Julie’s Chili

I’m the only one in my household that likes beans. Ok I get it, when I was a kid you would never get me to eat them either. I’m a huge lover of leftovers but sometimes I want something new. Which got me to thinking that other people are likely the same as me. Some may know how to make leftovers taste fresh, some can’t be bothered. I’m going to take one dish and show you how to turn it into something fresh and fun. It takes little effort for big taste!

First we’re going to start with a great recipe which is Julie’s quick and hearty chili- when you do, it will only end up being the most epic week ever for meals! Of course you can double this recipe if you have other bean eating people in your household.

Before I give you her recipe, I want to tell you what all you can make with it. Of course a big bowl of chili and bread are the go to combo. Take those leftovers and make a burrito, Shepard’s pie, quesadilla, stuffed chili baked potato. As I was making more last night, I was thinking about making chili cheese fries, pizza pot pie- or a chili pizza pocket, nacho’s, chili in a bread bowl (think soup in a bread bowl but only with chili), loaded chili zucchini boats, instead of sloppy joe mixture- use the chili instead, chili cheese dogs, chili on a bed of rice, cooked potato cubes and chili in a burrito or just mix in the potatoes with the chili,  the options are endless.

This chili is inexpensive to make- an onion, some garlic, 2 cans of beans, some bell pepper and spices. But by adding potatoes and rice into the mix, which are inexpensive as well, you can really stretch out this recipe.  I really love this recipe because it’s versatile, great for when the budget is tight, but it doesn’t taste like a frugal recipe. The flavor is rich, smoky, you can make it spicier if you want to. If you are looking for the perfect recipe that is both easy on the wallet and a crowd pleaser- I highly recommend this recipe. Don’t take my word for it…. the recipe is right below, make it for yourself- takes only 15 mins to cook…. What are you waiting for?

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*Quick And Hearty Chili

Makes 4 Servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 bell pepper, any color, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups water
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, pureed or tomato puree
1 tablespoon gluten free tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon regular chili powder
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup TSP or TVP (textured soy or vegetable protein)
For the directions, please head over to Julie’s blog.

Julie has many great recipes on her blog! Be warned you will lose track of time, which isn’t a bad thing 😀

Recipe adapted from Vegan Diner, by Julie Hasson, 2011, Running Press
*The above is reprinted from Julie’s Kitchenette with permission.

vdThe cover of Vegan Diner is from Amazon.

How do you like your left over chili? Let me know.

You Don’t Want A Unicorn! Giveaway

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I’m hosting a giveaway and Hachette Book Group, will send out a copy to one lucky winner,  which is really exciting!! Why would you want this to add to your child’s library? Other than it’s fun, cute and well unicorns? Need I say more? Read our full review here and you will see why you will want this. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman will be available for purchase on Feb 14.

You must be 18 or older to enter, and have a Canadian mailing address. So, what are you waiting for? I know your child, grandchild, nieces and nephews will love this book. You will enjoy it yourself. Enter HERE. Good luck everyone.

You Don’t Want A Unicorn

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You may think having a pet unicorn would be fun. Glitter and rainbows. A magical horse with a horn. No one else has one. You would be the envy of all your friends. Who else would be able to ride a unicorn to school, be pushed on the swings by one, and eat lunch with Magic?

WRONG!!!!!!!!

Unicorns are not like that at all. They are messy, destroy your bed, toys and will invite all of their friends over to help mess up your house. How will they ever get their home back to normal? You’ll need to read it to find out.

Be careful what you wish for, you don’t want a unicorn!!

Fun story written by Ame Dyckman with colorful illustrations by Liz Climo that will delight your child. Although I’m not so sure it will be a great bed time story as your child will be laughing.

My Daughter’s favorite part is when they kept saying “poof” because it’s fun to say. She gives it 6 unicorns out of 10. I give it an 8 unicorns out of 10.

This book will be released on Feb 14, 2017 but you can pre-order now! Hachette Book Group sent my daughter and I – You Don’t Want A Unicorn in exchange for an honest review of the book.

The Engine 2, 7-day Rescue Diet

They asked if 7 days could rescue your health, I know it can. Why don’t you take control of your health now? This free 7 day challenge starts tomorrow, Jan 4th. To learn more about it and to sign up go to their site Engine 2 Diet. They have a Facebook group as well. 

So join me and take control of your health, your future.