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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}”

  1. Cindy Ferguson — November 12, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is actually your recipe Maria, spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. It’s delicious and healthy!

  2. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 12, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    My favorite weeknight meals are those that come together in less than 30 minutes. Soups and sandwiches have been popular in this house now that it’s getting cold!

  3. Erin K. — November 12, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    My favorite meal always changes. Right now, my favorite meal is an orzo, eggplant, and mozzarella dish. It’s delicious and good for you!

  4. marissa — November 12, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal right now is roasted tomato Basil soup and grilled cheese!!! Yum

  5. Anna Seek — November 12, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I have lots of weeknight recipes I fall back on. But really my favorites are anything I can put in a crock pot the night before, stow in the frig overnight, and start the next morning. That way dinner’s waiting on me, not the other way around.

  6. Maria Malaveci — November 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is Alfredo! Yummy!


  7. Alysa — November 12, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Spagetti and meatballs…it’s the only meal all four of us like!

  8. Whitney Baze — November 12, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    One of our favorite week night meals happens to be black bean enchiladas. Super quick to put together and very filling.

  9. kesha — November 12, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    My family’s favorite weeknight meal is Chicken Taco Bake

  10. Lauren — November 12, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    My favorite week night meal is grilled chicken with a big salad!

  11. Ilene — November 12, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    A big salad with chicken, veggies, feta, deies cranberries and croutons.

  12. Justin — November 12, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Steak with veggies

  13. Donna — November 12, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Spaghetti Squash with Chicken!

  14. Judith — November 12, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and some steamed veggies.

  15. Emma Cardona — November 12, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Well for me I have not favorite … I’m always busy with work and everyday life so what I discovered is that cooking your dishes that you provide or grabbing a cookbook opening a page and just making that helps keep everyone happy and we never eat the same foods …. I try to always keep staples that ate most common used to avoid not having everything needed for the meal and usually I enjoy what I make better if its not planned I feel that I have more options following others ideas

  16. Amy — November 12, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is a vegetarian stir fry w/ brown rice.

  17. Nana Phyllis — November 12, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Leftovers- haha! I live having soup or chili in the frig for an easy, quick dinner.

  18. Jenny G — November 12, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I think my fave would be tacos because the kids will eat any kind without a fuss.

  19. Kel — November 12, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Chili would be a good one — I make the beef and freeze it, so it comes together quickly.

  20. Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 12, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I LOVE all the veggies in here! My favourite weeknight dinner is anything pasta : )

  21. Eva @ Eva Bakes — November 12, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    We love my mom’s stir fried sticky rice cakes for a weeknight meal.

  22. Marlonwt — November 12, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is chili where all the ingredients are fresh from the garden.

  23. Tiffany K — November 12, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is tacos!! We love all kinds, but especially black bean and rice….with a healthy scoop of homemade guacamole!!

  24. Annette — November 12, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is Dirty Risotto. It is my comfort food!

  25. Jan Morrison — November 12, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    I am new to your blog and I love reading your stories. My 20 yr old daughter sent me your pumpkin french toast recipe and it will be the first recipe we conquer together. She is in college in DC and loves food. We did a wonderful cooking class with Sidney and Ali in France at Le Calabash, and ever since then my daughter is obsessed with reading restaurant menus and recipes.
    Thank you for sharing your treasures!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. Hannah — November 12, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    My favorite go-to meal is chicken and veggies. So easy and delicious!

  27. Christina Burrell — November 12, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

  28. Pat Harmon — November 12, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Sounds delish. Would love to win this book.

  29. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 12, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Yes, please! Golly, I want that book!

  30. Megan — November 12, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is chicken fajitas with cauliflower rice on the side :-)

  31. Suzanne H — November 12, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    My go-to weeknight meal is rice with coconut curry sauce.

  32. Cookin' Canuck — November 12, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    I could REALLY go for a bowl of that right now. The lime sounds great in there!

  33. Shelley — November 12, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    That soup looks divine…and vegetarian to boot!

    My fav weeknight meal is some yummy grilled cheese and tomato soup! So good!

  34. Mary — November 12, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I would love a copy of this cookbook…the chili recipe sounds wonderful and MAY just be dinner tonight!

  35. Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 12, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Yay Jenny- another great recipe!

  36. Carolyn D. — November 12, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I can make everyone happy with Chicken Tetrazzini!


  37. Brenna Nelson — November 12, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I love any kind of tacos!!

  38. Sharon — November 12, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Chicken tortilla soup–practically the only thing everyone in the family will eat with no complaints. My kids call it “chip soup” because they add crushed tortilla chips as a topping.

  39. Jocelyn — November 12, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    My family’s favorite weeknight dinner is spaghetti with homemade sauce and good parmesan cheese.

  40. Elena — November 12, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is anything easy, filling and that makes enough for a few lunches. Right now it’s red lentil curry. yum!

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