November 10, 2013

Feeling Chili?

The weather has made a big change becoming cooler and the wind picking up. It rains frequently putting dampness deep into your bones. And snow last night!!! It looked so pretty, but I’m only going to have those thoughts for the few first snowfalls, then it’s ‘Oh not more snow!’.

With this chilly weather I’ve been in soup mode and made a nice pot of chili. I think another one is in this week’s plan. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled then put into small containers for an easy lunch or dinner. It’s sure to warm your insides.

Serves 4
45 minutes

2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup each diced carrots, celery, green pepper, and mushrooms
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs oil
2 cups kidney beans (canned)
2 cups chopped tomatoes (canned)
¼ cup tomato paste
1 ½ tsp each ground cumin, basil, and chili powder
½ tsp black pepper
3 bay leaves

*There’s no need to add any salt as there is usually enough from the canned tomatoes and beans

In a large pot sauté carrots, celery, and green peppers with the garlic and onion in oil. Stir in beans, tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, spices, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Add mushrooms then reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins.


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