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Meatless Monday Supper Club – Making Substitutions

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Spicy Vegan 3 Bean Chili

We had a great time at our Meatless Monday Supper Club tonight! It is such a blessing to get together with friends from the community and share a meal together.  It’s a double blessing if it is a heart healthy plant based meal that will help us grow stronger and healthier.

Our discussion tonight centered around how to change your own recipes to have more whole, plant based foods. I had several people bring their own favorite chili that was already vegetarian.  Then I chose this recipe off of the internet because it had such great reviews and we discussed what substitutions to use to make it healthier and vegan.

It really wasn’t too challenging here is what we did…


  • 1 pkg. Smart Ground (ground meat substitute)
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice (low sodium)
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chili powder


  1. Place onions, peppers and ground beef substitute in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until onions are soft.
  3. Add remaining ingredients Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. (Note: If using a slow cooker, set on low, add ingredients, and cook for 8 to 10 hours.)

Did you you know that you can make a pot of chili and eat it a different way all week long.  Not that I would recommend it but here are some ideas.

Sunday – Bowl of Chili served with chopped onions, soy sour cream, and chips.
Monday – A plate of whole grain spaghetti topped with chili served with a fresh green salad.
Tuesday – A nice baked potato topped with chili and some cashew cheese sauce.
Wednesday – Vegetarian Hotdog topped with chili and diced onions served with some Baked French fries and something green.
Thursday – Chili with some wholegrain corn bread and a green salad
Friday – Brown Rice topped with Chili and salad
Sabbath – Frito Pie or Haystack
Check back in a day or two and I will post the Carmel Apple Bread Pudding recipe that I “healhified” for the supper club.  I am certain that you will want to have that recipe!

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