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Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili {Picky Palate Cookbook Giveaway}

Last week packed up our mini-van and drove to Illinois to visit my family. Josh helped my dad with a home renovation project while I spent most of my time in the kitchen. I was much more useful in the kitchen. I don’t do so well with sheetrock, sanding, and painting. I don’t think the guys minded because every time they came into the kitchen they had something yummy to sample.

One night, we had family and friends over for a soup and chili party. I made Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili from our good friend Jenny’s new cookbook, The Picky Palate Cookbook. When I saw this chili recipe in Jenny’s book, I immediately bookmarked it. I love a chili that is packed with vegetables. Plus, this recipe has chickpeas, cilantro, and lime-all of my favorites.

This chili can be made in about 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for a weeknight meal. All of the ingredients get tossed into one large pot so there isn’t a lot of clean-up. I also love this recipe because it is vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian-which makes it perfect for serving a crowd. And if you are a meat lover, I promise you won’t miss the meat. This chili is full of flavor and very satisfying. And the kiddos will love all of the colorful vegetables. Caleb devoured his bowl of chili.

Everyone at the party loved the Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili. It was actually the first thing to go! We are going to make this chili all winter long. It’s already a family favorite. Thanks Jenny for the fabulous recipe!

Make sure you check out Jenny’s new book, The Picky Palate Cookbook. It is filled with over 100 delicious family friendly recipes-starting with breakfast and ending with dessert. Almost all of the recipes can be made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. We started bookmarking recipes in the book, but stopped because we were bookmarking them all! We can’t wait to cook, bake, and eat our way through The Picky Palate Cookbook. We love Jenny’s simple and creative style. Her recipes are easy to follow and a hit every time! Congratulations Jenny! We are loving the book!

The giveaway is now closed. The winners are Dina (#111), Erica (#39), and Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom (#370). Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered.

To enter to win a copy of The Picky Palate Cookbook, leave a comment on this post, telling us what your favorite weeknight meal. There will be THREE winners! 

The giveaway is open until Friday, November 16th at 11:59 p.m. MST. The giveaway is only open to USA residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

An easy, healthy, and flavorful chili the entire family will love!


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped white onion
1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
1 1/2 cups yellow squash
1 cup chopped mini sweet peppers
1 8-ounce package baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, zucchini, yellow squash, sweet peppers, and baby bells and cook, stirring, until tender, 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, broth, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper, stir to combine and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until ready to serve.

Disclosure:  The Picky Palate Cookbook giveaway is being provided by Wiley & Sons. All opinions shared are our own.

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481 Responses to “Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili {Picky Palate Cookbook Giveaway}”

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 3:21 am

    Favorite weeknight meal is a big salad, tons of fresh seasonal veggies on top, with tofu or tempeh and homemade salad dressing. Easy but I never get sick of it – and it’s fast!

    Congrats to Jenny on her book! Woot!!!

  2. Kyleigh — November 12, 2012 @ 3:29 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is ginger chicken – it’s a crockpot recipe that takes about 10 minutes to throw in in the morning and then it’s ready by dinner time!

  3. Evan McFatridge — November 12, 2012 @ 4:23 am

    Favourite week night meal would have to be seared salmon and a creative salad to go with! Yummo!

  4. Jenny — November 12, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    Favorite weeknight meal at our house is pasta night- My kids gobble up pasta!

  5. Anne — November 12, 2012 @ 5:46 am

    We are boring/lazy. Our favorite weeknight meal are grilled cheese sandies.

  6. Blog is the New Black — November 12, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    Looks amazing. Chili is actually my favorite weeknight meal!

  7. Joy — November 12, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    I know this is going to sound crazy, but this time of year, I love to eat a warm bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal for dinner. But my favorite (fall) weeknight dinner to MAKE for my family is a delectable butternut squash and caramelized onion galette. It’s always a hit, and smells divine coming out of the oven. Thank you Maria and Josh for running this contest- I’m keeping my fingers crossed, because I’d love to add Jenny’s cookbook to my collection!

  8. Liz B. — November 12, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    We love honey lime chicken enchiladas.

  9. Kelsey — November 12, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    We live burrito bowls made with crockpot salsa chicken. I love coming home to dinner!

