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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. Sheila — November 12, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is something that was prepared on the weekend and is waiting to be reheated on a week night. I’m usually too lazy to make a meal on a weeknight, so if I have to I go with something easy – a fried egg sandwich, frozen veggie burger, etc.

  2. Michele — November 12, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is whatever I’ve cooked over the weekend that can be quickly & easily reheated!

  3. Becca — November 12, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    my favorite (in cold weather) is thick, hearty, spicy chili served over vetkoek (said FET-cook). It’s a South African fried bread that my Afrikaaner husband introduced me to. So yummy! So filling! So perfect after a biting cold day!

  4. Sarah G — November 12, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is sweet potato and black bean burritos.

  5. Janice Schlegel — November 12, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is a quick one….Veggie omelette!
    Thanks for the yummy chili recipe!

  6. Veronica — November 12, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    grilled cheese is probably my fave weeknight meal :) or i’ll make a giant batch of veggie burgers on sunday and freeze them for throughout the week! :)

  7. Katy — November 12, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is pasta. Quick and easy!

  8. Christine — November 12, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I make baked chicken thighs over root vegetables. Easy peasy, and so delicious!

  9. Nancy — November 12, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Depends on the day – – we love homemade taquitos, soup, and stir fry.

  10. Katy — November 12, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    We love making breakfast for dinner at least once a week…yum!

  11. Nicole-Lynn — November 12, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Great giveaway! I love her blog!

    My favorite weeknight dinner is honey lime chicken tacos w/ brown rice and black beans!

  12. Beth — November 12, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Hmm… favorite weeknight meal? Apricot chicken pasta. It’s fast and easy, and it goes well with roasted veggies. MMmmm…

  13. beth — November 12, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Favorite weeknight meal–either spaghetti or pizza. Easy, quick, filling.

  14. Katherine @ the kats meow — November 12, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is something quick and easy, but still delicious. Being a college student I love anything that I can throw in my crockpot and leave to cook while I go to class!

  15. gail — November 12, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    mac and cheese

  16. T_Bun — November 12, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Grilled cheese and soup!

  17. Bean — November 12, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    One of my favorites is quinoa and chick pea salad. In the summer time, I add cucumber and tomatoes and use a curried vinaigrette. It is packed with protein and a great main dish salad. When the temperatures drop, I swap out the cucumbers and fresh tomatoes with grilled eggplant and sun dried tomatoes. I can eat it chilled as a salad with curried yogurt dressing or I serve it warm as a pilaf.

  18. Jamie Hoad — November 12, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is my quick and easy jambalaya! It’s so simple, my husband can even make it. And it takes less than 10 minutes to cook (unreal, I know). It makes enough food for not only dinner but also a lunch each for my husband and me.

  19. Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony — November 12, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I’ve been making slow-cooked chili. I love the way this recipe looks~ the lime makes it sound so fresh!

  20. Lisa — November 12, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Just love Chili for a weeknight meal because it’s quick and easy and usually something that can be setup in a slow cooker and it’s ready when you walk in the door. That’s the best part.

  21. Kalani I — November 12, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Favorite is anything having to do with pasta

  22. maureen — November 12, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Chicken with rice or mac and cheese with Canadian bacon added to it.

  23. Krista — November 12, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    One of my favorites is stir fry! It’s so easy to put chicken (or beef) in a marinade the night before, put the rice cooker on a timer setting – then when you get home from work the next day, cook up a bag of frozen stir fry veggies (fresh is best, but time isn’t always there) and the meat and it’s all set! :)

  24. Allyson — November 12, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Love one pot meals! This time of year it is chilis and soups!

  25. jessica w — November 12, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Crock pot beef stroganoff!

  26. Kristina N. — November 12, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    My favorite meal is one similar to this. It’s a tomato chickpea soup – vegetarian, vegan, and so very healthy! I love it!

  27. HJ — November 12, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread! Easy, yummy and comforting! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. erin — November 12, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Definitely seasonal. I would say our current go to meal is stir fry salad. Stir fry veggies on a bed of lettuce rather than rice.

  29. HeatherChristo — November 12, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is pasta and salad!

  30. Elin — November 12, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is something that is quick and yet flavorful and filling. My go-to is usually a spinach salad with grilled chicken breast, loaded with veggies and fruits, and my “house dressing”.

  31. Dina — November 12, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    We love turkey burgers with sweet potato fries!

  32. Kathy PH in LH — November 12, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    My two go-tos are spaghetti and homemade mac and cheese …

  33. Valerie — November 12, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Love your site! I’m planning on making this chili tonight! Looking forward to adding your beautiful cookook To my collection!

  34. emily jean — November 12, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Pasta is always quick and delicious!

  35. Deanna — November 12, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is breakfast :) It’s easy to throw together and we can be creative with sweet or savory. I would love this cookbook because it would give me more great ideas to feed my picky little ones :)

  36. Alyssa — November 12, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Lasagna is my favorite weeknight meal! There’s enough leftovers to last me the rest of the week!

  37. Katie M — November 12, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    We love Spaghetti Carbonara. It is simple, and tastes great!

  38. Jennifer — November 12, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    I’m making this tonight…it could possibly turn into out favorite weeknight meal!

    We love soup this time of year. Our current favorites are a simple Lemon Chicken Orzo and another easy one, Santa Fe Soup. They are totally different, but equally yummy!

  39. Lauren D. — November 12, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is any kind of pasta with any type of sauce and vegetables!

  40. Michele M — November 12, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Soup & sandwiches for winter…..warm & cozy!

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