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Chili Contest: Entry 8 (& I have purple hair…)

It’s hard to believe the football season is starting to wind down. It’s gone quickly, especially while enjoying such wonderful chili recipes! Our loss to Michigan this weekend was a heart-breaker. We lost in the 3rd overtime after failing on a 2-point conversion to tie the game.

Bum-mer. Big time.

The Chili Contest continued yesterday with the first and only vegetarian chili entry. The recipe called for vegan meat crumbles and I have to admit to some apprehension over trying them. But, they were good! I think they were a far cry from meat, but not necessarily in a bad way at all! I think they’re a great, healthy option and if nothing else, a nice change.

Vegetarian Chili from Newlywed, Newly Veg

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 15 oz. can pinto beans
1 15 oz. can chili beans
1 15 oz. can kidney beans
1 15 oz. can corn
3 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp tomato paste
3-4 Tbsp chili powder
1 (12 ounce) package vegetarian crumbles (I used Boca)
1/2 cup dark beer
salt and pepper to taste


In a large soup pot, heat olive oil. Add garlic and onions and cook for about 5 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add peppers and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients (beans through vegetarian crumbles) and bring to a slow boil, until chili has thickened and is bubbling. Season with salt and pepper, add beer, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for at least 30 minutes or longer. Garnish with tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream, and/or shredded cheese (not included in nutrition info). Serves 10.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 247 calories; 4.0 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 1182 mg. sodium; 37 g. carbohydrate; 13 g. fiber; 18.6 g. protein

Result: This was good – it was like a cross between vegetable soup and chili. I liked the addition of corn to give it more of a “Tex Mex” style chili, and therefore I think cumin would’ve added some great flavor. I love the nutrition stats and as a first-time vegan meat crumbles user, I am now a fan!


And you did not read the title of this post wrong. I have purple hair. And no, I do not want purple hair.

I got my hair highlighted on Friday and somehow my “same as last time” request turned into PURPLE on my very blonde hair. I tried not to cry and asked my stylist what she could do to remedy the color. She said she could put red or brown over it, saying that brown would probably cover it best. And this is what I ended up with…:(

[[forced smile]]

The re-dye did take it from a Barney purple to a muted maroon, but I’m still not happy with it. I’m trying to own the rocker chick look, though — that was the advice my friends and family gave, anyways. 🙁

Question: Have you tried vegan meat crumbles? Are you a fan? Any hair cut/color horror stories you can share? Misery loves company…


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  1. November 7, 2010 / 6:51 am

    Oh good lord. Well, to be honest, I don’t think it looks bad. In fact, I sort of like it. But maybe that’s because I don’t see any purple! Maybe I would if I was closer to you?? This picture actually makes your hair look really cool!!
    At least it’s something that can be remedied. Two years ago at about this same time (RIGHT BEFORE the holidays) my stylist butchered my hair. I cried for days. I didn’t know what to do with my hair!! I felt naked. Nick hated it, I hated it, I felt super ugly. I still look at pictures sometimes and laugh.

    The chili sounds great, and I wouldn’t be against those vegan crumbles at all. I tried Morning Star crumbles once and they were really delicious.

  2. November 7, 2010 / 8:06 am

    I never would have thought about adding dark beer to chili. Interesting recipe!

  3. November 7, 2010 / 8:44 am

    Nicole–I loooove your hair!! It looks so funky and fresh!

  4. November 7, 2010 / 8:45 am

    your hair doesn’t look bad!!! I know you were super blonde before, but I didn’t look at that picture and go “oh my god that’s terrible” or anything! It’ll be back to normal soon!

  5. November 7, 2010 / 9:33 am

    Haha, I’m glad you did okay with the non-meat crumbles. After I posted the link to the recipe and looked at all of the VERY meat-heavy chilies that have been in rotation, I thought, “Oh crap. Maybe she’ll just skip mine?!?” ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m glad it held up okay against the others ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hair mishaps…sigh. I’ve definitely had my fair share of them ๐Ÿ™

  6. November 7, 2010 / 9:37 am

    Oh no! I ‘m sorry you don’t like your hair. I don’t think it looks bad though. How long til the color grows out?

    Once I went to Great Clips for a haircut….I came out of there with a very short mushroom head. I had to go somewhere else to get it fixed, and thankfully I loved what the 2nd person did to fix it!

  7. November 7, 2010 / 9:40 am

    The chili sounds good!

    I actually think your hair looks good, but I know it’s hard when you don’t get what you want. And if your hair turns purple and you didn’t expect it, it’s a shock… I got some not so great haircuts before. That’s why I’m not very adventurous anymore… But again, I like your hair! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Sunday!

