Chili Powder

Pre-mixed chili powder is easy to find at just about every grocery store, but it’s also pretty easy to make yourself. Plus you can give it your own custom flare based on preferences and needs. Mine has only a mild heat and the actual proportion of cumin in each batch varies depending on my mood. This will not quite fill an empty spice jar, but can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled and stored in a mason jar. Ingredients 4 tbsp ground ancho chile 2 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp cocoa powder 2 tsp oregano 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp ground coriander Instructions Mix in a small bowl or glass, and use a small funnel to pour into an empty spice jar. Notes If you like heat, replace any amount of ancho with chipotle or other ground chile. The ancho chili tends to be a pretty mild pepper, but you …

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is vegan, gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and especially nice on cold days. It’s a one-pot meal, and can be cooked in a slow-cooker, pressure cooker, or on a stove. Makes 2-4 servings, and can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled. Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in 1cm cubes 4 cups cooked black beans (cooked from dry, or 2 cans) 1 tbsp avocado, coconut, or other light oil for sauteeing (optional) 1-2 tbsp chili powder OR the following: 1 tbsp ground ancho chile, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2 vegetable bouillon cubes AND 2-4 cups water OR 2-4 cups vegetable broth 1 tbsp lime juice (optional) salt and pepper to taste Instructions In your soup-making vessel, sautee sweet potatoes and spices in oil for a few minutes until fragrant. Add bouillon-and-water or broth; potatoes should be covered or close to covered with …

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