Since we spent the day in the chilly outdoors, I could only imagine coming home to one thing for dinner....chili and cornbread. Now, chili is a super easy, but super diverse meal...you can add beans, noodles, veggies, spices....the possibilities are endless. If it were up to me, I'd make a chicken and spinach white bean chili. However, if I tried to pass that off as chili, Mr. McGhee would throw the bowl of chili at me and yell, "Woman! Go get me a bowl of chili."
OK, maybe that last comment was a slight exaggeration. But, Mr. McGhee has been known to brag about my chili, which makes me as giddy as the words "best mommy ever", so I'm not messing with my chili recipe. The problem is, I don't exactly follow a recipe. I pretty much throw these things in a pot and let it simmer all day.
- 1 lb ground meat (your choice-beef, chicken, turkey)
- one diced green pepper
- one diced onion
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- large can tomato juice
- 2-4 cans diced tomatoes
- 1-2 cans kidney beans
- 1-2 cans pinto beans
- chili powder
2. Add beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato juice.
3. Add spices.
4. Let simmer.
I added some cooked quinoa. Quinoa is a good way to sneak in some additional protein. I also added some cooked spinach. I served my chili with cornbread and chocolate-peanut butter smoothies.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (serves 3 minis)
- 1 cup chocolate almond milk
- frozen banana
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
Here are the options I would recommend you try....
Eden Organic, which uses a BPA-free can lining
Pomi brand tomatoes in tetra-pack packaging
Trader Joe's brand tomatoes in tetra-pack packaging
Can your own tomaotes
BPA is nasty stuff, so read this article and educate yourself on how to make safer choices. I try really hard to research this information that I share with you, but by all means, if you find any information is wrong, please let me know!
I am off to Florida for the weekend to run in a 5k and half-marathon. Don't get too excited, I haven't done it yet. I am hoping I survive and make it back on Monday. Mr. McGhee has promised me that while I am gone he and the minis will not starve! Wish me good luck and even more so, with Mr. McGhee good luck!