Smoked Veggie Rice Chili

Tiko and I walked for six miles today, with a group of friends, one another dog, following the canal all the way to the back side of Mondango Mountains/Pyramids. We passed bulls and cows, dogs and butterflies, horses and donkeys, and all the while Tiko wad jumping in and out of the canal, swimming and playing with his friend, Gandhi. We started at 9 a.m. with a Rescate de Chocolate Smoothie at the Juice Factory, and ended with Veggie Rice Chili back at home. What a great day, but Tiko and I are sure ready for our siesta!

Recipe of the Day: Veggie Rice Chili


2 can red beans

1 c. cooked brown rice

1/4 c. green onions, diced

1 Tab. coconut oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 T. each fresh oregano, thyme, rosemary, chili powder

1 T. , or the pod of 1 dried mesquite pod

1 T. seasoned salt, like Alpine Spice or Sal Gourmet

*optional 1 c. diced tomatoes

*optional 1/2 cup corn

*optional 1/4 c. celery


Saute onions and garlic in the coconut oil, stirring often for 1-2 minutes to avoid burning. Add the mesquite and spices, and stir quickly. Then add the beans and rice, and warm for 1/2 hour. Delicious and quick! And oh, my gosh, so heart-warming.

Word of the Day: chile – chili

Tip of the Day: Take a siesta, a nap or rest in the heat of the day, between 1:00 and 3:00. Then you’ll have enough energy to enjoy the beautiful evenings, and watch the free symphony at the park in Loja!

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4 thoughts on “Smoked Veggie Rice Chili

  1. SO DELICOUS! I’m net at this vegetarian thing and the hardest thing, for me, is finding recipes that are actually delicious and good for you at the same time. If I can keep cooking food like this, then I think I might not miss meat as much as I thought!

  2. I believe that avoiding prepared foods would be the first step for you to lose weight. They can taste great, but ready-made foods possess very little vitamins and minerals, making you try to eat more to have enough electricity to get through the day. In case you are constantly having these foods, changing to grain and other complex carbohydrates will help you have more strength while feeding on less. Great blog post.

    1. I totally agree! Making your own foods is not only BETTER for you, but also, makes you eat with intention, which, I believe, is never a bad thing! We all get into the rushed life and state of mind where prepared foods are “easier” or “faster” but if you end up spending your time at the gym working it off, then is it? Great comment Andrew!

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