These cold, blustery days of winter seem to call for warm comfort foods. As a kid, I remember it was one of the specialties that Poppa Cox made for dinner. Momma Cox was typically the chef, so when they changed roles, more often than not I knew what to expect at dinner. Pops made things like Spaghetti, Pineapple Wakiki (healthified recipe, coming soon), and Chili. When I stumbled across this recipe, I just knew I had to make it. I always end up adapting recipes based on what I’ve got on-hand, so here goes nothing.
- 1 tbsp. grape seed oil (can use coconut oil or olive oil instead)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tbsp. minced garlic
- 1 lb. 96% lean ground beef (you could use lean ground turkey
- 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz.) no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 1 can (15 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tbsp. chili powder to taste
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. salt
- Add oil to a large pot or Dutch oven, and saute the onion, bell pepper, and garlic over medium-high heat.
- Dump in the beef and break up with a wooden spoon while cooking for 5 minutes, or until the meat is completely cooked.
- Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes.
- Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
- Cover, turn down the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 35 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite corn bread!
Remember this recipe? Well, I used just the cornbread directions to make this sidekick for my chili.
1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour
1/3 C. yellow cornmeal
1/4 C. Splenda
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 C. canned corn
1/3 C. egg whites
1/3 C. 2% plain Chobani
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Mix well and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine corn, egg substitute, and yogurt. Whisk thoroughly.
- Add mixture to the large bowl and stir until completely mixed.
- Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
There you have it! A quick and easy weeknight meal to warm your soul and give you that comfort food fix the healthy way.