No Cook Spiralized Summer Chili (Vegan)

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I’ve got Cinqo de Mayo on the mind and am eating this spiralized summer chili by the pound. This dish screams summer and is chalk full of nutrients.  

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If you love the flavor profile of chili but prefer cold foods and salads in the summer, you’re bound to love this dish.  Loaded with spiralized zucchini, black beans, corn, and mexican spices – it is no bake, no cook, can be made with a veggetti or other spiralizer of choice, and completely plant-based.

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In fact, you might even find me hibernating next winter with this chili; it’s  much faster to put together than stovetop chili, and I’m allllllllll about efficiency these days. It’s summer, I ain’t got time to stand over a stove all night!

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I have a feeling I’ll be eating a lot of summer chili in the coming weeks.  I just signed up for Color Me Rad (!!!) 5k here in Toronto on May 30th and will definitely be looking to this dish for healthy doses of carbs and protein.

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Admittedly, I have been slacking on my running since I ran the Scotiabank Half Marathon a year and a half ago, in October 2013. It’s hard to imagine that I ran a whole 21km, and that now I can barely run 5k – which is part of the reason why I signed up for Color Me Rad. If you’ve never heard of it – it’s a very colorful race, to say the least.  While you race you get sprayed with paint and are all the colors of the rainbow by the time you hit the finish line. Sound a little crazy?

The photos are epic. Keep an eye on my Instagram for race day photos. 

I’ve been pretty good about staying active through alternative forms of fitness, like skipping, spinning, walking, biking, and even jumping jacks – but if you’re a runner yourself, you know darn well just how rewarding it is to set a distance goal and meet it.  I hate to think I’ve lost what I worked so hard for – the stamina, the mental capacity, and the strength – to push through 21km.  

This is me, feeling super accomplished after completing 21 kilometers in 2:10. I’ll never forget that moment of pride, crossing the finishing line was so euphoric. I’ve never felt so strong.

It’s really easy to get race fever. After my first 5k, I signed up for a 10k.  After my 10k, I signed up for a half marathon, and after that… I was really tempted to go for a full marathon, but it’s a huge time commitment. Training for a four-hour run over 18-21 weeks is nothing to shake your head at; it requires a lot of physical and mental training. I still may do it one day… but ask me after the 5k. It’s all speculation until then.

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No Cook Spiralized Summer Chili
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 cups spiralized zucchini, skin on, 3mm blade, trimmed
  2. 1 can corn, drained (or 2 cups)
  3. 1 19oz can black beans, drained (or 2 cups)
  4. 1 medium red pepper, diced (or 1 cup)
  5. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (use multicolor if available)
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  8. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  11. Pepper to taste
  12. 2-3 tablespoons lime juice (optional, to taste)
  13. 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional, for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Place spiralized zucchini noodles in a bowl. Using large tongs, coat zucchini noodles with spices (cumin, salt, pepper, chilli powder, cayenne, garlic salt) until evenly distributed.
  2. Mix in black beans and red pepper.
  3. Gently mix in cherry tomato halves and garnish with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir lime juice in if serving right away, otherwise drizzle over individual servings to avoid excess moisture and sogginess.
  5. Serve and garnish with cilantro.
Notes
  1. Store for up to 24-48 hours in an air-tight container.
  2. Zucchini noodles have a high moisture content and emit water. Pour lime juice on immediately before serving to avoid sogginess.
Spiralizer Recipes by Michelle Roberts | Twirly Bites http://www.twirlybites.com/
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