Monday, April 14, 2008

we don't eat fish tacos every night....

yes. we probably eat grilled fish tacos or salads w. lean protein most nights of the week...but sometimes we venture out....a little...

the other night i made chili and strawberry spinach salads (random combo, i know)

for chili:

1 pound lean ground beef ( or turkey) today i used 97% lean beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic , crushed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon cocoa (confession- i make this chili all the time at my house. so i have cocoa powder on hand. james did not have any and i am lazy. so i threw two dark chocolate hershey kisses in the pot. not kidding. its the same thing, right? the chocolate is the secret ingredient so i couldn't leave it out.)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper sauce
1 can (32 oz) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz) beans, undrained. (kidney, black, whatever. i used black today)

Cook and stir ground beef, onion and garlic in 3 quart saucepan until
beef is brown: drain. Stir in remaining ingredients except beans:
break up tomatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer,
stirring occasionally, 1 hour.

Stir in beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. simmer uncovered, stirring
mixture occasionally, until of desired consistency. ( about 20
minutes.) then top it with whatever you like.

for the salad:
sliced strawberries
thinly sliced red onion
slivered toasted almonds
sprinkles of crumbled blue cheese

i just mixed 50% balsamic vinegar with 50% light blue cheese dressing . i call it balsamic blue cheese dressing. yeah, real creative....

oh, and i sprinkle on fiber one "croutons".....gross, huh? i LOVE fiber one. but i am also crazy. james orders his without the fiber bomb

james loves chili....or does he?


GZ said...

chilli ... it is kinda like stir fry ...there are a couple of key ingredients (the stuff you have at the top) but then you put in there whatever you want. I often will thrown in some corn too.

Good stuff as always B!

Paul said...

Actually strawberries in salads totally rock. Also they are really good with dates too. Killer salad ingredients. If you add grilled shrimp on top of that...well there you go!

BRFOOT said...

speaking of grilled shrimp...on Jeff's blog there is a picture of a grilled shrimp salad....could you talk about what is in that. Look great and is making me hungry.

Sarah said...

OMG I just found your blog from Paul's blog. I love to cook and I love to cook healthy things.


Wow your stuff looks so yummy and healthy and just all around fantastic. I can't wait to try some of it out. Thanks!!!

rr said...

beth & james - I love the food blog! I need healthy ideas, I really struggle with healthy eating.. hope you don't mind if I like the blog from mine.. I love spaghetti squash and you reminded me. AND of course I would love chocolate chili, how could I not.