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Vegetarian Chili with Beans and Veggie Crumbles

Vegetarian Chili with Beans and Veggie Crumbles

Hello! Welcome to my first blog post. I am an artist, photographer, retoucher, wife and dog mom. I have been a keen cook and gardener for years and want to combine all of the things I love into this blog (therefore I am still learning how to create a blog and share recipes, so thank you in advance for your patience.



Change is hard. I have to admit change is the thing that I am struggling with most right now. I no longer feel as if I have an anchor. My mind is occupied with new possibilities, new challenges and a sense of loss. For the last 5 years, my company, Brilliant Pixel Imaging, has been so busy, I haven't had much time to think about the future because my days are spent putting out fires and dealing with the task at hand. Next week, we are losing our biggest client and that constant state of being in the moment will be gone. It is forcing me to think about what I want to “do.” What does that even mean?

So, let me back the last 5 years, I started a company, bought a house, got sued and had a hysterectomy (in that order). I have been so blessed to have a supportive family, great friends and amazing clients. Wouldn't it be great if life could just stick to what you had planned? I had planned to grow my company with our existing client as a base, then later take on special projects and work with new amazing photographers. Now we are back to square one. I had to lay off employees (which was the hardest thing I have ever had to do because my team is AMAZING). I am so disappointed in myself, even though there was nothing that I could have done to retain my client (corporate decision). What do we do when we are forced to change? How do we take all of the tangent thoughts and find a new defined path?


Again, I am back to the question of what do I want to “do.” I suppose it is a luxury to be able to ask myself this question. I have the time now to put into action the ideas (and there are many) that I have been kicking around for years. I want to get back to making photographs. I want to explore my city (Columbus, Ohio). I want to meet new people. I want to create recipes to share with others. I want to get healthy again. Most of all I want to find a balance with my work and personal life. BUT (and it a big ol' BUT)...wanting and doing are two different things. Do I have the motivation to change my wants into action. Personally, I have struggled with this for years. My hysterectomy on December 11, 2018 happened because I have endometriosis. Endometriosis depleted my energy. It made me feel like I was being lazy, when really I was exhausted and in pain. Now I am recovering from a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (I had all my lady parts removed).

I have never been the type of person that shares much outside of my tight social circle. I am an introvert. You will not find many posts on my Facebook page. When life gets hard, I tend to withdraw even from my closest friends because its hard to admit I am struggling. Do you ever get stuck in a loop of negative thoughts or worse yet, as I am feeling now, the thoughts are swirling around so fast I cannot land on one thing to try and fix it?

So, let’s make some comforting Chili and figure things out as we go!

Karl is ready for some Chili!

Karl is ready for some Chili!


Vegetarian Chili with Beans and Veggie Crumbles

Author: Jodi Boatman Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes Yields: 4 Servings WW: 4 Freestyle Points


1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium green pepper chopped
1 red mini pepper chopped
1 orange mini pepper chopped
1 yellow mini pepper chopped
Pinch of salt
1 12 oz package of Morningstar Farm Grilled Crumbles
2 TBSP chili powder
1/2 TSP paprika
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP cumin
1 pinch of red pepper flakes (to taste)
1/2 TSP Super Veg*
1 Package of Sazon Goya
1 15.5 oz canned black beans drained
1 15.5 oz canned kidney beans drained
1 15.oz canned tomato sauce
1 8 oz canned tomato sauce
1/2 TSP agave
1 TBSP ketchup
Garnish with scallions and cilantro


  • Add oil to a large soup pot and place over medium-high heat. Heat oil for 2 minutes.

  • Add onion and peppers and pinch of salt. Cook for 4 minutes until softened but not brown.

  • Add Morningstar Farms crumbles and cook for 6 minutes.

  • Stir in chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, super veg, sazon and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Stir constantly.

  • Add black beans, kidney beans and tomato sauce. Cook on low for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  • Remove from heat and stir in agave and ketchup.

Garnish with scallions and cilantro (optional)

*If you cannot find super veg, you can use salt to taste.

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