Cozy up with a warm bowl of this hearty superfood vegetarian chilli recipe. Chock full of vegetables and spices, you’ll surely enrich your health with a flood of healing nutrients. Perfect as a make-ahead one pot wonder that’s also freezer-friendly. Vegan and gluten free.
When I was university, I was quite sick; I suffered from chronic fatigue, body aches and pains, and severe inflammation – so much so that it would be a struggle to get out of bed and walk. It was quite depressing.
It was the culmination of things that I did, to help me get better. And one of those things was manipulating my diet and incorporating foods and nutrients with medicinal properties.
And this nourishing chilli bowl is one such recipe that’s bursting with good-for-you ingredients and has been a family favourite for as long as I can remember. Loaded with superfoods, the flavours are bold, earthy and aromatic.
The superfood ingredient list that packs a nutritional punch
A humble root, that’s definitely a leader in the superfood world. Turmeric has been valued for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has only recently received attention from the scientific community for its anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. The low bioavailability of curcumin is greatly enhanced with the addition of black pepper (piperine) in this recipe.
This peppery superfood certainly has some high powered potential. Regarded to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, ginger has shown to provide relief from not only nausea and vomiting, but also as an effective and cheap treatment option for menstrual cramps and migraines. A word of caution: ginger may interfere with blood thinners and diabetes medications, so speak with your doctor.
Regarded to be one of nature’s brightest bulbs, garlic (with the active compound allicin) has both antiviral and antibacterial properties, shown to help combat viruses and bacteria. Garlic is also rich in antioxidants, which work to combat free radicals to reduce inflammation.
Let me spill the beans on why this food is so deserving of the title, superfood. They’re nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals and nourishing nutrients to support good health and wellbeing. Fibre, found in beans has shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels and support digestive health. Not to mention, beans are so versatile, cheap and provide an incredible source of plant-based proteins.
Whether you think it’s a fruit or vegetable, there’s no doubt tomatoes are a nutrient dense superfood we should all be eating more of. Vitamin C and other antioxidants, found in tomatoes may help to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Research in the area of prostate cancer is particularly promising.
Popeye was definitely onto something before the superfood hype. Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients. One cup of raw spinach is an exceptional source of vitamins A and K. And, like other leafy greens, it also has folate, iron, fibre, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C.
To say that this vegetarian chilli recipe is LOADED, would be an understatement. Check out what other amazing ingredients (including a surprising one) make up this mouthwatering dish.
This chilli will keep well in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days and in the freezer for 1 month. Why not make a batch?!
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