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Lazy Night Chili

Posted: February 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Pantry staples | No Comments »

I’m EXHAUSTED!

That yoga class kept me energized, but the actual lack of sleep has finally caught up with me. My eyes have been drooping for the past few hours, and I think I’m about to head to bed!

Lunch re-cap: For some reason I didn’t pack nearly enough lunch today. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking! I packed these leftover sesame soba noodles from last night, and nothing else! They were however, delicious.

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After work, I went for a short walk, and then stopped by Whole Foods to pick up the ingredients for a really lazy supper – vegetarian chili. This chili is the easiest dish you could possibly make, for the nights when I am just short of ordering takeout but I decide that eating healthily is probably a better choice.

I first sauteed some garlic and a red pepper for just a few minutes, and added a dash of red chile powder, a teaspoon of cumin, and some mexican oregano. (On some days I’ll add an onion, and some ground turkey at this step, but I didn’t have any of either, and wanted to keep things light.)

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Then I opened all four of these cans:

(This is one of those dinners that you can make with just what you have in your pantry).

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The key to this chili is are the chickpeas. They add a nice texture and flavor that are slightly unusual in chili, but work wonderfully.

I rinsed the beans – while canned beans are good for using in a pinch, they often contain extra salt to preserve them and give them flavor. I have some slight sodium issues (I swell if I eat too much), so I prefer to make my own beans, or get beans with no salt added. They didn’t have any no-salt-added organic, so I bought the salty organics, and gave them a really good rinse.

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Add everything to the pot, and stir it all until it’s hot – and then it’s done!!

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I ate two big bowls of the stuff, topped with a little bit of shredded Cabot cheddar! Yum!

[After a few bites, I realized that I had purchased ‘Hot’ salsa, and also put in some chile, so I ended up adding a little dollop of plain yogurt to cool things down. Yikes!!! ]

Although.. it was so good that we didn’t have any leftovers! I always forget to put away a little portion for my lunch… Sigh…

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