29 September 2014

5 Spice Pumpkin Beer Chili

5 Spice Beer Chili


My Mama always kept the ingredients for chili in the pantry. When she moved me into my first apartment, she made sure my pantry had those ingredients and the freezer had ground turkey. I have not kept up her tradition, instead I shop for what I am cooking each week.

I'm missing my Mama and wishing that we were planning a lunch for our October birthdays. So last night, I made chili. I had all the ingredients, except the meat, and smiled because without pre-planning, my Mama's organization passed on to me.


5 Spice Pumpkin Beer Chili

inspired by Nine + Sixteen

Serves 8


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 large sweet onions, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 32 ounces (2 cans) tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 can kidney beans 
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 24 ounces Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin
  • 2 cups beef broth (optional, see Cook's Note)

Directions

  1. Brown onions and beef in a large dutch oven.
  2. Add garlic when beef is almost done.
  3. Mix in tomato sauce and tomato paste.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, except beef broth.
  5. Stir and simmer on low at least 45 minutes, and up to all day.


Cook's Note

  • Add beef broth if you want a more liquid consistency.
  • You can cook this on low in your crockpot if you pre-brown the meat - I don't like meat that is browned in a crockpot.
  • Serve with plain Greek yogurt/sour cream, shredded cheese and scallions.
  • Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cornbread is delicious with this dish! Plain cornbread is delicious, too! 
  • You can use any amber beer!
  • This dish freezes really well.

Pumpkin 5 Spice Beer Chili

07 September 2014

Sunday Inspiration

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First Corinthians 13: 4-7 is about what we are called to do - to love. One of my mentors reminds me, quite often, to replace the words "Love" and "It" with my name and say these verses aloud. I am continually challenged to be more patient, kind, peaceful, compassionate, honest, humble, attentive, understanding, mindful, self-aware, courageous and mindful. I am a constant work in progress and this practice is challenging me lately. The patience part especially. So I will continue to grow and stretch and work on me.

05 September 2014

Watermelon Detox Juice

Watermelon Detox Juice 

Watermelon Detox Juice is a healthy (and tasty) way to cleanse toxins from your system. Nutrient and dietary fiber rich, with a high water content, watermelon provides health benefits without packing on the calories. The addition of ginger helps soothe the digestion track. Enjoy!

Watermelon Detox Juice

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cubed watermelon, including the white flesh
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 mint leaves

Directions

  • Blend and enjoy! Add a few ice cubes for a frothy drink.

02 September 2014

The Detox Salad

Detox Salad by Christi Rauth


The Detox Salad is packed with nutrients and flavor. It is the perfect addition to your everyday meal planning or kickstart after over-indulging.

The Detox Salad

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unfiltered, raw, apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons quality dijon mustard
  • few pinches of Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • few pinches of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 - 10 ounce bag of Trader Joe's Cruciferous Crunch Collection (see Cook's Note for alternative)
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, not in oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted, roasted pecan pieces

Directions

Combine oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a canning jar and shake to combine. In a serving bowl, combine Cruciferous Crunch, sun-dried tomatoes, cauliflower, cilantro and pecan pieces. Add dressing and mix to combine. Let salad wilt for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

In place of Trader Joe's Cruciferous Crunch, use 4 cups chopped kale, 1 cup chopped cauliflower, 2 cups shaved brussel sprouts, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 cups chopped broccoli
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