Meal of the month: Vegetarian chili

This month’s meal features a heart-healthy chili recipe that’s full of beans and veggies but no meat. Make a batch on the weekend and freeze leftovers in single servings for simple dinners or lunches later. The recipe is courtesy of the nutrition department at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Chili Non-Carne (8 servings)

3/4 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups finely chopped zucchini

1 cup finely chopped carrots

2 (28-ounce) cans of whole tomatoes, with juice (no salt added)

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can of diced tomatoes, with juice (no salt added)

3 (15-ounce) cans of kidney beans (one with liquid, two drained and thoroughly rinsed)

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cumin

Toppings: Chopped onions, tomatoes, lettuce, or green peppers


In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Mix in zucchini and carrots until well blended. Cook for about 1 minute over low heat, stirring a few times. Stir in tomatoes and kidney beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add spices, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until thick. Top as desired with chopped onions, tomatoes, lettuce, or green peppers.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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