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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. Jenny — November 12, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Hmmm…. I love pasta so as boring as it sounds, the kids and I love spaghetti or tortellini night with some homemade breadsticks. The husband? Not so much but he eats it anyway.

  2. SEAS — November 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Right now Vegetable soup with corn bread!

  3. Tina — November 12, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Our favorite weeknight meal usually involves chicken in some capacity.

  4. Lisa Grandstaff — November 12, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    One of my favorite weeknight meals is a quick “kitchen sink” skillet sauté. I call it “kitchen sink skillet” because I am looking around in my kitchen and refrigerator to see what needs to be used up while it’s still fresh, and it often feels like I toss in everything but the kitchen sink!

    Really, I don’t. I am comfortable with my knowledge when it comes to what pairs well with what, and when I come up with a winner, I am supremely happy… and if it’s less than a homerun, it’s still rib-sticking, lip-smacking good. End result? My belly is delighted, no matter what.

    This chili recipe looks totally doable and fun.. will most definitely give it a try, thank you!

  5. aly — November 12, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    My favorite weeknight dinner is slow cooker chicken noodle soup. It cooks itself when you are away!

  6. Lizzy — November 12, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    mac and cheese! I have to limit myself, but is definitely my favorite.

  7. Michelle Warnke — November 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    This chili looks delicious! My favorite thing to make on weeknights is soup of any kind. And there are always leftovers to take to work for lunch the next day!

  8. Kate F. — November 12, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    My favorite weekday meal is Russian chicken, bread, and baked potatoes.

  9. Natalie — November 12, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    Our family’s favorite weeknight meal is pasta with roasted vegetables and a salad.

  10. Megan P — November 12, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    our new favorite is sweet potato black bean burritos!

  11. Katie — November 12, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    my favorite weeknight meal is french toast or pancakes, I love breakfast for dinner, and it so quick and easy!

  12. Alex M — November 12, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    Stir fry

  13. Kelly @ livelovepasta — November 12, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Pasta. Any and every kind!!

  14. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — November 12, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    My favorite weeknight dinner is actually breakfast for dinner! I love doing a scramble with lots of veggies and some oatmeal! Yummy!

  15. Lauren Pederson — November 12, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    The first meal my husband ever made me was Chicken Pesto Pasta. The story of that night has been told so many times to our children that 18 years later when he cooks it there’s a sense of love and comfort that seeps into all of us.

  16. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — November 12, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    A nice hearty vegetable stew with lentils, that’s my favorite weeknight meal.

  17. Elizabeth — November 12, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Grilled chicken with rice pilaf.

  18. Holly — November 12, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    Meatball sandwiches!

  19. Stacey — November 12, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    This sounds great! Our favorite weeknight meal is breakfast for dinner! Baked oatmeal, scrambled eggs, home fries and bacon :-)

  20. JenP — November 12, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Pasta and garlic bread.

  21. Kara — November 12, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    My favorite meal is spaghetti!

  22. Laurie — November 12, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    Favorite weeknight meal – pizza and a salad.

  23. Cori — November 12, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    My favorite meal is grilled chicken caesar salads. Weird, I know. The warm blackened chicken is so good with the garlic-y caesar dressing…and I roast cherry tomatoes to add on top. Yum.

  24. Morgan — November 12, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Favorite weeknight meal come winter is actually a big bowl of chili/soup and some sort of cornbread/bread and butter/biscuits to go along with

  25. Paloma — November 12, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    That looks and sounds yummy! Perfect for a cold day! 😉

  26. Jeanette — November 12, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    This vegetarian chili sounds like a bowl of comfort – love the hint of lime!

  27. Daniel M — November 12, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    spaghetti & meatballs, quick and tasty!

  28. Avery — November 12, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is a panini with a side salad. I made a great turkey pesto panini tonight – yum!

  29. Melissa C. — November 12, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    Black Bean Chili!

  30. Joanne — November 12, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    I love a chili that’s full of veggies also! I would have no problem devouring a huge bowl of this.

  31. Kaitlyn — November 12, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    Favorite weeknight meal is chicken sausage with greens and beans

  32. Sarah H.P. — November 12, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal for my husband and I is homemade quesadillas!

  33. Hannah — November 12, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Tacos! So quick and easy!

  34. TiffH — November 12, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    Fajatas! Chicken and Steak with homemade tortillas, gaucamole, pico and beans.

  35. Nancy P. — November 12, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    So sad to say but right now it’s pancakes!

  36. MaryBeth — November 12, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    My kids count on “mommy” chicken, roasted potatoes and corn every week. “Mommy” chicken is breaded and baked chicken breasts – nothing fancy but a big hit in this house :-)

  37. Lara — November 12, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    Homemade stove-top mac & cheese!

  38. Rachel — November 12, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    My current favorite weekday solo meal is broccoli slaw with protein – be it chicken, cheese, seeds, nuts, etc.

  39. Jeannie — November 12, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    Tacos. I love them. We don’t make them that often, but they are our family favorite.

  40. Kathy S — November 12, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    Our favorite weeknight meal is a chicken stir fry with rice.

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