Vegetable Chili

In Comfort Food, Entrees, Leftovers on February 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

As you all already know, I LOVE chili and I really LOVE when there are a lot of leftovers. I normally make my chili with some kind of meat, but this was just too good a recipe to pass up. My friend, Steph sent me this recipe and I just had to give it a try. Check out the ingredients I used:

Ingredients

I started by adding all the canned ingredients (jalapeno peppers, garbanzo beans and the whole tomatoes) to the crockpot. Then, I added the garlic, cumin, salt, oregano and chili pepper.

Canned Good and Spices

Next, I set to work chopping up the red pepper.

Red Pepper

Once the red pepper was chopped and added to the crockpot I added the thinly sliced zucchini.

Add the Zucchini

The last item to go in was the chopped onion.

Onions In

I cooked the chili on low for 7 hours, and then topped with cheese before serving.

Ready to Serve

This was delicious, and despite the fact that I was concerned that it wouldn’t be spicy enough since there was no hot sauce in the recipe. This was an amazing treat! I was really glad to have changed up my traditional chili recipe. This was a definite…

Bon Appetit!

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Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip Cookies

In cookies, Dessert on February 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

Today was a GREAT cookies day! And I was able to uphold two of my New Year’s resolutions! The first was making a semi-healthy treat, of course I say that based on the fact that there was pomegranate in the cookies. I also took this recipe from a blog, Sargent Choice. The recipe was originally for Chocolate Cherry Cookies, but since I like pomegranate better, I thought I would substitute.  This was a quick and easy recipe with a delicious result that I will definitely be trying again, perhaps with different dried fruits. Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Ingredients

First, I placed the dried pomegranate in a pot on the stove, then I added HOT water from the tap, until they were covered. I let them soak while I made the rest of the dough. I started with the dry ingredients, combining the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and blending them with a whisk.

Dry Ingredients

Once all the dry ingredients were combined, I melted the butter in the microwave and stirred it in, as well as the egg and vanilla extract using a hand mixer. After all the ingredients had been thoroughly blended together, I folded in the chocolate chips.

Dough

Then I folded in the dried pomegranate, once I had drained the water.

Pomegranate

Then I used a tablespoon to drop the dough on a cookie sheet.

Ready for the Oven

Once the oven was finished preheating to 350°F, I put the cookies into bake for 10 minutes. The cookies turned out soft and in my book slightly ‘healthy’ well as healthy as a cookie can be.

Cookies

I will definitely be making these quick and easy cookies again, and probably change it up with some different dried fruits. Hope you enjoy them as much as I am!

Bon Appetit!

Chicken, Pasta and Vegetable Stew

In Entrees, Leftovers on February 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Nothing says winter afternoon quite like something cooking in my slow-cooker. I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup on About.com, and based my stew off of it. Keep in mind I’m calling it a stew, because it is a very chunky soup. This is going to make for some very nice, hearty leftovers. Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 3  cans (14.5 ounce) of chicken broth
  • 1 pound diced cooked chicken
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with jalapenos with juice
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup (dry) small shells pasta
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

    Ingredients

I started by pouring the chicken broth, the can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos, basil, parsley and garlic powder into my slow cooker. I then chopped up the onion and added that to the slow cooker. Then I set to work cubing the chicken into bite-size pieces, that I then cooked on the stove before adding them to the slow cooker.

Chicken

Once all the ingredients were in the slow cooker I set it on low and let it cook for 5 hours, stirring about every two hours.

Cook on Low

When all the ingredients had been cooking for about 5 hours, I cooked the pasta and frozen vegetables on the as directed on their packaging and then added them to the slow cooker for an additional hour.

Pasta and Vegetables

Once everything had been cooking in the slow cooker for an hour, I served it in a soup bowl and topped it with a little cheese.

Ready to Serve

This turned out to be an easy and delicious, hearty stew, that will be leaving me with a few days of leftovers. This is definitely something I would love to come back to and play with adding some different spices to in the future. It’s basic enough that it is an easy go to, and will be even better with some soft warm bread tomorrow night, if I remember to pick some up. This recipe is a definate must, and an even bigger…

Bon Appetit!