Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tacos and Chili

I made tacos last night.  That means tonight is chili - with the leftover taco meat.  And we always have leftover taco meat because our grass fed beef is packaged in 2 lb sections.  Who really eats 2 pounds of hamburger in one meal?  Not us.
So, I made tacos.  Since I'm eating hardly any meat these days, I filled my corn tortillas with garbanzo beans heated with a little water and taco seasoning instead of beef.  The rest of the family ate theirs with beef, but they snacked on the rest of my garbanzo beans.  So that's progress.
Tonight though, I will be eating meat.  I'm making chili and corn bread.  Sometimes I hesitate to post recipes because people come here looking for healthy recipes right?  And sugar is not healthy. There is sugar in my corn bread. There's butter in there too.  But remember the 80/20 rule?  I eat healthy food most of the time and that works for me.  So if you're looking for 100%, this is not the blog for you.
Here's the chili I'm making tonight:

Crockpot Chili  -or Slow Cooker Chili if you want to be politically correct
2-3 stalks celery chopped
1 carrot chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 lb ground beef (optional)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cumin
1 large clove garlic
2  (8 oz) cans of tomato sauce
1 or 2 cans* diced tomatoes (15 oz)
1 or 2 cans* of beans, rinsed and drained (I used Great Northern and Black Eye Peas)
1 cup water
1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
A little salt and pepper

*When I make this for my family of 7, I do 2 cans each of beans and tomatoes.  Otherwise, just go with 1 can.

Fry up the beef, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, cumin, and chili powder. (If you're using leftover taco meat, or omitting beef altogether, then stir-fry the vegetables and seasonings.)  Pour into slow cooker and add remaining ingredients.  Cook on high at least 3-4 hours.  Or on low for longer.

And, if you feel like making some really good Corn Bread.  Try this recipe, but substitute whole wheat flour for the white.  It's my favorite.

Friday, December 9, 2011

E-book Winner!

Congratulations Tarynn!  You're the winner of the Good and Easy Eats e-book.  Please send me your E-mail address at GoodrealfoodBlog at gmail dot com.  (If I don't hear from Tarynn by Sunday night, I'll pick another winner.)

If you didn't win and would like to purchase Good and Easy Eats, you can buy it here for only $4.99.  It will also be available on Amazon.com in the next couple weeks as a Kindle book.

Monday, December 5, 2011

e-book Giveaway: Good and Easy Eats

It's give away time!  Good and Easy Eats, an e-book by Kim Wilson, is a collection of simple, family pleasing recipes that are actually good for you.  I chose a few recipes to try this week: Potato Corn Chowder, Seasoned Popcorn, Carmel Corn, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Meltaways, and Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I also followed her instruction on how to cook beans from dry to put in my chili.  It's true, I've never cooked beans before.  I never even liked beans until this year, so I needed instructions on how to cook them.

The Seasoned Popcorn was delicious.  That one will be a favorite for Friday movie nights at our house.  The best recipe I tried was the Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  I didn't think it was possible to make a cookies without sugar or eggs and have them turn out good.  I hesitated to try them because I didn't want to waste my honey on a batch I'd be throwing away, but they were delicious!  I'll make them again and again.

Good and Easy Eats is not just a recipe book. It is filled with helpful information on stocking a basic pantry, menu planning, making the transition to wholesome foods, how to decide what to buy organic, baking tips, salad making tips, how to cook beans from dry and other useful information.  There are also links throughout the book for more ideas and recipes.  For those of you who avoid wheat, all of Kim's recipes are gluten free, but she gives you an alternative if you don't have gluten issues.

If you would like to enter to win a free copy of the e-book Good and Easy Eats by Kim Wilson, please leave me a comment.  One winner will be announced on December 9th. The e-book will be available for purchase on December 10th.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Quinoa. It's What's For Lunch

Mexican Quinoa Salad from mygreendiet.com

My lunch was good today, so I thought I'd share it. It's Mexican Quinoa Salad from Mygreendiet.com.  You can find the recipe here.  I followed her recipe, except that I used regular tomatoes, cut down the cumin, and then I added a cup of frozen corn. Next time I think I'll add some red wine vinegar or something.  I'm not a fan of cumin, so when I cut that down it needed a little something else. If you like my Cowboy Caviar recipe, you'll like this salad.

I want to try some more quinoa recipes, so if you have any favorites, send them my way please.