smokey butternut chili served in a white bowl

Vegan Smokey Butternut Chili (healthy comfort food)

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If you are searching for a warming, comforting, and healthy winter meal, you are at the right place! This Smokey Vegan Butternut Chili will conquer everyone in the family! Besides, it is meal-prep friendly too: you can make a larger portion and save it in the fridge for a few days.

Vegan butternut chili health benefits

The main ingredients of the vegan butternut chili are all easy to find and jam-packed in nutrients.

The first is butternut squash. This amazing vegetable is loaded with nutrients. Indeed, it contains numerous vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium copper, and phosphorus. All these minerals can help to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, regulate blood pressure, and boost immunity. Butternut squash can also be a precious ally in losing weight, due to its quite low caloric power.

The second ingredient is beans. This legume is indeed a powerhouse of nutrients. They are an excellent source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and folate. In addition, they help promote good gut health and to prevent diabetes and fatty liver.

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Ingredient Selection Tips

Beans

Make sure to always check the ingredients list when buying canned beans. In particular, try to avoid added salt, sugar, or additives.

Liquid Smoke

Liquid smoke is usually near the barbecue sauce on supermarket shelves. Read the food label to make sure that the product you are buying is all-natural.

Noteworthy Health Benefits

Beans

Beans are an excellent source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and folate. Find out why they are good for our health:

  • They can help lower the risk of heart disease
  • Beans are good for weight management
  • They can help reduce the risk of cancer
  • Beans can prevent diabetes
  • They can prevent fatty liver
  • This legume is also good for gut health

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash is an amazing vegetable. It is loaded with nutrients while being low in calories. Indeed, it contains vitamins such as vitamins A, C, E, B1, B3, B6, B9, and minerals like calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.

Let’s list some of its main health benefits:

  • It may help lower the risk of heart disease
  • Butternut squash help to reduce the risk of some cancers
  • It may protect against mental decline
  • This veggie may help in losing weight
  • It may help in lowering blood pressure
  • Butternut squash can prevent asthma
  • It is good for hair and skin health
  • This powerful food may lower cancer risk
  • It is good for healthy digestion
  • Butternut squash can boost immunity
smoky butternut chili served in a white bowl

Smokey Butternut Chili

Yum Caitlin Havener
you are searching for a warming, comforting, and healthy winter meal, you are at the right place! This Smokey Vegan Butternut Chili will conquer everyone in the family! And it is meal-prep friendly too: you can make a larger portion and save it in the fridge for a few days.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large pot or Instant pot
  • Sauté onion, garlic, and red bell pepper until onion is starting to turn translucent.
  • Add all ingredients to the pan and mix.
  • If on the stove, bring to boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover. Simmer until butternut squash is cooked, ~10 minutes. If cooking in a pressure cooker put the lid on and set to sealing. Pressure cook high for 3 minutes.
  • Adjust salt, pepper, and ground red pepper, as needed.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 12gFat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 6195mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 14gSugar: 11g
Keyword healthy comfort food, healthy dinner, smokey butternut chili, WFPB
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