Veggie Chili with Soy Chorizo

I changed my layout – what do you think?  Foodbuzz got bought out, so I got an email from the new advertisers giving me the codes to add it to the side of my blog.  Only one problem – I use, not and doesn’t allow me to add plugins. Sad smile  Oh well!

I love sleeping in on Saturday mornings!  Our bedroom has black curtains, so it could be blazing sunny outside and we would have no idea.  We don’t have any street lights in our neighborhood, so at night, you literally can barely see your hand in front of your face – we love it!

So I woke up at 9:00 today!  Helen, I am sure you haven’t slept in that late in years! Open-mouthed smile

Yesterdays breakfast – I am going to call a creamed spinach egg McMuffin.  I sauteed a cup of baby spinach in a tablespoon of fat free half and half, then added an egg and scrambled it – the spinach/egg mixture was so light and fluffy – I had 2 pieces of bacon and 1/2 an ounce of cheese.  Sadly, I forgot my fruit on the counter at home.  Breakfast comes in at 311 calories, 14 fat, 27 carbs, 2.3 fiber and 16 protein.

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I have to say, the more I run, the better my legs feel.  I am not kidding when after running three 5ks in a row a couple weeks ago, I was like an old woman getting out of bed in the morning.  But now?  I don’t have any problems in my legs.  I went into my run feeling really good.

Only one tiny problem.  My co-worker had an app for her phone to remind her to drink water.  I thought “I already drink enough water, I don’t need that!”  But I decided to download it anyway. It’s called Water Your Body.

Based on my weight, the minimum I should be drinking is 86 ounces of water a day.  Yesterday, I am driving to work and I hear this sound of water being poured into a glass.  When I got to a stop light, a little message popped up and said “you haven’t had any water yet today!”

And when I didn’t add a glass of water to my tally, it would remind me again throughout the day.  So I definitely have gotten my water in the last couple of days.

I started my run and you guessed it, I couldn’t finish it because I had to pee – I was so close too! Look at my time at 2.75 miles in!!!


When I got back from my bathroom break I finished the last part of the 5k:

second half

Combined that would have given me a time of 35:58 for my 5k, only 58 seconds off my goal of 35 minutes, but I can’t count it – but I am so close! Open-mouthed smile

It was Souper Friday at my office again yesterday – I think everyone looks forward to it?  Yesterday I decided to make a vegetarian chili (well, almost, but I used chicken broth).  The base of my chili? Soy chorizo!  Thanks google images:


My store sells this for .99 cents.  I didn’t try it by itself, but it gave a nice smoky hint to the chili.  Of course, I didn’t tell anyone at work it was in there until after they said they liked it! Open-mouthed smile  This made A LOT of soup – 12+ cups, but I put in the nutrition for 12 cups and each cup comes in at 143 calories, 2.5 fat, 24 carbs, 6.6 fiber and 7.3 protein – nice!

Veggie Chili with Soy Chorizo


  • 8 ounces soy chorizo
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chile
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can chili beans, not drained
  • 1 28 oz. can hominy, drained (about 3 cups)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange or yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 32 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat.  Cook the soy chorizo about 5 minutes, breaking it up on the bottom of the pot.  Add in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.  Add in chili powder, cumin and garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add in the carrots and peppers and cook another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Now add in remaining ingredients, reduce heat to low, put a top on the pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.

On the side I made homemade tortilla chips – those went so fast I didn’t get a picture, but thanks google images!  I had a cup and a half of chili, a little bit of cheese, cilantro and sour cream and 5 tortilla chips – lunch comes in at 405 calories, 17 fat, 48 carbs, 10 fiber and 16 protein.

tortilla chips

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I had five people respond that they were in for chili – but somehow I made $23 bucks!  Nice!  This had a nice balance of heat with the canned tomatoes with chiles, but I did offer Tabasco and Frank’s hot sauce on the side.  Tony asked if I had taken the Buffalo Tabasco to work and I said – no way – one needs to stay at home and I need to get a second one for the office.  Not gonna lie, the bottle is already 1/3 gone!

I had to work a little late last night – I texted Tony to let him know, and he asked “can I start dinner?”  That only means one thing – he doesn’t want pizza!  I bought some marinated pork but I didn’t realize when I bought it that the marinade had crushed red peppers in it – Tony can’t handle the spice.

