'Vegging Out' Black Bean Chilli
This lovely vegetarian (you can always add meat if you like) chili is moderately spicy, and of course made with Ontario black beans. Add a generous helping of carrots, onions, celery and sweet bell peppers to make a delicious one pot meal. Garnish with a dollup of sour cream and serve over rice accompanied with a salad.
Cooking time: 2 hours on top of stove, 4-6 hours in crock pot. Makes 6-8 servings.
Did you know.....
According to the Mayo Clinic, beans are a great way to get your daily dose of iron, phosphorous, magnesium (which the body needs to keep the nerves and muscles functioning) and potassium. And as an added bonus, they're low in fat and high in other good things, like dietary fiber and protein, meaning they'll keep you fuller longer.
Blueberries may be the poster children for antioxidant abundance, but a new study suggests the humble bean may be a more deserving candidate!
Researchers found that small red beans contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than both wild and cultivated blueberries, which have been heralded in recent years for their high antioxidant content. In fact, three of the top five antioxidant-rich foods studied were beans. Read more about how beans are rich in antioxidants here