Vegetarian Green Chili: When Life Brings You to a Fork in the Road

by simplylife on January 21, 2013

Often times in life, we come to a fork in the road.  We have two very different roads we can do down.   Often {I hope} they’re both appealing in their own way.  To move forward on one, means you have to sacrifice things from the other.   Sometimes you can see a little bit further down one path; maybe it’s the more stable, predictable road and the other is a giant risk that you will only know one step at a time.

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It might be taking that new job that leads to a career change.  Or buying that first house you’ve been dreaming about.  Or moving somewhere completely new.  Or taking that vacation you’ve been planning in your head for years.

Whatever the decision, I know we have all felt it at one time or another.  It’s exciting, terrifying and confusing all at the same time.

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My husband and I have made several big risks in our lives and marriage.  We’ve moved across the country and across state lines, gone back to school, changed jobs and both traveled and lived abroad.  Each experience has changed us in a different way.  We’ve also passed-up opportunities when we felt it wasn’t the best decision at the time.  Either way, the decisions are never easy to make and you can only hope for the best!

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Maybe it’s this soup that got me thinking all philosophically.  It was in my recent Food Network Magazine.  I dismissed it, thinking it contained too many unique ingredients and continued flipping the pages.  My husband caught a glimpse of it, made it very clear that it would be something he would like to try and felt we could adjust the intimidating ingredient list to suit our preferences.

Sure, this wasn’t anything life-changing…well, actually, maybe it was.  After 3 grocery stores and a bit of frustration, I found hominy…and I have a feeling I will be using it a lot more in the future.  This soup is spicy, hearty and the hominy adds a subtle, yet unmistakable touch, that you’re sure to keep going back for more.

Vegetarian Green Chili

by Simply Life

Adapted from Food Network

Keywords: entree soup/stew side vegetarian beans potatoes Southwest

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green pepper, cleaned and diced
  • 1 Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 – 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers and potato, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook additional minute. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.

2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add in hominy, half the cilantro and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve in bowls, top with additional cilantro and shredded cheese, and enjoy!

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~When have you come to  “a fork in the road” with decisions and opportunities?
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  • Belinda @zomppa

    Mmm so true, sometimes the best decisions require a lot of work, but oh, the payoff!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Agreed!

  • Deepa

    A fork in the road become more difficult if you are your spouse has different call !! But then life is never predictable …Love the serving dish.

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I’m glad you took the risk to make this – looks like it was absolutely worth it!

  • The Squishy Monster

    Creamy-hearty-spiced, I doubt I’d miss the meat with this one =)

  • a farmer in the dell

    Oooh. I love hominy! This post really struck a chord with me. My husband and I recently moved from a successful vegetable farm in MA where we were farming and decided to move across the country to a small town where we don’t know a single person. We are trying to start our own farm. It is scary, exciting, and we feel totally crazy for doing it. This was definitely not the “safe” road. But here we are……

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh such an exciting journey! We’ve done the same thing – although it hasn’t been easy, it’s always been so worth it! I’m excited to keep reading updates about your adventure on your blog!

  • RaceReady

    I’ve had to make a lot of life decisions since graduating from college, but it always comes down to following my passions.

    PS I started blogging again, so feel free to come visit it sometime. :-) raceready.wordpress.com

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III Kristen

    this post is so poignant. beautifully written. I would have no idea where to get hominy!

  • yummychunklet

    Great post!

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    Wow, love your adventurous life! I’ve not tried green chilli in soups; I’m sure it’s real tasty. Have a good week, my friend!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I love the texture that hominy adds to stews and chilis. I’ve never even seen it at the store…I just order it online!

  • http://thehappinessinhealth.com/ Jessie (Happiness in Health)

    I’ve never tried hominy before – I’d love to try it in this soup! It sounds like you’ve had quite a few life changes – and you probably have a lot of fun stories, too :)

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I have never tried hominy either, but this looks so very, very good! I like your reflections on choices and decisions too :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    This looks like the just the dish to contemplate your life on :D

    Cheers
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    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    It sounds like this was a road worth traveling down! I love hominy and all of the ingredients in this! A need to try,

  • http://twitter.com/nilanjanam nilanjana

    The pictures just make me feel healthy looking at them. Will try it out after my workout at the gym tonight. Keep up the good work, I know it’s hard!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I came to a fork in the road last year around this time, and made a really tough decision that I believe was for the best. I am not usually good at decision making and I really, really weigh the pros and cons. Change is hard for me. I can’t find hominy in my city, expect the dry stuff.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    *except

  • Mom

    I like this recipe though have to admit that I though you had a typo and meant to write you found “harmony” choosing which way to go when faced with the fork in the road until I saw that same new word to me hominy in the ingredient list. ha ha

    I’m facing so many forks in the road right now, I could set an entire table! Without my faith in God’s leadership and guidance, it would be overwhelming for sure.

  • Pure and Simple

    This chili sounds great right now. And the philosophical thoughts were a joy to read.

  • Anon

    It’s not vegetarian if it includes chicken broth

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thanks so much! I changed the recipe to include vegetable broth- I completely forgot about that! Thanks again!

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