Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity

Vegetarian Black Bean Chilli (Serves12)

Ingredients:

• 3 onions, diced
• 2 zucchini, diced
• 1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree
• 1/2 lb dried black beans
• 1/4 lb dried white bean
• 1/4 lb dried kidney beans
• 3 jalapeno peppers, chopped finely
• 8 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 (12 ounce) package vegetarian ground meat, or lean ground beef
• 5 tablespoons cumin
• 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon chili powder

Directions
Soak the dried beans in water overnight as per package instructions. (Add 1 tsp baking soda to the beans so they’re less likely to cause stomach upset!).
Rinse beans and put in crock pot.
Add all the other ingredients to the crock pot, and add enough water to cover contents.
Cook on “high” for at least 8 hours.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Onions: Warm, Pungent. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Zucchini: Cool, Sweet. Clears heat, detoxifies, promotes urination, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness.
Tomatoes: Sweet, Sour, Cold. Promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements the Kidneys.
Black Beans: Warm, Sweet. Tonifies Kidneys, nourishes Yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination.
White Beans: Sweet, Cool. Tonifies Qi, nourishes blood, clears heat, resolves dampness, promotes bowel movements, strengthens Lungs, calms spirit.
Kidney Beans: Neutral, Sweet. Strengthens digestion, promotes elimination, diuretic.
Garlic: Hot, Pungent. Anti-viral, anti-fungal, removes stagnant food and blood.
Soy Meat: Cool, Sweet. Clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies, strengthens Spleen and Stomach.
Burger Meat: Sweet, Warm. Suppliments the Spleen and Stomach, nourishes Qi and blood, strengthens tendons and bones.
Chili Powder / Cayenne Pepper: Hot. Invigorates blood, warms digestion.
Cumin: warm – strengthens the stomach, arrests bleeding, diuretic, and relieves flatulence
Black Pepper: Hot and Pungent. Warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning.

Overall Action: Warms and nourishes Kidneys, promotes digestion and drains dampness.