Black Bean and Yam Chili

myWholeLifeBy myWholeLife Team  ,   ,

October 10, 2012

In this post, we want to provide you with an inspirational vegetarian meal to make at home, because sometimes inspiration is the only thing missing.

Now, to make sure that we are on the same page, we do not believe that being a vegetarian is healthy for everybody, and this is by no means an attempt to push an agenda. We do believe, however, that we can dramatically reduce our meat consumption for a healthier diet. Try skipping the meat one day a week, and with the right meal, you won’t even miss it! This makes a large pot and it also freezes great!

  • Yields: 10 Servings


¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves of garlic chopped

2 onions diced

2 yams cubed (leave the skin on for extra nutrition)

2 carrots diced

2 zucchini diced

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

¼ tsp cayenne (add more or less to taste)

2 tsp harrisa paste (or substitute tomato paste)

2 bay leaves

2 cans of black beans or kidney beans drained and rinsed thoroughly

2—28 fl oz cans whole tomatoes chopped

1 large bunch of kale or swiss chard

3 limes juiced

½ bunch of cilantro chopped

Water or low sodium vegetable stock


1In a large pot, sauté the garlic, onions, yams, zucchini, and carrots in the extra virgin olive oil until soft. Add the dried spices and harissa, and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes.

2Add in the black beans and chopped tomato. Add water or stock to cover, and stir well. Let simmer on medium low for roughly 1 hour.

3Right before serving, add in the chopped kale (keeping its rich green colour), the lime juice, half of the chopped cilantro, and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

4Serve over brown rice or quinoa and garnish with plain yogurt and fresh cilantro.

When I create a recipe or a meal, I always focus on having a proper balance of food. This balance is what helps us feel satiated, and it also ensures we are getting a good mix of nutrients. So even without the meat, you will be getting adequate protein, along with vegetables and grains—a perfect meal! Today, my inspiration being this cool cloudy day, I am craving a big bowl of chill.

Recipe by Natalie Aversa for WholeLife Holistic


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