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Lickety-Split: 4-Minute Vegan Chili Mac

Recipes so tasty you will want to eat your fill—and so healthy you actually can!

4 ingredients + 4 minutes = FANTASTIC! This chili is so quick and satisfying!

4 ingredients + 4 minutes = FANTASTIC! This chili is so quick and satisfying!

Everyone Deserves a Night Off

I prepare most of the food I eat from scratch most of the time. (Practically a requirement when eating healthy and plant-based.) Sometimes, I really want a break from cooking or am simply crunched for time, and I don't want to resort to less-than-healthy fast food or takeout.

So, I created some super-simple, super-fast recipes I have termed "Lickety-Split" recipes. They use grocery store convenience products that adhere to the nutritional standards I try to live by. While there is still some cooking involved, it is minimal—no more difficult than heating up a plate of leftovers. Enjoy this yummy chili mac and your night off!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 min

3 min

4 min

4 (2-cup) servings

This is all you need to make your chili mac!

This is all you need to make your chili mac!

Ingredients

  • 1 can vegan chili (see tip below)
  • 1 can chili beans, no salt added
  • 1 can Rotel, no salt added
  • 1 package elbow-shaped Ready Pasta (see tip and spoiler alert below)

Optional Toppings

  • Diced avocado
  • Vegan shredded cheddary cheez
  • Chopped jalepeños
  • Chopped onions
  • Mustard (think Chili Cheez Coney-ish)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add all ingredients. Stir to combine.
  2. Simmer for 3 minutes. Serve. Enjoy!
Add in a tablespoon of cocoa powder while heating, and make it Cincinnati-style!

Add in a tablespoon of cocoa powder while heating, and make it Cincinnati-style!

Tips and Tricks

  • Vegan Canned Chili: Note that most, if not all, canned "vegetarian" chili is actually vegan. I recommend trying either Amy's or Trader Joe's. They are both tofu-based, which complements the chili beans and Rotel nicely.
  • Ready Pasta: Fully cooked and shelf stable, Barilla Ready Pasta is a very convenient, time-saving ingredient. You can, of course, use leftover pasta in its place. Two cups cooked pasta is equivalent to one package.

Spoiler Alert

The Ready Pasta used in this recipe is not whole grain. Currently, Barilla doesn't have a whole grain option in this line. However, in this particular recipe, I feel the convenience factor outweighs the nutritional boon of an additional gram or two of fiber. As is, this recipe has an impressive 13 grams of fiber per serving, just over half the RDA.

Swap out Ready Rice for the pasta to make this a gluten-free dish!

Swap out Ready Rice for the pasta to make this a gluten-free dish!

© 2017 Stacy Becker

Comments

Tom Lohr from Magdalena, NM on October 11, 2017:

Wow. 4 minutes is nothing for such a delicious and nutritious dinner. I am trying this recipe this week with my family. I am sure they will love it!