Something yummy

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I belong to a local running group the KC Express.  They are a great group of women who put on the Mother’s Day 5k every year here in Kansas City and also host weekly walking & running groups (Saturday morning).  At our monthly meeting last night we had our annual “Top Chef” competition.  I cooked this year & thought I would share my recipes on here too.  The chili was popular but the cookies won in my unofficial polling!  My 3yr old loves them (dark chocolate chips & all).

Chili

The secret to the chili is the spices!  This chili is loaded with good veggies so you can feel good eating it too!  I use the HOT chili powder from Penzeys Spices, but it also tastes really good with the less-spicy chili powders.  I am a big believer in this particular brand of cayenne pepper & chili powder.  I buy mine at the local shop in downtown Overland Park, but I believe they ship quite well also.

Warm Your Bones Chili

Recipe Type: One Pot
Cuisine: American
Author: Heather Buchwitz
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This is based off of inspiration from several recipes I have tried.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bunch celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 thick carrot peeled/grated (or several smaller carrots)
  • 2 tbsp evoo
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped/pressed)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can white beans (navy etc)
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (petite cut)
  • 1 boullion cube & water or 1 cup chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Chop all vegetables. For the celery; trim ends & cut each stalk lengthwise into 3 strips then chop all of the strips into small pieces.
  2. Open & rinse the beans. Rinse until all of the “gunk” & bubbles disappear.
  3. Brown the meat in a stew pot/dutch oven.
  4. Remove the meat & set aside in a bowl. Lightly cover bottom of pot with evoo & add vegetables (onion, celery, carrot). Cook, stirring periodically until the onions are well cooked & translucent.
  5. Mix & add seasonings (molasses, garlic, chili & cayenne pepper). “Toast” the seasonings with the vegetables until fragrant.
  6. Add meat, tomatoes, beans & chicken stock/water. Add enough water to stir easily; if you add too much you will have to cok longer. The tomatoes will add liquid to the chili as they cook! I cook for 30-45 minutes.
Notes

If you add less water you could cook a shorter time but your veggies won’t be as well done.
I frequently double everything except the meat – feel free to use 1/2 or no meat and this is just as tasty (sneak in some tofu even if you want)!
The recipe is a conglomeration of several recipes I have used as well as my own experimentation.

Sinfully Good(4u) Chocolate Chip Cookies

What makes the cookies so good?  The coconut flour!  It adds such a nice flavor to the cookie as well as protein and fiber.

These are pretty good for you… as far as cookies go.  They still have sugar – but that is what makes them a cookie.  You can switch up the flours a bit – using regular or alternative gluten free types – you need 1.75 cups total (I used flax, wheat germ, coconut & whole wheat flour).  You do want to be careful with using too much “heavy” flour like the coconut because the cookies may become too dense.  I like these better with the egg beaters than eggs – they stay moister.  Make sure you don’t add the chia seeds too early – they will soak up the moisture and leave you with a funny cookie dough.  If you think you may get distracted between adding the flours & the oats – add them with the oats.  My son gobbles these up – healthy goodies, dark chocolate chips & all!

Sinfully Good(4u) Chocolate Chip Cookies

Author: Heather Buchwitz
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (or marg) softened
  • 1.25 cups brown sugar
  • 0.5 cups sugar
  • 0.5 cups egg beaters (or 2 eggs)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.25 cups flax seed (ground)
  • 0.25 cups wheat germ
  • 0.5 cups coconut flour
  • 0.75 cups whole wheat flour
  • 0.25 cups chia seeds
  • 3 cups OLD Fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Beat together butter & sugars until creamy
  3. Add egg beaters, milk & vanilla; beat well
  4. Combine flours, chia, baking soda & salt then add to liquids
  5. Add oats & chocolate; mix well
  6. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet (or line with Silpat)
  7. Bake for 9-10 min for a chewy cookie; Cool 1 min before moving to a wire rack to cool completely

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2 thoughts on “Something yummy

  1. I love Penzeys!!! Your chili sounds awesome!

  2. Damn, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna help when I buy Chia Seeds at the market! Crazy!

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