and all I need to have on hand are beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, cumin and chili powder, all of which I usually have.

This was excellent to take to work for lunch.
Doctor Dejamo's Chilied up Chili
Makes 6 servings

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
2-1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 package Fantastic World Foods Vegetarian Chili
1 14.5-oz. can black beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 10-oz. bag frozen Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Corn (or regular sweet corn)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder

Heat olive oil in large pot. Add onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add chili mix and stir well. Add all other ingredients except the corn. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes. Add corn and simmer until heated through.

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