Friday, September 15, 2017

Lentil and TVP chili

If you like to meal prep, then this recipe is perfect!
It keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days, you can freeze it...
If you don't want to use it for a meal prep, or you don't do that, then you can make only half or 1/3 of the recipe...
But believe me, it's really tasty, high in protein and quite healthy.


200 g (1 cup) red lentils, dry
200 g (1 cup) green OR brown lentils, dry
200 g (2 cups) TVP, dry
500 ml (2 cups) tomato sauce
250 g (2 cups) carrots, diced
150 g (cup) onions
200 g (cup) sweet pepper,diced
250 g (1.6 cups) mushrooms, diced
1500 ml (6 cups water or veggie broth)
6-10 g (2-4 tsp) chili powder (according to your spice preference)
10 g (4 tsp) paprika
1.5 g (1 tsp) cumin, ground
2.5 g (1.5 tsp) coriander, ground
6 g (2 tsp) turmeric
2 g (1 tsp) black pepper
5 g (1 tsp) salt
1 g (1/2 tsp) sage
1 g (1/2 tsp) basil

Hydrate the TVP for about 10 minutes in hot water or according to instructions.
Chop all the vegetables.
In a large pan saute the onions in some water or veggie broth (or some vegetable oil, if you prefer) until soft. Add the carrots and cook for about 4-5 minutes adding some more water if you need more.
Add the spices, lentils, TVP and peppers. Mix well. Add 5 cups of water or broth. Let everything cook for about 15-20 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and the mushrooms. Add the rest of the water/ broth if you want it more watery than it is.
Serve over some grains with some fresh greens (basil, parsley or cilantro on top)

You can substitute beans for lentils. But in this case, you better use cooked beans: 5 cups cooked beans for the 2 cups dried lentils.
If you don't have TVP (or you don't want to use any) you can skip it altogether or you can add some more beans (or chickpeas).

You have a video version of this recipe here:


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    1. Thank you! I have more recipes here and even more on my YouTube channel, if you're interested :)

  2. I have never used TVP, but i thought i could substitute quinoa instead. Do you think this would work? I ask because your recipe doesn't say at what temperature to "cook for 15-20 minutes".

    1. I've ever made it with quinoa, And I only have a gas stove.
      Usually, I make recipes like this on medium heat. I can't tell you a temperature, as it's a gas flame