What else you do when the weather is like it is (in Northern California)? …… Make lots of yummy, warm goodness.  So Sunday was clam chowder,  Monday veggie chili and Tuesday creamy broccoli soup

We have lots stored in the freezer for those dreaded weeknight meals (when we work).  I love to cook, but when you get home at about 6:00 after being at work all day and just having picked up the kiddos, there isn’t much inspiration or desire to do a grand meal.  So to have homemade, wholesome food ready to go – perfect!

There is nothing better, on a cold, rainy day than to cook soup – the warmth that fills the house, the smells that permeate through everything, and the multitude of “tastes” you must take throughout the cooking process to make sure it’s just right!  Ohhhhhh, if I could spend every cold winter day  like this – I would be a happy mama 🙂

I think the next batch of veggie chili will need to be a double – the kids devoured it (plus with all the different spices we put in it – it’s great for Ryder’s Ayurvedic constitution which is Kapha).

Veggie Chili

1 package ground meatless

1 can kidney beans

1 can pinto beans

1 can black beans

1 can whole tomatoes

tomato sauce ( I don’t always use a full can – it all depends on how I’m feeling and how the chili is looking)


peppers (green, red, yellow or orange – or all)




cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, a little cinnamon

sauté carrots, garlic, onion – throw in peppers for a bit before adding the ground meatless.  Add all the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce and spices.  simmer for a while

sometimes if I’m feeling sweet I add a little agave or honey.

Hope you have something warming you during these cold winter months.