He took matters into his own hands and dinner was ready when I got in the door – polish sausage with Zataran’s red beans and rice – it was delicious!  My bowl comes in at 441 calories, 18 fat, 47 carbs, 6 fiber and 18 protein.


I have a confession to make – I had two glasses of wine last night.  I know I said that I wasn’t going to drink for 21 days, but it was a long week, Friday night, and I gave in.  But I have a slight head ache this morning, so I am not going to make that a habit by any means.  I even included the calories in my daily intake!

Stats for Friday:

  • 1352 calories, 51 fat, 129 carbs, 19 fiber and 51 protein Pizza
  • 45 minutes total treadmill, included 5k Bunny
  • completed 11 5ks in the last 13 days for 34.1 miles! Surprised smile
  • average blood sugar 153 Birthday cake
  • 2 glasses of wine Martini glass

This morning we are clean sweeping and deep cleaning our living room in preparation for Thanksgiving – moving the couches, etc.

Then this afternoon I am going to Hannah’s house!  They are having a pre-holiday open house and I can’t wait to see her face.  I am making her some granola with honey roasted cashews – she loves cashews just like my Dad did!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


15 thoughts on “Veggie Chili with Soy Chorizo

  1. I love soy chorizo, our Jewels doesn’t stock it anymore though. Have a great weekend, enjoy your visit with Hannah.

  2. Oh, do you normally not include calories from wine?

  3. Weighting For 50

    I like the new layout Vat. Have a GREAT weekend! (btw, I laughed at not taking the favorite hot sauce to work. so funny)

  4. I’ve seen soy chorizo and various other meatless sausages around. I’ve had meatless italian sausage and they’re pretty good…not going to lie either, I do love me some smart dogs on a regular basis.

    I need a good chili recipe for Darren. He wants a spicy meaty chili, so I’ll have to check out your other chili recipes. 🙂 And also, I’d really like some black curtains in my room, I hate having light in my room when I am trying to sleep!

  5. I’m not sure what the layout changes are to be honest. First glance w/o reading it changed I thought it seemed different but can’t say why. I’m just here to read your blog 🙂

  6. Thanks for the tip on that water app, I downloaded it to try! I am bad about drinking water. And wtg on your 5ks, that is awesome.
    Mmm cashews! Hannah has the right idea! Sounds like you’re going to have a great weekend.
    I like the layout, it seem cleaner I guess? I spot lots of recipes I want to try

  7. Love that pic of your veggie chili! So purdy! I’ve used soyrizo before and liked it too but it’s been a long time. I think I liked it better than regular cuz it wasn’t so greasy! Man, if I weren’t so cheap, I’d get my Dad a smartphone just so I could download that app for him (he’s on our phone plan but we all have cheapos and we don’t have texting or internet usage on our plan). He needs it-right now I’m his water app and I have to call him just to ask “Have you drank any water today?” The answer is always no!! He drives me crazy! lol Hope you had a great time with Hanners!

  8. I like the layout! But are you sure about the plugins? I have a self-hosted wordpress and can add plugins (although I haven’t tried foodbuzz for obvious reasons). Thank goodness for hotsauce – must be your savior since Tony can’t do spicy.

  9. If you ever want to self host – I’ll help you do it and change it to a site – so you can do Food Buzz – I’ll help you with that – its super easy.

    I like your new layout though!

  10. Thanks for the tip of the water app. I downloaded it immediately, I always say I drink enough water but am curious if I really do.

    Personally I don’t see anything wrong with drinking 2 glasses on a Friday night. You worked hard, you deserved a little treat.

  11. I love the soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s (it’s on our Thanksgiving menu!), but you definitely get a better deal than I do.

    Thanks for that great tip on the water app! I’m definitely gonna check it out.

  12. This was really tasty! But a note from a picky vegetarian (who made it vegetarian):

    If someone at work brought in a chili that looked like it had meat, many carnivores would eat it without question. I have two friends with soy allergies and one who has to avoid it because of his thyroid. Banishing people to the toilet for the night (or triggering thyroid-related panic attacks) because of a ‘surprise’ isn’t very kind 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for the water app tip. I often find myself heading to the gym and realizing I was so focused at work that I’m on the dehydrated side!

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