The past few days have been good days for chili in Austin, with temps dropping below 32 in a city that does not know how to handle the cold. I figured I better take advantage of the fleeting cold weather the only way I know how – cook up a bubbling pot of hearty, warming goodness.
I’ve also eaten more bacon in the past month living in Austin than I have in my entire life. Bacon is not something I’d particularly like to be eating more of, but when the smell of bacon floods your house every time you walk in the door, it’s pretty irresistible…
This is thanks to my new flatmate, who enjoys bacon as his main food group, along with an avocado and sweet potato here and there. Continue reading
Simple solution to a chilly-November-home-alone kind of night: go to Trader Joe’s, pick up some veggies and beans, make chili, cuddle up on the couch in your pj’s and a blanket and let the Christmas movie marathoning begin! This was me on the night I returned to my apartment after Thanksgiving break. I had this chili on my list of recipes to make for a while and mmmm… why did I wait this long to try it?! So simple, hearty, flavorful, just the right amount of heat (as in pretty spicy if you don’t like spice), and did I mention delicious?!
Don’t make the mistake I did and put this on your list of recipes to try, only to actually cook it a year later. Do it now!
turkey & kale chili, from here
- olive oil
- 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 T brown sugar
- 1 T chili powder
- 1 1/2 T cumin
- 2 t dried oregano
- 2 t salt
- 1 t pepper
- 2 T tomato paste
- 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels (I like super sweet white corn)
- 1 1/4 cups chicken or turkey broth
- 1 small bunch lacinato kale, tough stems removed and roughly chopped Continue reading
This fall weather has me craving warm, comforting dishes, as you saw when I posted this kale sauté. Trying out new dishes only has me craving more, so I wanted to share a few ideas I’ve tried for quick, warm meals. I made polenta for the first time about a week ago and have fallen in love. It’s so comforting and tastes great with everything! Just add some cooked veggies or top with stew or chili for a wonderful cozy meal…..
The basic polenta recipe I’ve been using and find to work well is this:
½ cup polenta / yellow corn grits
2 cups vegetable broth
¼ t salt
1 T olive oil
Bring vegetable broth and salt to a boil in a pot. Add oil. Lower heat to simmer. Add the polenta in a slow steady stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Whisk for about 5 minutes, until polenta is thickened. Keeping heat low, cover and let cook for 20 more minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
*I halved the recipe I found, so feel free to use 1 cup polenta and double the other ingredients for a larger batch.
Now you’ve got soft, creamy polenta to use as a base for anything! The vegetable broth is definitely what makes it so flavorful. I have yet to let the polenta firm up and bake or sauté it, but I can imagine it’s just as yummy.
Here (above) I had a hearty brunch of polenta, eggs scrambled with peppers, onions and kale, pico de gallo and feta cheese. I know it’s hard to see the polenta with all the yummy stuff on top!
And here I made a super simple lentil chili which I served over leftover polenta. I used this WholeFoods recipe for the chili and added some leafy kale. Continue reading