Quick & Easy Chili Nachos

Seeing that I had a plethora of Chili in my fridge last week, I had to find ways to swag it out so that I didn’t feel as if I was eating the same thing almost everyday (I was though 😩 ). In a bought of laziness I decided to make my own chili nachos at home. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted in the end. (Forgive this post! It’s not a picture laden as normal)

What you need:

3 cups of Tortilla Chips

1 cup of Chili

1/2 cup of salsa

1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a prepackaged Mexican blend)

6 leaves of lettuce

Take the cup of chili and heat it until warm.

Wash and dry the lettuce. Then chop it into small pieces.

On a large plate, spread the tortilla chips into one layer.

Pour the Chili over the tortilla chips.

Sprinkle with cheese, so it can melt over the Chili.

Top with the lettuce, and finally your salsa.

Voila!! You have your Chili Nachos. A quick, easy, and delicious meal in less than 10 minutes.

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Icecream

 

I will be the first to admit that I always viewed no churn ice cream recipes with a lot of skepticism, especially when folks touted it as only taking 2 ingredients. Well…I have to eat crow. After making some. I have to say that this will be my go to for the summer. The ice cream is quick and easy to make; light in terms of texture and consistency; and far better tasting than most store brands. I know, I know you think I’m exaggerating. But I challenge you to try the recipe for yourself and see how it goes.

You need:

1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Toppings of your choice (In my case crispy m&ms and twix)

Chilled Bowl

Hand mixer

Freezer safe container

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Pour the heavy whipping cream into the bowl.

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Take you hand mixer and place on a medium setting and whip.

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Initially you will just be looking at a liquid but as a couple minutes go by the cream will start to thicken.

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Add vanilla and whip the cream until its mixed well.

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Now pour in all the condensed milk.

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Whip the cream again to till the consistency is thicker and matches what is seen in the picture.

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Now add your toppings. (I attempted to crush the twix in the wrapper…it didn’t work too well -_-‘.)

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Whip until the candy is evenly distributed.

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Spoon your cream mixture into you freezer safe container and freeze overnight.

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The next day take out your icecream, serve and enjoy!

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OMG! There’s Coconut in my Spinach!

Awhile back I was going through a vegan phase, and wanted to experiment with ways to eat my veggies apart from stewing and steaming. I tried coconut cream of Spinach at a restaurant and had to give it a go. A traditional Cream of Spinach dish is dairy based. You start with heavy cream, add seasoning and them the spinach. It’s really the not the healthiest. Coconut Cream of Spinach has the same idea but instead the cream base is substituted with coconut milk. This gives the spinach a light sweet subtle coconut flavor which is absolutely delish. So let’s get started!

You need:

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

œ yellow onion, chopped

Pinch of salt

3 teaspoons Yellow Curry

1 can Coconut Milk

4 cups of Spinach

 

Take your pan and lightly oil. Then place on the burner for a minute or so until the oil warms up.

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Add the onions. Mix so it’s lightly coated and let it cook until tender.

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Take the can of coconut milk, shake vigorously to mix it. Now open and add to the pan. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes.

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Add the curry and Salt to the coconut milk, stir in. And wait for the combination to come to a low boil.

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It’a now time to add the spinach. Add handfuls at a time to the pan and spoon the coconut milk over it. It initially seems like it’s too much spinach but it wilts so don’t worry.

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Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes, and add more spinach if you wish. Voila! You’re done, a vegan tasty concoction that can go with pretty much anything from rice to meats. 😉

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Baking & Roasting My Chicken

My week has been pretty hectic and I’ve been looking for meal ideas that are delicious, but require little prep work. So while at the grocery store when I came across a 6 dollar bird a light bulb went off and I immediately knew what I would be making. Roasted Chicken with potatoes, a “one pot meal” of sorts.

What You Need:

1 Small Whole Chicken

1/2 A head of Cabbage

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Onion

6 Baby Red Potatoes

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

2 tablespoons of Chimichurri

2 tablespoon Olive Oil

Salt

1 baking pan

Mrs. Dash

Curry Powder

First preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Wash and cut vegetables and place in baking pan.
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Drizzle olive oil over them and add a dash of curry, salt and Mrs. Dash. Toss the vegetables to make sure everything is covered with the oil and seasoning.BC 2

Take the chicken, rinse with water and remove the giblet and other goodies.  Pat dry with paper towels. Place in the pan with the vegetables and rub with the unsalted butter. Follow with the chimichurri and rub all parts of the bird with as much of the sauce as you desire. (You can replace this with the seasoning of your choice). Stuff the bird with some of the potatoes you’ve seasoned.BC 3

Take a piece of aluminum foil and cover the pan. Place in the oven and cook for an 1 hour 20 minutes. 40 minutes into the bake time remove the foil.BC 4

After the the bird has finished baking take it out and enjoy. As you can tell from the picture below I got carried away and forgot to take a picture before i started to serve myself :). Enjoy!!

