Monday: Recipe Day with Snow Chili

Vegan Goodness:

Today we ate:

  • Breakfast: Blueberry smoothies for Dad and LP followed by oatmeal for everyone!
  • Lunch: Leftover chili for Mom and IP.  LP and Dad had some hummus on toast and quinoa!
  • Dinner: Kale, mushrooms and udon noodles in miso broth.  Accompanied by Chinese five-spice baked tofu.

Money Matters:

Today we had a low-key day at home.  Nothing spent!

Monday Munchies: Recipe of the Week

Snow chili is one of my favorite winter dishes.  It is a white bean-based chili with some basic spices that somehow all come together beautifully.  Serve it with some tortilla chips for some serious deliciousness!

Note: I use frozen tofu to give this dish some great texture.  Simply freeze a block of tofu (at least overnight, but it can last in the freezer pretty much forever).  Then, the morning you are going to make the chili, set the tofu on the counter to thaw.  When it is thawed take it out of the package and squeeze the tofu over the sink.  Tons of water should come out, like squeezing out a sponge.  Then cut it into cubes and it is ready for chili.

Snow Chili


1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TB olive oil
1 16oz block of extra firm tofu, frozen, thawed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (see note)
3 cups of veggie stock
4 1/2 cups of white beans, such as Great Northern beans or navy beans.  (This is about 4, 14 oz cans)
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 TB dried basil OR 3 TB chopped fresh basil
1/4 fresh cilantro, chopped


1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until soft (about 5 minutes)

2. Add the rest of the ingredients except cilantro and bring to a simmer.  Simmer uncovered for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  If chili becomes to think or dry, add more veggie broth or water.

3. About five minutes before serving, add cilantro

Tofu and white beans make a great snowy chili!
Tofu and white beans make a great snowy chili!

3 thoughts on “Monday: Recipe Day with Snow Chili

  1. If you included pics of food with your posts, even just the cover of the book it’s from, I’d pin just about every single one to my Pinterest recipe boards. 😉

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m so bad about remembering to take pictures of our food before we eat it. And now that the baby is eating too there are fewer and fewer leftovers to photographic once I remember! But your suggestion about the book cover was great! I just added a picture of the ingredients for the chili (since I still had some of those). Thanks for the suggestion!!! And I’m flattered to be “pinned” by anyone 😉

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