Fit Girl’s Gluten-Free Vegetable Chili

vegetable chili

This really healthy soup is chock-full of vegetables, is hearty, and is the perfect entrée for weight-loss because it’s low in calories and high in nutrients. Even though there’s lots of ingredients, it’s really easy to make, with minimal cutting and chopping, and makes enough for a large family to eat for several days.

Fit Girl’s Gluten-Free Vegetable Chili

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 3 level tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp chili powder (you can add more if you like really spicy food)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 3 peeled medium-sized zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Sautee the onion and bell peppers in the stock in a medium-sized pot on the stove until onion is transparent. While the onion and bell peppers are cooking, make the zucchini into wide, flat noodles. If you don’t have a vegetable spiralizer, you can order the one I have from Amazon (see below) or, slice zucchini once, from end-to-end, and then into ½ inch half-moons. Place zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) or your sliced zucchini, aside, and cover with a paper towel.

Add beans, tomatoes, stock, maple syrup, and spices. Increase heat to medium-high. When the soup comes to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, partially-covered for one hour for the flavors to meld. Turn up the heat to medium-high, add the spinach and zucchini, and cook for about 15 minutes until both are soft. Then add the frozen corn and cilantro. Ladle out the soup in a bowl for each person. Add nutritional yeast and stir. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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