Note: This recipe is especially for kids with lactose intolerance, who need to limit or avoid dairy products.
Prep time: 1 hour
What you need:
- 3/4 cup onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1-1/2 cups zucchini, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup yellow squash, finely chopped
- 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
- 42 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 1 can (16 ounces) light red kidney beans, drained
- 2 cans (16 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained
- 8 ounces soy cheddar cheese
- oven (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
- knife (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
- heatproof spatula or large wooden spoon
- large stockpot
- measuring spoons
What to do:
- In a large stockpot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Cook until soft (several minutes).
- Add chili powder, basil, oregano, and cumin to the stockpot and mix.
- Stir in zucchini, squash, and carrots and blend well. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add tomatoes and kidney beans.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until thick.
- Top each serving of chili with 1 ounce of soy cheddar cheese and enjoy!
Nutritional analysis (per serving):
- 270 calories
- 19g protein
- 4g fat
- 0g sat. fat
- 43g carbohydrate
- 13g fiber
- 0mg cholesterol
- 1,111mg sodium
- 482mg calcium
- 3.2mg iron
Serving size: 1 cup of chili and 1 ounce of cheese
Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.
Variations and suggestions:
- To reduce the sodium content, rinse the kidney beans thoroughly and use low-sodium tomatoes.
- Freeze leftovers in 1-cup servings to eat at a later date. Do not add cheese before freezing.
- Consider sprinkling pepper and more onions on top for added flavor.