Although we've had the most amazingly sunny October, there's no denying it: winter is definitely on its way. With the weather cooling off, we've been naturally drawn towards heavier and more comforting foods. After looking at different raw chili recipes for ideas, this is what I came up. Guaranteed to warm you up!
'Warm Me Up' Chili
4 portobello mushrooms, cubed
1/4 cup leek, minced
Toss mushies and leek in a little oil, tamari and lemon or lime juice to soften up. Set aside while assembling the rest.
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup purple bell pepper (you could sub with any other pepper)
Place chopped veggies in a large bowl and set aside.
1 3/4 cups tomatoes
1 cup carrot
1 cup corn
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked for a few hours
1 1/2 tbs chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 garlic clove
Optional - jalapeno pepper, to taste
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. If desired, add jalapeno pepper, depending on how hot you like it.
Carmella's Note: As my taste buds can't handle very spicy food, I found that it was plenty hot enough with the dried spices.
Pour sauce over chopped veggies. Add strained mushrooms and leek. Mix well.
Place bowl, covered, in the dehydrator at 110F for 4 hours. Then take cover off and leave for another hour.
We served this with Mosaica's Corn Bread. Yummo!
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen)
1 small red bell pepper
1 small yellow bell pepper
1 tsp celtic sea salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Blend all ingredients in the food processor and spread it on a Teflex sheet. Dehydrate for 3 hours, flip onto mesh and dehydrate for 3 or more hours, depending how crispy you want your bread.
~ We doubled the recipe as it doesn't quite fill up one Excalibur tray.
~ The corn bread wasn't quite ready by the time we went to bed so we left it there. However, I woke up a little late to take it out so it ended up more like corn crackers. Ah well... It was still delish!