Thursday, January 31, 2013


Vegetarian Chili from Martha Stewart's Meatless

Here's a confession.  I don't, and have never, kept a food log where I write down everything I eat in an attempt to lose weight.  The confession part is that I don't do it, because I don't actually want to see what I eat each day.  I've shied away from the accountability aspect of that.  

I was, however, inspired last week by something I saw, but didn't accurately remember, on Facebook.  In my faulty memory, I have adapted it to be a challenge to my kids to see how many different plant foods they can eat in one week.  (The goal is between 30 and 40.)  

On the top of a piece of paper we wrote each boy's name, and then they started adding fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, etc. as they eat them.  If something's on the list already, it doesn't get added.  We don't add processed food ingredients, for example the ingredients in Daiya dairy-free cheese.

It's going great!  They are excited to add new foods to the list, and we're really stunned by all the diversity that they eat in a regular week.  Sometimes it seems that they only eat vegan boxed mac and cheese and pizza, but it turns out that's not true!

If you want to boost the diversity of plant foods in your diet, I strongly encourage that you give this a try!

Another way to add diversity to your diet is to add a new cookbook to your library.  The generous folks over at Martha Stewart Living sent me a couple of copies of their new book, Meatless.  I have had a blast looking through it, and I know you will, too.  Although not every recipe is exactly right for our nut-free, vegan diet at my house, most of the recipes can easily be made to work for us.  This book is also chock full of gorgeous photos that will have you inspired to start cooking right away.  I also really liked that although everything looks absolutely delicious, nothing seems to difficult to pull off.

If you would like to enter to win the copy they sent for giveaway, please leave a comment with your name and a way to contact you in the comments.  You can have an additional entry if you like Welcoming Kitchen on Facebook, follow Welcoming Kitchen (@welcomekitchen) on Twitter, or follow me -- Kim Lutz -- on Pinterest (kitchen1).  For each additional entry, please leave a separate comment.  I will pick a winner by randomly selecting a number through after noon on Tuesday, February 6, 2013.

They also shared a recipe from the book to get you excited!

Versatile Vegetarian: Chili (Reprinted courtesy of Martha Stewart Living)
Vegetarian Bean Chili
Serves 6


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 poblano chile, ribs and seeds removed, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
1 tablespoon plus
11/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cups cooked kidney beans (see page 365), drained and rinsed
3 cups cooked pinto beans (see page 365), drained and rinsed
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
Assorted toppings, for serving


1. In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium-high. Add onion, poblano, and garlic; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.

2. Stir in green chiles, chili powder, and cumin; cook, stirring frequently, until spices are darkened and fragrant, about 3 minutes.

3. Add beans, tomatoes and their juice, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender and chili is thickened, 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Remove from the heat. Season with salt. Serve with suggested toppings (see page 148), as desired.

G Per serving (without toppings): 342 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 57 g carbohydrates, 17 g protein, 18 g fiber

Happy Cooking!

Find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.


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  1. Martha Stewart doing more vegetarian-friendly dishes and recipes- how awesome! I'd love to win a copy of the book. I can be reached via e-mail at Thanks!

  2. I'm following @welcomekitchen on twitter!
    I can be reached via e-mail at

  3. I like Welcoming Kitchen on Facebook. That's how I read about the giveaway! I can be reached via e-mail at

  4. I follow you on Pinterest!!! I can be reached via e-mail at Thanks!

  5. I'd love a copy of this book! I find Martha's veg/vegan recipes always to be so creative and of course they look fantastic. Yum! And I love the idea for eating mroe veggies and fruits--I think I may try it with my hubby! ;)

  6. I would love to win a copy of Martha's book. I have made a couple of her recipes and they are easy and delicious. You can reach me at

  7. What a cool cookbook! A must for our allergy household...I can be reached at

  8. I would love to win this cookbook, I am always looking for vegan recipes to add variety to my diet. my email is Thank you for the giveaway

  9. I would love to win a copy of Martha's new vegan cookbook. I am always looking for new vegan recipes. You can reach me at Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Great giveaway! I'd love to win this book. I can be reached on my blog -


  11. Martha's new book looks interesting. I would love to win a copy. New recepies are alway a good thing. Thanks for the chance.I can be reached via email at

  12. I already follow you on Twitter - love it!

  13. Following you on Pinterest too! You can of course reach me on my blog! Would love to win this cookbook.

  14. I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book! Thank you so much!

  15. Would love to win a copy of this book. I'll just leave a comment here, as I don't have facebook, twitter or pinterest, just email.


  16. I love the idea of the list of foods eaten for each of the kids. Clever mom!

  17. YUM!
    Delighted to have just found your blog from the Circle of Moms Top 25vegetarina mommy bloggers. Have voted for you and your beautiful blog too! Goiod luck and I will be looking forward to your blog posts, from fellow nominee Author Rebecca Mugridge XX

  18. Rebecca,
    I love seeing all that you're doing, too!