Chicken Chili

ChickenChiliMy favorite thing about the NFL post-season: Chili! This chili is fairly mild and is delicious served with corn chips. I used canned beans and tomatoes to save time, but if you had more time it would probably be even tastier if you diced your own tomatoes and cooked your own beans. Continue reading

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Taco Salad

Taco SaladBefore I changed my diet, I would often make tacos for a quick, easy weeknight dinner. I would throw a pack of seasoning mix into some meat/beans/veggies and call it an entree. Once I started reading labels, I realized commercial taco mix is full of unnecessary additives (lactose! maltodextrin! autolyzed yeast extract! MSG! soy! “natural flavors”!), so I decided to start making my own mix. I make the mix ahead so its ready to go when I need a quick meal. Continue reading

Vegetable Stock

Vegetable BrothI prefer to make my own stock. I use it in all kinds of recipes, so I make a big batch and then freeze it in 4-cup portions for making soup and 1-cup portions for flavoring in all kinds of recipes. Because its best if simmered over several hours, I’ll often throw it together on a weekend morning when I know I’ll be around for a good part of the day. If I want chicken stock, I’ll add a chicken carcass or maybe 2 pounds of chicken wings. Continue reading

Roasted Pumpkin with Wild Rice

Despite being a longtime fan of sweet pumpkin dishes such as pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, this is the first savory pumpkin recipe I have created. I found pumpkin to be hearty and delicious in this context. Continue reading