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

  1. Sarah V — November 12, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    We do a fair share of crockpot meals on the week days, including a lot of soups. However, our favorite foods lately are international cuisine – mainly indian or Chinese. It is amazingly quick and healthy to put together from meat (or sometimes beans) and veggies with all of those exotic spices!

  2. Liss V — November 12, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    chicken apple sausage cous cous from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

  3. Amy — November 12, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is crock pot pinto beans with ham. Along with cheddar cheese and either bread or tortillas.

  4. jan — November 12, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    leftovers are my favorite! Soup would be at the top of our list.

  5. Leave a Happy Plate (Liz) — November 12, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Looks so yummy! My favorite weeknight meal is homemade pizza with a whole wheat crust!

  6. Lauren — November 12, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Chicken pad thai – it’s easy and delicious!

  7. Karley Hopson — November 12, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is fresh fish with a avocado, orange salsa… Sooooo yummy!

  8. Brittany — November 12, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    My current favorite weekday meal is butternut squash soup with avocado grilled cheese:)

  9. Liz Walenz — November 12, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    butternut squash risotto with toasted pinenuts

  10. ariana — November 12, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    my favorite weeknight meal is simple ‘garbage’ soup (made with whatever is in the fridge) with a little pesto

  11. Shelly — November 12, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    My current favorite is taco soup.

  12. Kay — November 12, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is a pasta with lots of veggies mixed in to the sauce, or a Japanese curry!

  13. caitlin tate — November 12, 2012 @ 10:30 am


  14. Rose Reins — November 12, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Tacos are our favorite weeknight meal! Thanks!

  15. Mary O — November 12, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    It has to be chili with all of the toppings, especially on cold nights!

  16. NOLALeBlanc — November 12, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    My favorite week night meal is anything fast and easy to make. A lot if times I cook on the weekends so eating during the week is a no brainer.

  17. Jennifer Alexander — November 12, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is chicken and noodles/dumplings. Easy, hearty and delicious!

  18. Elena — November 12, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Grilled fish and vegetables is my go-to quick, easy, and healthy weeknight meal.

  19. Lisa L — November 12, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Favorite weekday meal is simply veggie and tofu miso soup w/ sriracha!

  20. Desiree — November 12, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    pasta of all kinds

  21. Maren Z — November 12, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Our family loves roasted chicken. We make at least once a week.

  22. Katherine R. — November 12, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is turkey sausage and peppers! We throw them in crockpot with tomato sauce and let it simmer all day long. With toasty whole grain bread, and a side salad, it’s a perfect, warm, & easy weeknight dinner!

    I am looking forward to trying this Chili!!! Chickpeas are my favorite and I love finding new ways to use them! Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Kathleeb — November 12, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    During the colder months, our favorite weekday meal is meatloaf with baked potatoes.

  24. Marie — November 12, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    My favorite weekday meal is a huge bowl of homemade vegetable soup. The more vegetables, the better! Can’t wait to make your “Vegetable Lime Chickpea Chili”.

  25. susan — November 12, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Such perfect Fall weather food!

  26. Justine B. — November 12, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Pasta is always a favorite and usually the easiest in our house!

  27. Amanda — November 12, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is quinoa mixed with stir-fried vegetables and tossed with chicken!

  28. Kerensa prentice — November 12, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is tacos! The kids love it and they can customize what they put in them–it’s a big hit with our family!

  29. Holly — November 12, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    My favorite weeknight meal has to be mushroom stroganoff. It’s so creamy and comforting. We love it!

  30. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — November 12, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    We have so many favorites, probably a tie between crock pot hawaiian style kalua pork, sticky rice and grilled pineapple OR avocado turkey burgers and baked sweet potato fries

  31. Diane — November 12, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Any kind of Pasta!!

  32. Cindy B — November 12, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    spaghetti is my go to meal on week night, its quick and pleases everyone!!!

  33. Lori M. — November 12, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I love a good chili, especially this time of year. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  34. Leah — November 12, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is chili!

  35. Dian Burkett — November 12, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    White Chicken Chili

  36. Kat — November 12, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is tacos!

  37. Marla — November 12, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    my favorite is pasta…comforting and easy!

  38. Elaine — November 12, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    We always have vegetable soup once a week. It’s a good way to use up all the veggies and we all enjoy it, too.

  39. Susan P — November 12, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    I have been making chili every couple of weekends: 3 bean chili, veggie chili, meat chili. Then I have left-overs for my long day at work, Tuesdays. All chilis work for me!

  40. Caryn S — November 12, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I love cajun chicken and broccoli linguine

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