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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. Tanya Hulbert — November 12, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    One of our favorite week night meals is crepes! The topping choices are the best and include raspberry jam, peanut butter, chocolate drizzle or maple syrup. Why just choose one! We love breakfast for dinner.

  2. Britt — November 12, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Favorite weeknight meal is Noodles with some veggie. Fast and easy and everyone is happy.

  3. Jessica H. — November 12, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    a good batch of spagetti with meat balls is a favorite in our house right now

  4. Heather d — November 12, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Right now it’s anything Mexican or Tex-Mex.

  5. Lisa — November 12, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is homemade mac and cheese with broccoli :)

  6. dianegrace — November 12, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Always love soup or chili with a great slice of homemade bread

  7. Sallie — November 12, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is any kind of pasta dish, especially homemade lasagna.

  8. Cindy Bowers — November 12, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is anything gluten free and vegan that doesn’t take hours to prepare AND tastes delicious, so this chili is right up my alley. I eat less healthy meals too but since cancer struck, it feels wonderful to fuel my body with “clean” food. That’s why I appreciate your blog recipes so much. Thanks!

  9. Katie Chin — November 12, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Even though I am a pan Asian chef by trade and training, my family loves my husband’s Spaghetti and Meatballs during the week. We always make enough for leftover’s. Thanks for the Chili recipe too. I make a similar one with Lime. lemongrass and some hot chili’s to give it a real Thai flavor.

  10. Shannon Baas — November 12, 2012 @ 11:48 am


  11. Amber W — November 12, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is chicken or beef taquitos. We make them ahead and freeze them, so they are quick and easy!

  12. christal c — November 12, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is Chili or tacos

  13. Susie — November 12, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    favorite weeknight meal is crockpot chicken tortilla soup! easy and delicious!

  14. Laura — November 12, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    My favorite weeknight meal which I unfortunately don’t make often is a recipe I call tuxedo chicken. Combining chicken breasts, bowtie pasta, a white sauce, broccoli, garlic and mushrooms, it is so delicious and very filling.

  15. RaDonna Lanterman — November 12, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    My favorite weekend meal is some kind of taco’s. Fish taco’s and brisket taco’s are my two favorites!!! This soup looks divine! I couldn’t find her cookbook in our local bookstore this weekend!! Can’t wait to get a peek!!!

  16. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life — November 12, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I love Sparkpeople’s Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken. Anything in a slow cooker is a win, in my opinion!

  17. Toni — November 12, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is super easy and very satisfying! I take whatever veggies I have on hand, dice everything fine, sautee with garlic and some spices (whatever I’m in the mood for), make a batch of Farro, then combine it all, add breadcrumbs and lots of cheese, then bake in the oven until I get a nice crispy top. Delicious and healthy!!

  18. Marla Meridith — November 12, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Such a healthy + delicious looking !! Love Jenny’s book.

  19. Trisha — November 12, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Anything fast! I’m loving my crock pot lately!

  20. natalie — November 12, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    our favorite weeknight meal is usually a burger of some type… or pasta!

  21. Amy — November 12, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is definitely tacos! It’s easy & always delicious!

  22. Lauren S — November 12, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is simple, easy to put together things like lentil tacos, omlettes or roasted veggies topped with an over easy egg.

  23. Billie Jean — November 12, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    My favorite would have to be salads! I love having them with a bunch of different veggies and fruits!

  24. Jacqui — November 12, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is homemade mac n cheese!!

  25. Loren — November 12, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Taco soup!

  26. Stephanie P. — November 12, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    It would have to be pizza!

  27. jesse k — November 12, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Hot ham and cheese sandwiches!

  28. Emilee — November 12, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    I love making soup on a weeknight. I can throw things in a pot whenever I get time in the afternoon and let it simmer away until everyone’s home and actually ready to eat.

  29. Tanya Phillips — November 12, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    My family’s favorite is perogies with 2 sides of roasted veggies, like carrots and zucchini :)

  30. Alisa — November 12, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    If I’m cooking, always chili. If not, sushi!

  31. Roberta C — November 12, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    The favorite changes depending on the season. Right now with winter being upon us, our favorites are chicken enchilada soup and loaded baked potato soup.

  32. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 12, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Pasta, homemade sauce and meatballs is our favorite. I love that I can whip up one big pot of sauce and it lasts us a few meals :)

  33. Nicole — November 12, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is poached eggs!

  34. Michelle — November 12, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    My favorite meal always include pasta and chicken.

  35. Nicole S. — November 12, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    My favorite weekday meal is my homemade chicken pot pie. My stepson loves it even though I put a ton of veggies in it!

  36. Julie Turner — November 12, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    I love making homemade pizza as an easy weekday meal, so much variety!

  37. Abi — November 12, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Friday Night Pizza night is a favorite around our house. My kids take turns shopping for interesting toppings to try (Squash&Bacon or Chicken&Broccoli). It’s a quick and easy meal to end my week.

  38. MaryB — November 12, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal changes with the season. Right now it is soup – especially potato soup or bean soup. In the warmer weather, I love a huge salad topped with almonds and pears.

  39. Emma — November 12, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Right now my favorite weeknight meal is probably white bean chicken chili. It’s so fast, easy, and warms you up in the chilly winter evenings!

  40. Ani — November 12, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    My favorite weekday meal is tacos.

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