  10. Linda K. — November 12, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is good old fashioned meatloaf with potatoes.

  11. Sandra — November 12, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is tacos!

  12. Joy — November 12, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    I know this is going to sound crazy, but this time of year, I love to eat a warm bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal for dinner. Thank you Maria and Josh for running this contest- I’m keeping my fingers crossed, because I’d love to add Jenny’s cookbook to my collection!

  13. Sarah — November 12, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Right now its thai chicken curry in the crockpot. It makes the house smell great and there is always a ton left for lunches!

  14. Katie — November 12, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is called “Pasta Mama” – it’s a dish with pasta, egg, garlic and parmesan cheese. It’s really quick to make, we add some veggies and I don’t feel as bad about eating pasta for dinner because at least we’re getting some protein from the egg!

  15. Cindy1655 — November 12, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    My favorite weeknight meal would be a baked vegetable lasagne. Last night I made it with black olives, mushrooms, and steamed spinach. It was a hit!

  16. Jen — November 12, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Chicken Fried Rice. I almost always have the ingredients on hand and everyone loves it.

  17. Louisa — November 12, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    My favorite weeknight meal lately has been baked falafel served with plenty of lettuce, tomato, feta, and whatever other veggies we have around. Easy, fast, delicious and wholesome!

  18. Cindi — November 12, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    In the summer, a sald with lots of veggies and my home made lemon chili pepper dressing. In the winter, soups and chilis.

  19. Carole Resnick — November 12, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is short ribs made in slow cooker and served over rice.

  20. Jennifer Fredericks — November 12, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is pot roast. Simple and easy in the slow cooker and oh so good! would love to win the cookbook since I have a few picky eaters in my house! Thanks for the chance!

  21. Saralie — November 12, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Our favorite meal is Chicken Shawarmas. Thanks for this great give-away

  22. Ilo R. — November 12, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    Anything pasta!

  23. My favorite weeknight meal is chicken fajitas! I must have them at least twice a week! I love adding left over veggies with chicken, hot sauce and greek yogurt! Yum!! Or even vegetarian tacos/burritos with black beans!! Ok, it’s 4:30 am and now I want tacos! Ohh, and egg burritos! :)

  24. Tracey — November 12, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Our current favorite weeknight meal is probably chicken enchilada spaghetti. It’s one of my husband’s most requested meals :)

  25. Laura — November 12, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is pasta with meatballs. I make a homemade marinara sauce that everyone loves. And with meatballs, Parmesan cheese, a green salad and a glass of red wine–I’m happy! Especially if someone else cleans up.

  26. Rachael — November 12, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is Chocolate Chili from Well Fed, so delicious!

  27. Kim — November 12, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is called “takeout”. It’s so yummy… I cook all week and like to have the weekends off.

  28. Karen D — November 12, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    mac and cheese (homemade, not boxed)

  29. Katie — November 12, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Tortallini Soup is our go to for weeknights.

  30. Yasee — November 12, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is pasta and cheese!

  31. anyone4curryandotherthings — November 12, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    gosh – delicious looking – can nearly smell the aroma! Heck, now I will have to make this and I dont have enough time – but I will have to make time, right?!
    Thanks. Ciao Carina

  32. Jenny — November 12, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Favorite weekend night meal — roasted chicken.

  33. Janice E — November 12, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    Pasta of all types — and soups in winter. Love Jenny’s recipes…..

  34. Clara — November 12, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Enchiladas! I make them Sunday night and can eat then all week long. They are light enough for lunch and filling. Make a great supper too.

  35. Sara — November 12, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    Pizza is always the favorite in our house

  36. Molly — November 12, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    During the fall and winter months, my favorite weeknight meal is taco soup. It’s super easy to make and so yummy!

  37. Lee W — November 12, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Salmon is always a favorite! It’s so easy to cook and is ready in no time, great after a long day of work!

  38. Cindy — November 12, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Our favorite weekday meal is baked chicken and mashed potatoes with steamed vegetables. My girls love mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables and could have them at every meal!

  39. Erica — November 12, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    What a fun chili! I’m always up for new mix ups on chili. And you know my Josh loves lime so I know he could get behind this!

  40. traci — November 12, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    It can change depending on the time of year but we love spaghetti.

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