White Bean Chili with Jalapeño and Lime

I experienced another breakthrough with Scarlett the other day!

I can’t believe how well she is doing now that I have really stuck to my guns and started treating food seriously with her. I used to just throw my hands up in the air and say, “Well, as long as she is eating.”  I mean, it may have been 100% processed, but it’s something in her belly… NO MORE. Now I know better. I don’t have to settle for her at least eating when she can adapt to nutritiously eating.

And small victories go a long way with kids.

Progress is progress, and we’re finally heading in the right direction, no matter how long it will take to get there.

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My simple breakthrough with Scarlett this week was getting her to eat pasta with sauce on it. She wouldn’t even touch spaghetti with red sauce before. Anybody else have kids like that?

And the other day when I served some for dinner, she ACTUALLY ate it! Right out of the blue. No begging on my part or anything. She just picked up her fork and started eating, like she had been doing it all along or something. WOW. And just yesterday- same thing with spaetzle and a gravy sauce at a German Restaurant. Really surprised about that one…

I am soooo happy that I will finally be able to serve her flavorful pasta instead of plain pasta! Introducing savory flavors like that to her with pasta is going to help go a long way with getting her to eat more adult food I think.

But wait! I have ANOTHER breakthrough from this week! Okay, so Dave used to hate beans. Well, I finally decided to try out beans that were soft skinned with him rather than the tough ones like kidney beans. Since texture seems to be his biggest hurdle with food. So, I cooked up some great northern beans and threw together this soup to see how he would take it.

I was a little nervous about his reaction since a good portion of this soup is simply BEANS.

But honestly, if he is going to be on this diet, things will be much easier for him (and me!) if he can learn to like beans.

Well, talk about a success story! He inhaled this soup. And afterwards he couldn’t say enough about how it was one of the best soups I have ever made.

I’ve made some pretty good soups… so I thought it was really strange that he liked this particular, very bean-y soup so much. I’m gonna have to chalk it up to the fact that this soup has lime in it. I think that something about that flavor must have really done it for him.

White Bean Chili with Jalopeńo and Lime | thegreenforks.com

Oh and I topped the soup with the thick fat that separates in a can of refrigerated coconut milk since we can’t have sour cream. Worked beautifully!

Do you have any picky eaters in your house? Pasta sauce-hating children? Or bean hating adults?

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White Bean Chili with Jalapeńo and Lime
Serves: 6
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 jalapeńo peppers, seeded and minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups cooked white bean of choice (great northern, navy, cannellini), or two 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock or low-sodium vegetable broth
  • zest of 1 lime and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Heat oil in the bottom of a dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté onions, bell pepper, and jalapeńo until tender and onion starts to brown slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cumin and continue to cook until very fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, beans, and stock or broth; bring to a boil over high heat and reduce heat to a simmer over medium heat; cover and cook about 25 minutes or until desired thickness is reached.
  4. Add the lime zest and juice and cilantro; season with salt.

adapted from Forks Over Knifes The Cookbook


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  • Jana August 31, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Hi Laura! Just wanted to say I love your new blog…you are an inspiration. I’m trying healthier things with my family. I love the green smoothie and so does my husband and 1 year old. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes and share them with friends and family. Lets get everyone healthier!
    Keep up the good work,
    South Carolina

  • lmachell September 2, 2013, 7:05 am

    Thanks SO much Jana! It is so wonderful to hear that other family’s are with me on this. We can all use each others support and tips as much as possible!

  • Rebecca September 3, 2013, 9:58 pm

    This recipe seems pretty perfect – especially to me. I am going off to university in a few days, and will (very) soon be living in my own house; this situation will, of course, entail an extensive amount of cooking. I’d love to make this recipe because it looks as though it would be very healthy and delicious!


  • lmachell September 5, 2013, 4:28 pm

    It certainly is! Good luck with your new house : )

  • David Medina January 25, 2015, 7:14 am

    I just wanted to say thanks, I tried the “White Bean Chili with Jalapeño and Lime”
    and at first I thought it was slightly bland when it was cooking, but when I added the fresh lime and cilantro at the end it was amazing. In fact it even one best overall at our Annual Epic Chili Contest. I did add a little ground turkey though.


  • lmachell January 26, 2015, 2:45 pm

    That’s great to hear David! Glad that it was enjoyed :)