Tempeh, Black Bean and Squash Chili


  • 1 package tempeh
  • 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 3 cans (4.5 c) black beans
  • 1 c. corn kernels
  • 56 ounces canned tomatoes, undrained
  • one large bunch of kale, leaves removed from stems
  • medium onion – white, yellow or sweet, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Spices (to taste):ancho chili powder, garlic granules, cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, sea salt, fresh black pepper


  1. Place onion and garlic into a large pot and sauté until onion is clear – use cooking spray, a little water or broth to avoid sticking.
  2. Add tomatoes, including liquids, drained beans, and butternut squash to pan. Add spices. If mix is too thick, add vegetable broth or water as needed. The liquid will cook down and the chili will thicken as time goes on. You don't want SOUP but you don't want barely any liquid, either. The squash needs some liquid to properly cook.
  3. Bring to a low boil, then turn heat down and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally. Keep heat relatively low/medium to avoid the bottom burning.
  4. Once your squash is tender, add the tempeh, kale leaves, corn and additional spices, as needed.
  5. Simmer until kale is wilted and tempeh is warmed through.

Enjoy with corn bread or over rice. 🙂 Even better the next day!

Number of Servings: 15

Kasha Root Chili

Warm up on these cold winter nights with some tasty and flavorful Kasha Root Chili! Kasha generally refers to buckwheat groats. When mixed with hearty chili beans, this dish is healthy and delicious!


  • 2 (14.5 oz) can diced or stewed tomatoes or 3 cups of diced fresh tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and diced in 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and diced in 1/4 inch cubes
  • 2.5 cups (about 2 cans) cooked pinto beans, kidney, or mixed chili beans (I used pinto)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon minced or thinly sliced (I have a garlic slicer) garlic
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cumin
  • 1 heaping teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3/4 cup whole kasha (uncooked)
  • 1 cup whole kernals of corn (frozen works well)


  • In large skillet: add tomatoes, broth or water, and spices.
  • Bring to a boil and add diced rutabaga and turnip.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add kasha and beans, then cover and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until kasha is tender but not overcooked. Once everything is close to cooked  add the frozen or fresh corn.
  • Makes about 8 servings.

Raw Pumpkin Soup

Raw Pumpkin Soup

  • measuring cup
  • sharp knife
  • blender


  • 2 cups pumpkin (canned is okay)
  • 2/12 cups water
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soaked almonds
  •  1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup apple or pear juice
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil + a little salt

Blend all ingredients until creamy consistency is achieved. Garnish with cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.

Root Veggie Lentil Chili

Isa Chandra Moskowitz made this recipe at her cooking demo presentation during Veg Month 2010.


Isa says, "this recipe calls for 2 pounds of root veggies, so use whichever are available to you. Some of my faves are rutabaga or turnip (they taste similar, so I wouldn't suggest both), celeriac, golden beets, or parsnip".

  • 2 pounds root vegetables, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced medium
  • 1 red pepper, diced medium
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup green lentils, washed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons agave or maple syrup
  • Cilantro and lime for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat a 4 quart soup pot over medium high heat.
  • Saute onions and bell pepper in oil until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth and the cocoa powder; cook for about 1 more minute, while stirring, to dissolve the cocoa.
  • Add lentils, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes and root veggies.
  • Cover pot and bring to a boil, keeping a close eye. Once it's boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, until lentils are tender and root veggies is soft.
  • Mix in agave.
  • Add water as necessary to thin out the chili.
  • Taste for salt and seasoning.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes or so for maximum flavor.
  • Serve garnished with cilantrom, scallions and lime if you like. You can also dollop on a little vegan yogurt or soy cream.

Thanks to Isa for sharing this recipe and the accompanying photo with Compassionate Action for Animals.

Missing Egg Sandwich

This egg-free sandwich makes a great lunch to bring to school or work and will leave your friends wondering, "is this really egg-free?"

Serves 4

  • ½ pound firm tofu, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise (such as Vegenaise® or Nayonaise®)
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon stoneground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 tomato slices

Combine the mashed tofu with the green onions, vegan mayonnaise, pickle relish, mustard, cumin, turmeric, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly.

Spread on whole wheat bread and garnish with lettuce and tomato slices.


This classic chilled Spanish soup is a flavorful addition to any meal. A great combination of veggies and spices.

  • 1 lb. can whole tomatoes
  • large cucumber
  • medium green bell pepper
  • small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 3 large fresh tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put canned tomatoes in a blender.

Cut off a quarter of the cucumber and pepper and set them aside. Chop the rest and put in blender. Chop the onion and garlic and put them in the blender, too.

Add the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and dill to the blender. Blend until it's thick and smooth. Transfer to serving bowl/pot/tureen. Chop the remaining cucumber and bell pepper as well as the fresh tomatoes as fine as you can and add to the soup. Season with salt and pepper if you need to.

Refrigerate for 1½ hours before serving.

Black Bean Soup

This hearty black bean soup is a perfect dish for a cold winter day.

Serves 2

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

Saute the onions and minced garlic in a 1/4 cup of water in a nonstick saucepan. Once the onions have become translucent, place the onions and garlic in a large stockpot. Add the rinsed beans, water, and spices. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Taste-test the soup after 20 minutes and remove from heat once the beans are cooked to your liking.

For a slightly different taste, add frozen or fresh vegetables such as chopped carrots, kale, or broccoli.

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