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Monday, October 20, 2008

feeling green: more on eating meatless

after i posted about reasons to eat meatless, someone from the meatless monday campaign left a comment and reminded me of another good reason to eat meatless -it reduces your carbon footprint. she sent a great article so here it is if you want to read more! i'm convinced and want to do my part, so we started today with our own meatless monday! the meatless monday website has great recipes, too. we tried the great northern white chili and it was mmm, mmm, good!

great northern white chili
8 servings

1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 (15-ounce) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
1 (14-ounce) can white sweet corn, drained

1. coat a large pot with nonstick cooking spray, then sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Stir frequently so vegetables don't stick.
2. empty one can of the great northern beans into a food processoror blender and process with one cup of the vegetable broth until smooth.
3. add everything to the pot: the pureed bean mixture, the second can of great northern beans,the garbanzo beans, the remaining 3 cups of vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano, green chiles, and corn.
4. bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes.
i added a bit more of each spice and garnished with sour cream and fresh salsa. i also made some mini quesadillas with corn tortillas and cheese to dip in it. mmm....
easy fresh salsa ala skinny bovine:
1 large roma tomato
1 small jalapeno pepper
1 thin slice onion
1 small clove garlic (optional)
cilantro to liking (or none if you happen to be out, like me tonight!!)
a few squirts of lime juice
salt to taste
put all ingredients in a small electric food chopper/processor/blender. turn on and off until ingredients are chopped and mixed, but not pureed.


Cheffie-Mom said...

Hi, I'm Debbie. The pictures look delicious. I'll have to try out the recipe. I have a cooking show, Dishing with Debbie. I love finding new recipes! On top of that, I love celebrating family, food, fun and friends. Please stop by soon!

Garrett and Jessica said...

I love this chili... Terrilee B. made it for our Visiting Teaching Workshop, and I've been hooked ever since! Thanks for providing a meatless version!

janaemadsen said...

Thanks for the recipe- when will you start selling the skinny bovine shirts?

BrittWilk said...

hi cheffie-mom! glad you found us! it sounds like we have a lot in common in the things we love and your website is fantastic. i can't wait to try one of your recipes!

hey jess! i love this one too. i've made one with chicken that i like as well, but meatless is fun!

and janae, hmmm... if you want a skinny bovine shirt it can be arranged. let me know!

the firths said...

I loved the money/calorie saving tips on the moraccan chili. Good ideas. I seem to disregard recipes that call for expensive ingredients- I guess I can have my cake and eat it too. Keep the recipes coming!
I'm making your orange chicken today

P.S. Have you ever thought about doing a post on your mother in laws shredded beef enchilladas-
To die for and I would looove the recipe.
Love you guys!

BrittWilk said...

hey dani! hope the orange chicken turned out yummy!

and i haven't thought about doing my mother-in-law's shredded beef enchiladas, but you're right, they were totally yummy. i'll have to experiment if beef ever goes on sale cheap enough. i'm going to post some shredded chicken enchiladas soon, though! i've been dreaming of them...

healthy cooking on a budget

disclaimer: i don't claim to be an expert on cooking, weight loss or even healthy eating, but i do love to cook, find healthy, taste bud-friendly tricks and most of all, i love to eat!

qualifications: what qualifies me to blog on cooking healthy on a small budget? well, as my husband is still a student, my budget is not what you'd call large. and as for the healthy part, when i was 10 i was diagnosed with pancreatitus - a disease that doesn't effect me much anymore unless i eat food that is too greasy or has too much fat (in which case, well, let's just say i get really sick). this had steered my experience and limited cooking expertise in a health-conscious direction.

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