Friday, 28 February 2014

Easy, healthy recipes: flavorful chili

Healthy chili recipe
 Easy healthy recipes: flavorful chili    
We're busy. There are days when we are hardly home, and by the time we get there, the last thing I want to do is cook no matter how much I love it. One of my go to quick and easy recipes is chili. I love that I can throw everything together, I can forget about it, I can freeze it, I can change the beans, I can change the spices - it's one of the most versatile, easy, and healthy recipes that I know. No matter what I do to it, it always tastes great! 
Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy chili 

Easy, healthy recipe: flavorful chili 


Time

2-4 hours (you can use your crock pot) 


Serves


Oh, so so much! This portion is enough to feed my family three to four meals depending on whether or not we have seconds (two adults, 1 toddler). I love easy, healthy recipes that allow us to eat, eat, and eat, which is exactly what you get here. We freeze about half of this portion. When we want to eat it again, I take it out of the freezer and let it sit in the fridge overnight. If I forget, I do take it out in the morning and let it defrost a bit before finishing off the job in the pot, but that's not as nice. 


Ingredients

8 small-medium tomatoes or 1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup black eyed beans (Dried)
1 cups pinto beans (Dried)
1 cup black beans
Half a pound (1/4 kilo) mince meat (turkey or lean pork mince are both great) 
2 medium onions
2 large carrots finely chopped
3 stalks of celery
2.5 cups of water
2 tablespoons oregano (dried) 
2 tablespoons cilantro (dried) 
1 tablespoon dried chives (dried) 
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2-3 tablespoons chili powder 
1.5 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
Several drops of Tabasco sauce
4 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste


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Instructions

*You can read my recipe for Spinach and Bean soup for instructions on how to prepare dried beans 

1. Blanch tomatoes. Make sure to cut out the core

2. Pan fry onion
3. Add mince meat
4. Add carrot and celery after meat has browned 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Easy, healthy recipes: flavorful chili
Veggie loaded chili


5. Add spices and bullion cubes
6. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. You can cut up the tomatoes or squeeze them into the pot. Make sure to remove the skin after blanching. If you are using tinned tomatoes, you can add them now, too. 
7. Add beans
8. Bring to boil


Simmering away

9. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1.5 - 2 hours
10. Add garlic right before you turn off the heat


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I love that this batch makes a lot, and allows me to freeze half for eating at a later time. I also love that my toddler will gobble this up - it's definitely one of our go to healthy toddler meals. 

Don't forget to check out my other freezer recipes, my other healthy toddler meals, or my pinterest recipe board: 







Thank you for reading,
Yuliya