Meatless Monday — Chili

Nov, 11, 2013

Ugh! Today is really rainy and cold. On this kind of day, you need something warm and comforting for your body; for me, that’s chili. Chili is one of those dishes that tastes better the longer it cooks, and tastes great as a leftover. There are a million different versions of chili, but I have only one and I’d love to share it with you all. I like to serve my chili topped with diced avocado, cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds and a side of corn bread.


  • 2 large garlic, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. green jalapeño pepper, mincedBlack bean chili with chocolate
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. dark unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • Bragg’s liquid aminos to taste
  • chili pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, minced

Heat oil in a large saucepan on low/medium heat. Cook garlic and jalapeño peppers for 1 minute. Add carrots, corn, tomatoes, tomato paste, dark chocolate, maple syrup, water and 1 tbsp. Bragg’s liquid amino’s to start with. Reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes. Add zucchini and simmer another 5 minutes. Add more Bragg’s if needed, black beans, chili pepper, and sprinkle on cilantro before serving.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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Hello there! My name is Fredrika and I’m a Sweden native living in San Diego, California with my husband James and our three children. I’m an environmental writer and have been sharing my family’s journey of living zero-waste since we shifted our lifestyle back in 2016.

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