I Need Vegetables!

There are days when I just need some vegetables. Today was one of those days. After my French food extravaganza the other day, and some seriously delicious slow-cooker Thai pork with peanut sauce that Amanda made yesterday, I needed veggies:  fresh, light, and well-seasoned.

Thank goodness for two peas and their pod. It’s one of my favorite food blogs, from their cookies to their chili. And today’s venture into their recipes didn’t disappoint. I saw the link for their Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili yesterday on Facebook and had one thought:  want!

I woke up this morning to the sound of raindrops pelting the house. Overnight, the weather turned cold and gray, and the wind kicked up as the chilly weather blew in. I spent the morning working on a stubborn book review, at turns staring out the window, observing the maple trees that look brighter, more vibrant, in the rain. They seem to have become more colorful overnight.

When I ran to the grocery store today, I added the ingredients for this chili to my list. We originally planned to grill chicken wings tonight, but I changed our plans:  this is soup weather. Chili is necessary for cold, gray, windy, rainy days.

Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili

This soup mixes some of my favorite flavors – cumin, cilantro, salt, lime. The vegetables are fresh and bright, coming out crisp-tender in the end. I added two dashes of cayenne pepper for an extra bit of spice. The chickpeas softened up a bit since I cooked the chili longer than the recipe called for, allowing the flavors to marry a little longer while I watched Amanda wrestle with our cat, trying to give him his medicine. (Giving medicine to a cat:  one of the hardest things to do. Ever.)

Garnish with lime juice, chopped cilantro, and slices of avocado, if you like.

So if your body is like my body and it needs vegetables, give this recipe a try. And then check out the rest of two peas and their pod. You won’t regret it.

(And if you need dessert, try the Cherry Vanilla Cookies. Those things are seriously delicious.)

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13 thoughts on “I Need Vegetables!

  1. That looks so good! One of the things that me and my boy have been doing when we get the craving for veggies is to make Cerviche- where you use lime juice to cook fish and shrimp in your fridge! Since I don’t do avocado, we use mango, and also lots of cucumber, jalepeno, cilantro, onion, and tomato. It’s so great, and very light. That was more for the summer when it was unbearably hot here, and eating a lime-based meal in the sweltering heat was absolutely divine; especially with loads of sweet perfect mango 🙂
    This looks amazing, I love cooking in accordance with the weather!

      1. Probably..I am not even sure if they are ever in season here, it’s texas, but in Hawaii they are around this time of year I think?
        But I guess it all depends on where you are and what’s growing there then..the cerviche (I’m not even sure if that’s spelled right) is definitely far better when it’s hot out then when it’s cold or chilly though!

      2. I don’t have a recipe…maybe I’ll make one up this winter! I used to live with someone that worked at the health food store and bring home extra fruits/veggies..and another housemate would make the nearly-expired fruits into chutney quite often..I feel like the instructions are just “Chop up a few fruits, add some spices, cook them on low for awhile, add more spices, keep smelling it, add some water, add some spices” and then it turns out awesome. But if I make up a real one through experimentation I’ll try to let you know!

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