Black Bean and Turkey Stew

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I just got a crock-pot and my mother gave me this book to go with it. As I flipped through the pages I was looking for something that could cook all night while I was asleep, and be ready the next day for dinner. This recipe of stew/chili appealed to me.

Ingredients:

  • 3 15-oz Cans of Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
  • 1.5 Cups of Chopped Onion
  • 1.5 Cups of Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup of Sliced Celery
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper
  • 6 oz Cooked Turkey Sausage, Thinly Sliced
  • Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except sausage into crock-pot. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Stir in sausage and cook on low another 10-15 mins.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and so easy. I loved it and will be making this again and again.

For more chili and soup recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

For more recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

Crazy Cantina Chili

So today is:

As I am part Mexican, this is a holiday I celebrate every year. I haven’t posted anything for this day yet as haven’t made anything that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. But today I have something:

Chili

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So a friend of mine entered me in a chili competition and I was at a loss of what to do. I’ve never really cooked chili, but then I decided to do a recipe from The Star Wars Cookbook:Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-0z Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Black Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2  a Large Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 28-oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes with Juice (I used the Diced Tomatoes with Chiles as I like my food HOT!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Directions for Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain off the liquid from the cans in the sink. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and set aside.
  3. Put the oil in a large saucepan and set the pan on medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and stir with a wooden spoon until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato juice; and stir well.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve Chili with cheese and/or sour cream

Directions for Meat Chili:

  1. Cook meat in a pan on the stove.
  2. Follow the directions above, adding the meat during step 7.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought the original recipe was good, but wasn’t as hot as I liked it so I added the chiles. I also included meat as I thought it would be more appealing.

I didn’t win the contest, but I had fun trying.

For more recipes to help with your Cinco de Mayo, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more from The Star Wars Cookbook, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more holiday posts, go to Yoda Soda

For more soups, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more casseroles, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino