Nutritionwise: Meatless Monday: Cajun Chili Cups

Meatless Monday encourages you to make healthier decisions at the start of every week.  Why Mondays?……Monday is typically the beginning of the work week, the day when individuals settle back into their weekly routine. Unhealthy habits that prevailed over the weekend can be forgotten and replaced by positive choices.  A weekly reminder to restart healthy habits also encourages success. 

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CAJUN CHILI CUPS 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons thyme
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
2 cans (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
about 1 pound Andouille style tofu, turkey or chicken sausage (fully cooked)
10 ounce box frozen cut okra, defrosted
2 cans red beans (such as kidney or adzuki beans)
salt to taste
18 eggroll wrappers, cut down to 5 square inches

Heat oil in a large stockpot. Add the Trinity: the onions, celery and green pepper, and saute until softened considerably, on the edge of browning. Add garlic and cook 2-3 more minutes. Add in diced tomatoes and all herbs and spices. Bring mixture to a boil, then add in your choice of sausage, red beans, and okra.
Adjust seasoning at will – I kept the spices a little on the conservative side in order to allow for multiple tolerance levels, assuming you’re feeding a group, so I recommend making a bottle of cayenne pepper sauce available for guests to dose the completed product themselves at their own risk. Reduce to a simmer and cook for at LEAST 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You might want to cook this the night before so the flavors can meld.

 
Also, check out Veggiegoodness on Pinterest for some good Meatless recipes for Mondays or any day.

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