Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians can live together!

I think the title of this post says it all. Everyone always asks me how I stand living with someone who isn’t a vegetarian when I am one. It isn’t easy, dinner takes a little extra time to make but we make it work! Last night we had Chili. It is such a simple recipe and it can be split amongst vegetarians and non-vegetarians easily!

What you need:

  • 2 Jars Tomato pure
  • 1/2 Jar Trader Joes Fire roasted salsa
  • 1 can of “No salt added” Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • Paprika spice
  • Basil spice
  • Oregano spice
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • 1/2 a can of Kidney beans
  • 1 sweet potato
  • Sliced jalapenos (as much as you like)
  • Ground Turkey (for the non-vegetarian)


Chop 1 onion and sliced jalapenos (to your liking) and mince all of the garlic cloves.20130103_172728 Add it to the pot and cook until the onions are translucent. Add all of the spices listed above (Cumin, Chili powder, Basil, Oregano & Paprika)20130103_181839 Give it a quick stir. I actually pour some of the juice from the jar of jalapenos into the onions it will add a little extra spice!20130103_173526 Once the onions are translucent add the jars of tomato puree, the chopped tomatoes and the Trader Joes fire roasted salsa. Cook all the way through, I like to meld the flavors together so I leave it cooking for almost 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t bubble and cause a mess! Meanwhile put the ground turkey in a pan and cook until it is no longer pink. Once the sauce is warm and the flavors are to your liking, separate some of the sauce into a different pot for the Vegetarian version, then, add the ground turkey to one of the pots of sauce. 20130103_181035Since everything is already cooked you’ll want to just leave it long enough so that the turkey takes on the flavors as well. I would say 10 minutes would be good enough. I added a baked sweet potato to the pot, an easy way to “bake” a sweet potato is to puncher holes into it and pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Once the sweet potato is cooked cut it up into small cubes and add it into the pots of sauce. In the vegetarian version you are welcome to add any types or amount of beans you want to your sauce. Since it was only me eating the Vegetarian version i added 1/2 can of “No Salt Added” red Kidney beans.

My husband and I like to eat our Chili with some brown rice, corn and a little cheddar cheese on top!20130103_183106

Hope you enjoy it 🙂


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