Sunday, April 24, 2011

Recipes From A Lazy Blogger

Good morning and Happy Easter!

I wasn't successful finding any jeans yesterday, but I did buy these capris at Target:




I apologize for the muffin top; I tried to suck it in, but my shirt just wasn't working with me.



Other purchases included some mascara and a new book:




After my shopping, I actually buckled down and got some studying done! I did a couple of quizzes and listened to an online lecture while my mom made some outrageous pumpkin chili for dinner (recipe at the end of this post).




After dinner, my sister was craving Dairy Lodge since she missed out on it yesterday (she had to work) and it didn't take much to persuade me to head on down there with her. She got a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup flurry:




And since I splurged last night, I stuck with a small fat-free frozen yogurt. With sprinkles, duh.





This morning, I woke up to some delicious overnight crock-pot oatmeal (another home favorite) and enjoyed a bowl for breakfast.



There's oatmeal, milk, apples, raisins, walnuts, flax, spices, maple syrup, butter and all kinds of goodies in that delicious bowl! The oatmeal soaks up all the flavors overnight and nice and thick and gooey in the morning. So good.



Now I'm off to get some studying done for my pharmacoeconomics final tomorrow and then I'm meeting Melissa for a run! I'm hoping to tackle 4.0 miles today, that's the most I've ever run off of a treadmill! *gulp* After that, it's more studying, Easter dinner with the fam, then packing up and heading back to Grand Rapids.



Have a great day!



Recipes:

As I mentioned above, this pumpkin chili is outrageous. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan unless it involves cake, bread, or muffins but I love this recipe; the pumpkin flavor is not in the least bit overbearing. I asked my mom if I could share it and she agreed, but wanted me to point out that she uses all organic ingredients and you may need to adjust the seasonings depending on the type of ingredients that you use. (For example, organic vegetable broth has less sodium, so she adds salt, which is listed on this recipe. If you don't use organic broth, you may not need to add salt. It's all about personal preference!)


Pumpkin Chili:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 - 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 - 15 oz can pure pumpkin
  • 1- 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 - 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 - 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 8 oz frozen whole kernel corn
  • 8 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat canola oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add turkey (or chicken); cook until browned. Add tomatoes with juice, pumpkin, tomato sauce, beans, chilies, corn, vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook, sitrring occasionally, for 30 minutes (soup will thin a bit as it cooks).




While we're on the subject of recipes, I had a request to post the recipe for the chicken casserole that I wrote about yesterday. I really did not feel like typing out two whole recipes, so here's more proof that I am the epitome of lazy:




If you are having trouble reading that, PLEASE let me know and I'll quit being such a bad blogger and actually type it out for you.



Questions:

If you're a blogger, do you post a lot of recipes on your blog? If so, do you make a lot of them up yourself?

I hardly ever post recipes because I never really cook, and if I do I just steal recipes from other bloggers/websites and post a link to where I got it. However, every time I'm at home and post pictures of my home-cooked meals I get requests for the recipes. What, like my mom's chicken casserole looks better than my frozen breaded shrimp? Whatever.

What is your favorite kind of chili?

My mom's white chicken chili is my absolute favorite, followed by this pumpkin chili.

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