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All I See Is Green….

Green is really all I’m seeing at the moment. Except it’s not money :(. Lol! Oh Well it’s something better. Sauteed Kale and Spinach. Just how is it better you ask? Well Kale is high in vitamin K, iron, and antioxidants. While Spinach makes you as strong as Popeye the sailor. Seriously Spinach has vitamin B6, zinc and a whole slew of other things. But together the two greens make you beautiful both inside and out. And who doesn’t want to be beautiful?

What you need:
1 medium size pan
4 cups of Kale
4 cups of Spinach
2 tbspoons of Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of Dill Weed
1 teaspoon of Parsley
1 teaspoon of crushed Coriander Seeds
Sea Salt for taste

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coriander seeds. I measured it out and placed it in a zip-lock bag, then crushed it with a cup. Easy.

I did the same with my garlic.

ks 1After completing this I then took my pan coated it with the olive oil and added my garlic, dill weed, parsley, and coriander. I put this over medium heat until my garlic started to become translucent. Do not allow the garlic to brown.

 

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Next, I added my spinach and kale to the oil mixture in the pan. I made sure to coat the greens with the oil and spices. I also added salt to taste. To keep this on the healthy side, make sure you don’t add too much salt that promotes hypertension. (Just saying) Cook the greens for about 5 minutes max. Let them wilt slightly.

ks 5Voila! You’re done and have a healthy meal. This can go well with potatoes, salmon, rice. Pretty much anything. So give it a whirl.

 

What Better to Eat Apart from Chili When Outside is Just That!

I’ve been trying to find comfort foods that will make the cold a bit more tolerable. Normally, I go for soups because it warms the body from the inside out but I was craving something hearty. Then it hit me! Why not Chili? The meat, beans, spice, and color would definitely hit the spot. But seeing that I am going for a healthier lifestyle I decided to make turkey chili, instead of the normal beef.

What is needed:

2 Cups of Dried Beans
1 medium size bowl
1 medium saucepan
Food processor/blender
2 Bell Pepper
2 medium tomato
1 yellow onion
1 jalapeno
1 wedge of ginger
1 pound of ground turkey
2 cups water
1 tbspoon Olive oil
2 tspoons of garlic powder
Salt
Parsley
Rosemary
Oregano

Night Prior:

In a medium size TC 1bowl place two cups of dried beans. Pour water into the bowl until the beans are completely covered. Allow the beans to soak overnight. The next day you’ll notice that the beans absorbed the majority of the liquid.

 

Day Of:

Take the yellow onion and cut into quarters.TC 4
Dice a quarter of the onion.
Take the sauce pan and pour the oil in it. Move the pan to coat the bottom in oil. Add the diced onions.
Place the sauce pan on the stove and turn the range to a medium setting. Allow the onions to cook to translucency.

TC 5While this is occurring take your tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, and ginger cut into smaller pieces and place in food processor. Add a pinch of salt. Now blend until everything has a smooth consistency. Leave in the processor for now.

 

TC 7Taking the ground turkey add it to the sautéed onions in the saucepan. Use a spatula to split the turkey into small pieces. TC 8
Do this unless you want to have “meatballs” in your chili. After you’ve done this add ground garlic to the meat and mix it with the onions. Allow the meat to brown.
TC 14Returning to the food processor take your tomato mixture and pour it into your browned turkey. Add the oregano, parsley, and rosemary. Mix everything together. Cover the sauce pan with the lid and allow for it to come to a boil. This should take about 10-15 minutes.TC 15

Once it boils remove the lid lower the heat and allow for the turkey to cook some more. It should look like the picture on the  right. The sauce around the turkey should a deeper red. And the oils from the meat floating at the top. Taste and season accordingly.

TC 17Add the beans to the pan and add the two cups of water. Add more water if your mixture isn’t covered by it. Cover the pan and allow for it to cook at medium heat for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.  To check to see if the beans are cooked thoroughly take one an break it in half. If it happens easily it’s cooked. If it’s a bit hard give it more time. Once all the beans are fully cooked your meal ready.

You’ll have to excuse me this time as I don’t have a picture of the completed meal. I threw this together after work for dinner and the next days lunch and simply forgot to take pictures since I was ravenous ;). I promise to do better next time!