Black Bean Mushroom Chili with Faux Parmesan

This dish was served for lunch at the recent NHA Conference and is delicious over a baked potato or brown rice. Enjoy it with a sprinkle of Enlightened Faux Parmesan (recipe below). (This recipe calls for a pressure cooker.)

3 cups chopped onion (about 10 ounces)

8 cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press

2 pounds mushrooms, sliced (see Notes)

2 14.5-ounce cans Muir Glen Salt-Free Fire Roasted Tomatoes, with liquid

3 15-ounce cans of salt-free black beans, with liquid (or 4½ cups cooked beans)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon dried oregano

½ tablespoon SMOKED paprika (this is different than regular paprika)

½ teaspoon chipotle powder

1 pound frozen corn, defrosted

Place all of the ingredients except for ​the ​corn into an electric pressure cooker, and cook on high pressure for six minutes. Release ​the ​pressure and stir in ​the ​corn. Sprinkle with Enlightened Faux Parmesan, below, if desired​. If you like, you can use the sauté function on your pressure cooker, and sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms first.

Notes: One can of beans is approximately 1½ cups. If you use home-cooked beans instead of canned, you’ll need to add 2 cups of water. This recipe was adapted from and inspired by a recipe by Jocelyn Graef of the Low-Fat Herbivore.)

Enlightened Faux Parmesan

If you are struggling to eat your veggies, try this tasty topping (it’s also good on top of soups and chilis). Using oats instead of nuts makes this low-fat topping delicious and economical.

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 cup nutritional yeast (non-fortified preferred​)

1 tablespoon Benson’s Table Tasty seasoning (or your favorite salt-free seasoning)

Place all of the ingredients into a ​dry ​blender or ​dry ​food processor fitted with the “S” blade, and process into a powder. Store in the refrigerator.

Note: You can watch this being made this on YouTube on Episode 11 of Healthy Living with Chef AJ. And for 10% of Branson's Table Tasty, or to request a sample, go to and use code “AJ”​