White Bean Chili

This was an unexpectedly successful recipe – not perfect, but one that probably only needs a little tweaking to make it work.  It’s derived from a recipe from Taste of Home, a magazine that isn’t exactly focused on healthy cooking, but is focused on tasty home cooking – and many recipes can be modified to be vegetarian or healthier.

So what this is is a white chili – basically white beans in a spicy broth.  More on how it came out after the recipe:


  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 large, white onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • 3 cans (14 oz ea) low-no sodium white beans, about 5 cups
  • 1 1//2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 oz chopped green chillies, drained (you can find 4oz cans easily, just divide it an freeze the rest)
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried Cilantro
  1. Sautee the onion in one Tbsp Olive oil until softened
  2. Add garlic to onion, stir regularly until onion and garlic begin to brown.
  3. Add all other ingredients except remaining olive oil and dried cilantro. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Bring to simmer, and simmer covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add remaining olive oil and cilantro, stir thoroughly. Bring to simmer.
  6. Remove from heat and serve.

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Recipe: White Bean Rosemary Stew

A variant on a recipe from Vegetarian Times, this is a pretty quick meal to make.  The original had peppers, which I dislike in some cases, so I focused on tomatoes.

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium-large sweet yellow onion, diced
1 Tbsp crushed garlic (about two cloves)
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes or equivalent (A bit over 1 1/2 cups), drained.
1 can (14 oz), about 1 1/2 cups, low-sodium vegetable broth
1 can (14 oz) low-sodium white beans, drained and rinsed.
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed, dried rosemary
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion starts to soften.
  2. Add tomatoes.  Saute until onions are soft.
  3. Add broth, beans, black pepper, rosemary, stir.
  4. Bring to boil, then simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add balsamic vinegar, stir in.  Cook another minute

The results?

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