Vegetarian Awareness Month (with recipe!)

October 1st was World Vegetarian Day and it also kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month!

Vegetarians argue that vegetarianism has many health benefits and they have started many movements like Vegetarian Awareness Month which started in 1977. There is also #MeatlessMonday that promotes not eating meat for at least one day a week. Another argument in favor of vegetarianism is that it is not only good for the health and also good for the environment. I bet a few decades ago being vegetarian was a bit tough, as many vegetables were seasonal and some produce wasn’t available in many regions and countries. Thanks to new technologies and transportation means, we now have access to most everything and many people can follow the vegetarian diet without missing a beat.

Vegetarian Awareness Month


The vegetarian diet has proven to have many benefits to our health, environment, and also our budgets. Here are only a few:

  • Reduces risk of heart diseases
  • Saves animals from suffering
  • Conserves fresh water
  • Has a better impact on the general ecosystem and wildlife
  • Decreases greenhouse gas emissions  

Many people are against the vegetarianism, because they argue that they need their “protein”. However, legumes, eggs, and nuts are full of protein and they are animal free. Below we will be sharing one of our favorite nutrient-rich vegetarian chili.


Vegetarian Chili
A delicious vegetarian chili
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  2. 1/2 cup (75 grams) chopped yellow onions
  3. 1 cup (150 grams) chopped red bell peppers
  4. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  5. 2 to 3 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced, depending upon taste
  6. 1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
  7. 2 cups (150 grams) fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
  8. 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), stemmed, wiped clean and cubed
  9. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  10. 1 tablespooon ground cumin
  11. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  12. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  13. 4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  14. 2 cans cooked black beans, or canned beans, rinsed and drained
  15. 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  16. 1 cup (240 mL) vegetable stock, or water
  17. 1/4 cup (30 grams) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  18. Cooked brown rice, accompaniment
  19. Sour cream or strained plain yogurt, garnish
  20. Diced avocado, garnish
  21. Essence, recipe follows, garnish
  22. Chopped green onions, garnish
  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and serrano peppers, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the zucchini, corn, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the tomatoes and stir well.
  6. Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
  9. Adjust the seasoning, to taste.
To serve
  1. place 1/4 cup of brown rice in the bottom of each bowl.
  2. Ladle the chili into the bowls over the rice.
  3. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and spoonful of avocado.
  4. Sprinkle with Essence and green onions and serve.


There are many different recipes out there for delicious vegetarian dishes. However, what’s even better is having someone cook them for you, while you just sit back and relax! Guess what? We’ve got you covered! We have the perfect Private Chefs that specialise in vegetarian cuisine to please your taste buds. Chef Nabz&G are your go-to Chefs if you’re in Dubai; Kuwait City has got Chef Karanveer who will delight you with his Indian and International dishes; Chef Dima in Beirut will take you on a delicious trip to Syria without leaving your table; in DC we have Chef Madea, who will satisfy your soul food cravings, vegetarian style! Hurry up, book them now! For your #MeatlessMonday or for any regular day.