RPL Recipe Club – December 2023

For December’s edition of #RPLRecipeClub, we’re making one of my favorite warming winter dishes.

And this month’s winner will get two gorgeous kitchen prizes I use all the time!

For December’s edition of #RPLRecipeClub, enjoy a velvety and complex vegan chili layered with warming flavors. And enter to win not one but two gorgeous items from one of my favorite kitchen gear brands.

Table of Contents
1. What is the RPL Recipe Club?
2. Last Month’s Winner
3. December 2023 Recipe
4. December 2023 Prize
5. Details and FAQ

What is the RPL Recipe Club?

Each month, I’ll choose one Rainbow Plant Life recipe that anyone in the RPL community can choose to make. 

You can make it just for fun OR you can enter to win an amazing prize each month! This month’s prize is listed below.

How to participate:

Participating couldn’t be easier! Just follow these steps:

  • Sign up for the Rainbow Plant Life newsletter (only newsletter subscribers are eligible to win the monthly prize, though you can of course still participate without being signed up).
  • Make this month’s recipe, take a picture of it, and email it to me at contest@rainbowplantlife.com with the subject line “Recipe Club” by 11:59pm on December 30th. By sending your picture in via email, you’ll be entered to win a prize. 

At the end of each month, we will randomly select a winner and share our favorite photos here!

Congratulations to Brittnee M. for winning December’s RPL Recipe club!

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    Last Month’s Winner

    The winner of the November 2023 RPL Recipe Club is Liv Stone!

    Congratulations, Liv, and thank you to everyone who entered November’s contest. I had so much fun seeing all of your entries and I can’t wait to see what y’all cook up this month!

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    December 2023 Recipe: Vegan Chili!

    There’s nothing quite like a bowl of my hearty vegan chili on a cold winter night! It’s rich and velvety and hits the spot like a cozy hug in a bowl.

    What sets this bean chili apart from others is a homemade chili powder and five secret techniques that teach you to layer numerous unique ingredients, resulting in its complex taste profile. And for those of you who prefer meaty chilis, I’ve included instructions on how to incorporate vegan ground meat into this recipe!

    bowl of vegan chili with sour cream and cilantro.

    This chili is one of my favorite cold-weather comfort meals, and it also happens to be nut-free and easy to make gluten-free! Load it up with vegan sour cream, cilantro, tangy pickled onions, crispy tortilla chips, and more. A spoon of my vegan queso and a warm slice of my vegan cornbread are two of my favorite additions.

    The blog post has full written instructions, tips for making the recipe, and ingredient substitutions, so be sure to check it out!

    The Best Vegan Chili

    This vegan chili is incredibly rich and velvety and packed with layers of complex flavor, just like a classic chili should be. An easy homemade chili powder and slow simmering take this bean chili over the top.
    Check out this recipe
    bowl of vegan chili with sour cream, cilantro and pickled onions

    December 2023 Prize:  

    This month, we’re delighted to give away both a Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife and Essential Apron!

    December recipe club prize graphic with knife and apron on it.

    If you’ve seen my YouTube videos over the past year, you know I’m a huge fan of aprons from Hedley & Bennett. They’re comfy, stylish, and made to last!

    I also picked up one of their chef’s knives recently and it’s been getting a ton of use in the past few months. It’s nicely weighted, razor sharp, and they have lots of fun colors (I have both the green one and the blue one).

    A note for international readers: Due to the exorbitant cost of international shipping, we can only ship the above prize within the 48 contiguous United States. However, you can still enter to win if you live elsewhere. If your entry is selected as the winner, we’ll send you a payment of $100 in lieu of the prize. Payment will be sent via PayPal.

    Other important details and FAQ

    Can I make modifications to the recipe and still enter?

    Absolutely! But your entry won’t count if you use any kind of animal product – Rainbow Plant Life is a vegan blog, after all!

    How old do I need to be to participate?

    You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

    I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter?

    Yes! You can still enter the monthly contest, with a caveat.

    Due to the exorbitant cost of shipping, we can only ship the above prize within the 48 contiguous United States. However, you can still enter to win if you live elsewhere. If your entry is selected as the winner, we’ll send you a payment of $100 in lieu of the prize. Payment will be sent via PayPal.

    How is the winner chosen? 

    We’ll choose the winner at random (based on email entries). The quality of your photography is not a factor but we encourage you to try to make your photos look nice anyways!

    I’m looking forward to seeing this month’s entries!



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    8 comments on RPL Recipe Club – December 2023

    1. Pamela

      Hi Nisha,
      I just joined the club and can’t find the January 2024 recipe? Have you posted it yet.

      1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

        Hi Pamela, we discontinued RPL recipe club for the time being. We now have a new endeavor: RPL meal plans!

    2. Mer

      Five Stars! This recipe was fantastic. I actually got the peppers and made my own chile pepper and what a difference it made! My husband is not a fan of spicy food but after he got over the initial shock of the heat he and my children ate it all. It had an authentic deep and satisfying flavor like no other chili we ever had. This is the only chili recipe I will ever use. I can’t believe I could make something so good!

      1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

        Thanks for sharing, Mer! We’re so happy you loved the chili.

    3. Liene

      Hey, Nisha! A question – can I participate in the giveaway with only one submission per month?

      1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

        Hi Liene, yes, only one entry is counted per person per month!

    4. Ashley C

      Got the email for this and immediately went to the store for ingredients! My friends and I absolutely loved it. Nice and spicy and flavorful. And there wasn’t a crumb of cornbread left over!

      1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

        Yay! So happy everyone enjoyed the chili, Ashley!

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