  8. November 7, 2010 / 10:05 am

    YOUR HAIR LOOKS AWESOME!!! haha seriously tho, its funky!! Just sayin ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. November 7, 2010 / 10:53 am

    The chili looks geat! I have never tried vegan meat crumble before… but I think I should now.
    I think you hair looks wonderful and funky. My horror hair story was not about the color but the lenght…because when we were in high school in Thailand…there used to be a crazy rule that all the girls had to have their hair short… i mean really very short… and my hair was fuzzy and curvy… it’s terrible…everyday! I’m glad I’m grow up and have right in my own hair style now ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. November 7, 2010 / 11:02 am

    My only hair mistakes were done at home in highschool… bad blonde streeks = a lot of beanie wearing.

    It actually doesn’t really look that purpleish… but it’s probably the picture huh?

  11. November 7, 2010 / 11:31 am

    I think the hair is cool…however, how did the stylist make such a screw up?! I’ve had plenty of color disasters…all of my own making. One time my blond hair ended up GREY. Lesson learned – beware of ash tones ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m getting ready to go through all your chili recipes…I want to make some!

  12. Jenny
    November 7, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    I actually really like that style! In fact, I’d consider it myself if I didn’t already have dark roots. But, I also know what it’s like to get a hairstyle you weren’t expecting (or wanting). Sorry it wasn’t what you wanted.

    I use veggie crumbles all the time in chili. I do find that I have to up the spices a bit to give it more depth. Beer is helpful, really flavorful broth is also good. Adding a few chipotle peppers in adobo sauce gives it a great smoky kick. I’ve also used coffee and chocolate to give it a more complex flavor.

  13. November 7, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    I would have had the same reaction if my hair turned purple.

    I once got a bangs “trim” and they were not even straight – but over half-way up my forehead. I was mortified!

    I used the vegetarian soy crumbles all the time in chili – I love them. My husband doesn’t even notice a difference.

  14. November 7, 2010 / 4:49 pm

    I don’t think you hair looks bad. I see no purple!

    Once in highschool, I let my sister touch up my roots at home and it ended with me having a two inch platinum blonde strip that was about 10 times blonder than the rest of my hair. It looked horrible (kinda like I had a platinum blonde head band on)! I had to go to a salon and dye my hair brown to fix it! Luckily, my mom let me miss school to get it fixed so I did not have to go out in public.

  15. November 7, 2010 / 5:09 pm

    The chili looks delish! You are such a cutie, Nicole. Your haircut is so flattering and I actually think your color looks really chic. Here’s a hair story…every year my sister (who is naturally a dirty blonde) dyes her hair red around Thanksgiving…or should I say tries to dye it red. ๐Ÿ™‚ It always turns into a plumy purple! But I have to say, I love it on her! For some reason it really suites her.

  16. November 7, 2010 / 7:45 pm

    oh, I think you are beautiful!!! Wait until you HAVE to start coloring your hair…to cover gray!!! And when the roots come in…yikes…hate that! lol

    I like the vegan meat crumbles just fine. Although, I usually “mix” them with the real thing, like ground turkey or lean beef. When you do that…you can’t tell they are in there AT ALL! The best vegan meat product I have found is Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs….they are really tasty!

  17. November 7, 2010 / 8:11 pm

    Aww, it looks cute, actually (own the rocker-chick look ;))! By the way, have you lost some of the PCOS-weight? You’re looking fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m not a fan of fake meat crumbles and I have to HEAVILY spice them in order to mask the taste. But the chili still looks good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. November 7, 2010 / 9:06 pm

    I think your hair looks really cute! And that chili sounds good to me too. I am a fan of fake meat crumbles.

  19. November 7, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    Wow I wonder why it turned purple? Weird chemical reaction I guess. If it makes you feel better, I dyed my hair purple on purpose the summer before college ๐Ÿ™‚ It was supposed to be temporary and wash out after 7 or so washes. Well it ended up lasting about 4 months! I was a little apprehensive at freshman orientation but it was so muted by then that it ended up not being a big deal.

    PS- FNCE is great! I’m already looking forward to San Diego next year if I get the chance to go hehe

  20. November 8, 2010 / 8:17 am

    I don’t think it looks that bad Nicole! Same thing happened to me once though – I went to a new stylist, I wanted blond highlights – she said “same as last time?” I was thinking “what last time?”

    She did the foil wrap on my head and when she was done, my whole head was almost blond!! My husband picked me up and he didn’t even recognize me!

    Happy Monday!

  21. November 8, 2010 / 10:06 am

    I know YOU don’t like it, but I honestly think your hair looks SO good.
    I’m not just saying that to make you feel better or anything. I really really like it. It’s super sexy and slightly badass.

  22. Liz H
    November 8, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    Hey Nicole, when we used to dye actors’ hair gray/white (to make them look older) it would occasionally go light purple. Usually it happened to blonds or very light redheads. Was your stylist using all the exact same brands (shampoo, conditioner, dye chemicals, etc.) as the last time? We were usually able to correct the problem after letting the hair rest for 2-3 days. I definitely think the salon owes you a recolor in the next couple of weeks since it was not the look you were originally going for! But, as everyone notes above, you don’t see anything but dark streaks in the photo – no maroon or purple.

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