Monday, February 2, 2009

Jamaican Jerk Chili and Vegan Lunch at SweetArt


If you've been looking for a way to enjoy that jerk seasoning in the pantry, this Jamaican Jerk Chili recipe from Vegetarian Times might be the answer. I have a little batch of Penzey's jerk chicken and fish seasoning, which consists of ginger, sweet chili, allspice, thyme, nutmeg, and about eight other spices. It lent a decided aroma of ginger to this chili, which is a chunky dish full of tomatoes, seitan, beans, and potatoes. I followed the stove top cooking directions rather than the ones for the slow cooker, which basically involves putting everything into a pot and cooking on low heat for about one and a half hours. So easy! It's a great recipe for an afternoon when you are puttering around the house, because you just want to stir it every once in a while to make sure it doesn't stick. I added a few cloves of minced garlic and substituted black beans and pintos for kidney beans. This makes a big batch, enough to enjoy now with some to freeze for later, for one of those nights when you just want to defrost a cozy meal and put some reggae on the iPod.

And a note for St. Louis area readers, SweetArt now offers several vegan lunch items! (They are open Wednesday through Saturday.) Last week I tried the Sweet Burger, which was juicy and a little spicy. The menu also included a vegan tofu salad, baked tofu sandwich, veggie sandwich (vegan if you hold the feta), and pb&j. I'll be back next week to try something new! If I can resist the Sweet Burger, that is. Check it below.


17 comments:

  1. That Sweet Burger looks fantastic! St. Lou, why are you so far away from me????
    I need to round me up some jerk spice - need a little heat to chase away this wet, cold February yuck!

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  2. I wouldn't even dare to resist that Sweet Burger! It looks yummy! (and so does the chili!)

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  3. MMMMMM . . . both the chili and the burger look fantastic! Thanks for linking the chili recipe.

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  4. the chilli sounds great, I love jerk spice!

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  5. Both of those look incredible. I can't get over that burger!

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  6. I've got to make it a point to go to SweetArt. I was in Foundation Grounds, the new earth-friendly coffee shop in Maplewood, and people were talking about it there too!

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  7. Yum - I need to try jerk chili!

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  8. Potatoes in chili sounds like a fine idea to me. I'm gonna have to try that. It's like chili fries, only with the potatoes in your chili.

    That burger looks so drool-worthy. I wish I lived in St. Louis right now.

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  9. Ya man! I want some Jamaican Jerk Chili!

    That is one yummy looking burger. Even the bun looks tasty!

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  10. Yeah! That burger looks amazing!

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