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27 January 2006 @ 02:07 pm
Vegan dinner: Chili and Garlic Bread  
Easiest dinner EVER! Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare the garlic bread but don't put it in yet. Prepare the chili and once everything is in the pot, put the garlic bread in the oven. Then everything should be ready to go at the same time!

Vegetarian Chili
Serves about 6 people. Seriously, easiest EVER!

-1 can light kidney beans (I use Joan of Arc brand on all of these)
-1 can dark kidney beans
-1 can "chili beans" (kidney beans in chili sauce...)
-1 to 2 cans plain tomato sauce (I use Hunts)
-1 bag frozen tofu crumbles (I use Morning Star Farms)
-1 cup frozen corn (optional)
-Lots of minced garlic
-Garlic salt
-Cayenne pepper
-Chili powder (not the spicy kind)

-Can opener
-Big pot

-Put the heat on medium. Open all the cans. Drain the 2 kidney beans a little before adding to pot. Put in all the beans and add 1 or 2 cans tomato sauce depending on how soupy you want your chili.
-Cut open and add the tofu crumbles (no need to defrost).
-Measure and add a cup or so of frozen corn, if you like corn (it adds nice texture and color!). Again, no need to defrost.
-Add lots of minced garlic. I use 2 tablespoons which comes out to be, I dunno, like 10 cloves.
-The other spices to taste. I recommend going heavy on the chili powder, medium on the garlic salt, and light on the cayenne pepper.
-Let all of the ingredients cook together on medium for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. It's not an exact science--as long as everything gets hot it'll be fine! Now's a good time to put that garlic bread in the oven...

Vegan Garlic Bread
Serves as many as you want! Great way to get rid of kind-of stale bread...

-Crusty loaf of bread
-Olive oil
-fresh or dried/crushed basil leaves
-Garlic salt
-Minced garlic

-Little bowl
-Pastry brush

-Preheat oven to 350F
-Cut up as much bread as you'd like to make
-Pour olive oil into a little bowl and use a pastry brush to spread on the white part of the bread
-Spread on a little minced garlic
-Sprinkle plenty of garlic salt and a little bit of basil
-Place on a tin-foil covered baking sheet and cook for 10 or so minutes. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn't burn!

Serve with chili or marinara sauce!V
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