Classic Chili

Learning To Cook For Two, Classic Chili


1 pound ground meat (beef, lamb, bison)

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced (I used 1 teaspoon garlic powder)

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

2 cups beef broth (Sam and I don’t care for soupy soups, unless it’s Chicken Noodle.  Next time, I would reduce this to 1 cup beef broth)

Green Bell Peppers

Directions (Directly from The Whole 30, The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom)

  1. Heat a large pot or high-walled skillet over medium-high heat (without cooking fat).  Add the ground meat and cook until the meat is fully browned, 7 to 10 minutes.  Remove the meat from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a side dish, keeping the leftover fat in the pot (In hindsight, I would have drained the fat and returned the meat to the pot.  I’m a rule follower, so I did as directed the first time.  Next time, game on.)
  2. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, mustard powder, and salt to the pot.  Reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the onions are translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the bell peppers, tomatoes, and broth.  Turn the heat up to high.  When the chili reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour (I let it simmer for about 30 minutes and then it was dinner time).

Classic Chili


Recipe:  The Whole 30, The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers Complete

Before tonight:  Kale (BLEH!)

After tonight:  Kale (Meh..).

Everyone is talking about kale.  Kale this.  Kale that.  “Put it in your smoothie.”  “Add it to your salads.”  So here it is, reasons why Kale and I were not friends until tonight:

  1. Kale does not SOUND appetizing to me.
  2. I had all these judgments about kale and I never really took the time to get to know kale.
  3. I would gossip about kale and say bad things about it.
  4. Kale was a member of the Green family (obviously not my favorite as my heart resides in the family of potatoes and chocolates).

Kale and I were NOT best friends.  Tonight, kale and I sat down, talked about our differences, and then I cooked it.  With this meal, I didn’t really taste the kale (Go ahead you healthy people. Say it. “See, I told you that you wouldn’t taste it.” Whatever. You’re right.  Let’s move on.).  I’ll have to use it in future recipes to see how our relationship evolves (Plus, I bought a bag of it at Kroger and I can’t waste it. Maybe I’ll try it with a smoothie).

Tonight was also the first time I have chopped butternut squash.  Have you ever done that?  It’s not easy (or maybe I’m doing it wrong).  Also, a Friends reference could be used for another one of my firsts in the kitchen.

Joey:  “Remember when Ross tried to say, ‘Butternut Squash” and it came out ‘Squatternut Buash.'”


4 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers

3 tablespoons cooking fat (I used coconut oil)

1/4 cup finely chopped onion (I used a whole onion. I don’t know why anyone cooks with less than 1 whole onion.  Onion haters.)

2 cloves garlic, minced (I used 1 teaspoon garlic powder because the forecast didn’t call for Vampire prevention).

4 kale leaves, stems removed, leaves finely chopped (I used a bag of kale because the large bunch in the produce section intimidated me).

1 cup finely chopped peeled winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.)

1 pound ground meat (beef, lamb, bison) (I used beef because the others sounded expensive).

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions (directly from The Whole 30, The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom)Ingredients

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a deep baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. With a paring knife, slice around the top of each bell pepper and gently pull on the stem (twisted it gently).  Discard the seeded core.  Place the peppers in the prepared dish.  Bake for 10 minutes, until softened. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the cooking fat in a large skillet over medium heat and swirl to coat the bottom (GENTLY swirl because if it swishes too quickly it gets on the floor.  And it’s slippery.  And it hurts when it hits your feet.  And at least your husband wasn’t home to witness it.  And then your dog will try to lick it up.  Because you know, that sounds like something that would happen to me.  That’s just what I heard happens when you try to do it. Not like that happened to me…at all…).  When the fat is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and continue to cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.  Add the kale and cook for 1 minute, stirring.  Add the ground meat and cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon and stirring it into the vegetables, for 2 to 3 minutes.  Stir in the tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.  Cook until the meat is mostly browned, 7 to 9 minutes.  Stir in the squash and cook until the squash is slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Divide the meat and squash mixture evenly among the softened bell peppers.  Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the peppers look wrinkly and the beef is slightly browned on top.

Peppers Pre-Oven


Recipe:  The Whole 30

Clearing the Dust


Hello all!

Let me sweep away some of the dust that has collected since my last post.  Sorry for being MIA, but we moved back to Georgia and have stayed busy!  For those of you who don’t know us, most of our family is in Georgia (Dad, I said most! Not all!) I have to admit, I haven’t really cooked anything new lately, but that is all going to change.  It has been difficult to cook on my work days now because I have switched to a later shift (I used to be 7a-7p, now I’m 11a-11p).

On a different note, we invited friends over for dinner and game night earlier this week.  It marked the first time we have made dinner for friends at our place!  I made fast and easy tacos because our day started out busy (and because tacos are awesome).  My favorite part of the meal– the dips!  I used two dips I have recently acquired the recipe for.

The dip at 2 o’clock (to the right of the salsa) is my new cheese dip.  It is super easy and can be made in less than 10 minutes.  Recipe:  Ground beef, Velveeta Cheese, and Rotel.

The dip at 10 o’clock (to the left of the salsa) is my new corn dip.  It is also super easy and can be made in less than 5 minutes.  Recipe:  Corn, Cilantro, Green Onions, Green Chiles, Lime, Spicy Ranch.

Let me know if anyone wants the step-by-step instructions!

Great to be back.