If someone were to ask me to name my favorite season, I would answer that without a doubt it is Autumn. Guess which season coincidentally begins today?
What is it about Autumn that I love so much?
Although we haven’t quite experienced it yet here in New England, the cold snap in the air is something I look forward to after the heat and humidity of summer. Also, the return to school accompanied by fresh notebooks and new pencils was something I really adored as a young person, and appreciated as a Mom to bring some structure back into our world. Autumn is also that unique time of year here in New England when you can still wear shorts but just need to swap out your tee shirt with a cozy sweater or fleece. That combination of warm on the top with bare legs is something I also love. These are just a few of the many reasons that I treasure the Fall.
And of course, Autumn allows us to reintroduce ourselves to our Dutch ovens and the soups or stews that keep us warm and nourished during cooler temperatures.
Today I am sharing a recipe I developed earlier in the year for a Lentil Chili that I think you will really enjoy. It’s super easy to prepare and you can make it both vegetarian and vegan if you swap out vegetable stock for the chicken broth called for in the recipe. I’ve made the Chili with both brown and green lentils, depending upon what I had in my pantry. Both work just fine.
Lentils are such a fabulous ingredient for Chili as they have great texture and flavor, while providing a good source of protein and fiber. If you are looking for a more traditional chili, then consider trying my Turkey and White Bean Chili.
My friend Betsy tested this recipe for me a couple of times over the course of last winter with great results. This week she shared a bowl with me at my home. I sent her home with most of the leftover chili as we are heading to Pennsylvania for Parent’s Weekend, another wonderful reason to love Autumn. As soon as I finish this post, I will be making a batch of Tailgate Brownies to bring to our daughter and her roommates.
How about you? Do you have a favorite season?
I hope you make a batch of Lentil Chili either for football watching, meatless Monday or just because you love a good chili! If you do, please let me know what you think in the comments.
See you next time…