Since I am doing a ‘home vacation’ I have had lots of time to read blogs, and lots of time to cook. And I have had some really successful food experiments. First I tried Vickie’s recipe for salmon and spinach. That just sounded so good to me when I read it on her blog…again, something I would have turned my nose up at in my former life. But I tried it, and it was FANTASTIC. Couldn’t have been easier. I followed her directions exactly, except I had fresh spinach. And I think I would have chosen to chop the fresh spinach before I put it on top of the fish. I did 1/2 of the recipe, so I think the cooking time was less.
Then I read over on Tigerlily’s blog about a chili recipe that she made. And it just sounded so delicious. So I made a version of it. I thought it might interest you non-cookers to see how you can adjust a recipe and still have it turn out great. Her recipe called for ground turkey, which I did not have. I used my ground sirloin, still very lean. No peppers, left those out. Found one can of black beans–that’ll do. No tomato paste…no big deal. Didn’t have a raw sweet potato, but I did have those leftover ‘candied’ sweet potatoes that I made for Christmas. No problem, just washed the syrup off of them! What I did have that was not called for in the recipe was 2 cups of a soup made from a mix called ‘cheesy enchilada soup.’ It was good, and only 2 points per cup, but it was WAY too salty, and so I knew I wouldn’t eat it again. But I thought the flavor would go well with ‘chili.’ Anyways, what I made was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, and I estimated was about 4 points for a big bowlful. I will print the two recipes side by side so you can see the difference.
Debby’s Chili (5 servings)
You can follow the cooking directions on Tigerlily’s blog. I cooked it a little less, because I was not putting raw sweet potato into it. And I added the sweet potato at the very end, since it was already very well cooked. If I hadn’t had the sweet potato, I think butternut squash would have been delicious. I was also going to add a can of green beans, but I didn’t think it was necessary at the end. AND, I think carrots would have been delicious in this also. Again, chili is something I never would have eaten in the olden days. I just didn’t like any kind of soup. And no beans. But I actually liked those little black beans in this chili. It was really nice on a drizzly, cold day.