Sunday, September 27, 2009

Go-to, fast, easy, not-to-many-ingredients, kind-of-healthy recipes

My very favorite recipes are the kind that really serve as guidelines for creating quick¸ easy, somewhat healthy meals. I take the general idea and then add a little of this seasoning, some of that produce, etc . . . And it doesn’t take long, I don’t have to make a special trip to the store¸ and hopefully Brad and Joseph actually eat it, and even get some veggies in their veggie-phobic tummies. So, I thought I would share one of my favorite such “recipes” and hope I could persuade you, the reader, to share some of yours with me! I always enjoy new kitchen inspiration and thought this might be a fun blog experiment as well. So, leave a recipe as a comment, or email it to me at ruthbernstein@shoreham.net. If I get a few I will post them.

Super-Easy, Everyday Chili
Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic (add any colored pepper here if you like). When cooked, stir in canned kidney beans (drained and rinsed), canned diced tomatoes un-drained, canned tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, salt, and pepper. Add other seasonings, such as paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder etc, other beans (I usually add black beans or whatever else I have), other vegetables such as corn (Brad much prefers it with corn). Simmer for a bit and then serve. Can be topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream and great served with cornbread, if you have time to whip that up. Enjoy!


All these ingredients are ones I keep on hand, so this is a great recipe for when I look at the time and start to panic because I have no time. It freezes well and it has veggies that even Joseph will eat. Serve the next day on hotdogs. This is adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Special Edition (thanks Debbie!).

8 comments:

JG said...

I LOVE THIS!!! I have never thought to put corn in my chili, and that is such a good idea! I'm totally going to make chili using your recipe next time...sub soy crumbles for the beef ;)

Ruth said...

I thought Brad was kind of crazy for putting corn in the Chili, but it is actually good. Hopefully it works out for you . . . and you better send me a recipe!! I really want some new ones and some more interactive blogging!

Anonymous said...

Cornbread takes only about 30 minutes, circa 10 minutes preparation, and twenty to cook. It does leave two or three pots and a measuring cup to clean up (which always annoys me).

Don't now if it's good for you or not, but I've probably made it a couple of hundred times.

RB

Anonymous said...

This sounded good so I'm cooking chili as I type. First time in my life, so far as know.

RB

JG said...

Wow, look, your dad is cooking chili! You are so persuasive! Um, I've never made cornbread, but I LOVE eating it...how about emailing/blogging me a CB recipe?
It's good cornbread and chili weather all across the northland :P

JG said...

I'm going to have to start harassing you...

JG said...

I'm not going to be able to be friends with you if you don't give me some pictures/video of Joseph...

JG said...

Ok, I will give you until the end of the weekend for a new post...but that's it!!! :)
And call me sometime when you're not fighting terrible 2's, applying for jobs, working, or feeling too sick and tell me about this mysterious 2 hour interview!