So you all want a recipe? Cyndy suggested the chili so that's what I'll post today. This was one of the very first dishes I made for Bob. We found it so delicious that it encouraged us to think this drastic change in our diets might not be as difficult as we first thought. Through these last 3 years I've done my best to create short cuts. When we began this I was sure I was suffering from "repetitive chopping syndrome" and "I'm never getting out of the kitchen-itis". There's a little chopping and cooking involved in this chili but I've streamlined it just a little by using a fresh-style salsa and Pico De Gallo. Pico De Gallo is just a combination of fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapeno chiles and cilantro. I like spicy foods so the Pico De Gallo is optional. I cook this and just about everything else in a 14" high sided sautee pan.
Mind you, I'm no chef. This is typical of my "by the seat of my pants" cooking. So when Bob says, " Wow, write this down", I do but results may vary as they say, LOL.
red wine for sauteeing (cover the bottom of the pan with it)
1 large yellow onion diced
2 bell peppers, any combo of red/yellow/orange diced
1 container of Pico De Gallo (optional)
2 cans of no-salt rinsed & drained black beans
2 cans of no-salt rinsed & drained red kidney beans
2 cans of no-salt diced tomatoes with juice
1 4 oz can of diced mild chiles drained
1 large container of fresh style salsa
½ package of frozen roasted corn (Trader Joe's)
½ cup of red wine
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs chile powder
Heat ¼ - ½ cups of red wine in pan. When bubbling add the diced bell peppers and onion. Sautee until well cooked and starting to caramelize. Add cumin and chile powder and stir for 30 seconds, then add all remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes or more. You can also place all ingredients (after saute) into a slow cooker and just let it slow cook all day...the longer the better.
Serve over a pile of salad greens or spinach and brown rice. Crumble toasted whole corn tortillas over top with chopped green onions. I also have to dash on Tobasco Sauce for my own serving.