Lentil Chili

I don't know why, but I just love different kinds of soups and chili. They really are the best way for me to eat healthy and feel satisfied as I manage my busy schedule, which includes working from home with a 3 1/2 month old baby.  This week I made a large pot of this lentil chili and had leftovers for days! #winning

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

4 tsp. chili powder ( I tend to do way more LOL) 

1 bag of brown lentils (16 oz.) 

2 cans no-salt added diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)

1 bay leaf

2 cartons vegetable stock or chicken stock (32 oz.) 

⅓ cup fresh chopped cilantro

sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Optional toppings: sour cream, cheddar cheese, croutons, tortilla chips, avocado

 

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large heavy duty dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and red bell pepper; saute the vegetables for 8 minutes or until soft and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Stir in garlic and chili powder; cook for 1 minute.

Add lentils, tomatoes, bay leaf and stock. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf.

Transfer 3 cups of cooked chili into a food processor and process until pureed; add the pureed chili back into the remaining chili and stir to combine. Taste for salt and pepper.

Stir in cilantro and serve.

So quick and easy!