Monday, January 24, 2011

Quick N Healthy Black Bean Chili

Total Cook Time: 20-30 min Serves 8-10 
  • 1.5 lbs of ground turkey or 90/10 hamburger
  • 1 Pkt Chili Seasonings
  • 2 C diced tomatoes (w/ juice)
  • 1C(small) diced green chilies (w/ juice) 
  • 3 C Black Beans (w/ juice)
  • 1 C Corn (drained)
  • 1 Boulion Cube (chicken)
  • 3 C water
  • 1-2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (Ground) if desired
  • 1/3 C Dried Chopped Onions

Brown meat, add in 1/2 of chopped onions. 
Once cooked strain and rinse. 
Return meat back to stock pot add in Chili Seasonings, Boulion Cube, Cumin, Cayenne (if desired) and remaining chopped onions and water. Bring to a boil and let boil for a few min allowing some of the water to cook off. 
While boiling add in Tomatoes, Chilies & Corn and allow to boil for apx 2-5 min. Stir occasionally to keep from scorching bottom. 
Add in Beans while boiling reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 min. 

Top with Sour Cream or Cheese Cubes and serve in a bread bowl! 


Creamy Comfort Potato Soup

Serves 6. Prep time 15min Cook time about 15min.
  • 6-10 med/small white potatoes (cubed & boiled w or w/out skins)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (boiled w potatoes) 
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 can E milk 
  • 2 C water
  • 1 chicken boulion cube
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • salt, pepper & celery salt to taste
  • abt 2/3 C Instant potatoes 

Boil potatoes & carrots till tender then drain and set aside.
Return stockpot to stove & saute onions w/ butter.
once onions are ready add in water, chicken boulion cube and cream of chicken then bring to a boil. 
Add in corn & continue to boil for a few min add in potatoes & carrots & continue to boil for a few more min. 
Reduce heat to a simmer add in cream and milk. 
Season w salt, pepper (abt 1 Tbs) & celery salt (abt 2 tsp) to taste.
Use a potato masher to break up potatoes, carrots and corn a little but not into mush. 
Finally add in Instant potatoes 1/2 C at a time to thicken the soup up!

It tastes awesome with sourdough or you can add in ham or bacon... Parmesan is not a delicious add in lol.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cranberry Chicken

I found this easy recipe and it's pretty yummy! I made it for ladies at a church Christmas Dunner and also for a school staff luncheon. You could also cook it in the crockpot on low for about 6 hours-

6 whole chicken breasts (deboned and skinless)
16 oz. can whole cranberry sauce
8 oz. French dressing
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix

Make sauce mixing cranberry sauce, dressing and soup mix. Pour over chicken breasts in glass baking dish. Marinate for about 4 hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 Serves 6to 8.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Spinach, Apple, and Pecan Salad

This recipe is totally easy and so scrumptious!  I have made it 3 times in the past week for different gatherings and everyone has given me the best compliments.  This is one that you want to add to your favorites!  Yum, yum, yum!

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • apple slices, cut into bite-size pieces (prize slice apples from costco)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
In a large serving bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper.  Just before serving add apples, onion, spinach and pecan.  Toss until well coated with dressing.

{Smart Cooking The Costco Way}