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68 Days of Gourmet: Day 25

I love black bean soup. It’s easy, healthy and hearty. It’s been so cold here lately so I thought black bean soup and cheese quesadillas would be a great dinner. This was my first time making this recipe and overall I was very pleased with it. I was hoping for a little more kick spiciness-wise but otherwise it was perfect. The leftovers were even more tasty the next day. This will definitely be in my regular soup rotation!

Spicy Black Bean Soup
(Recipe adapted from Gourmet, December 2008)
Printable Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 fresh jalapeño (2 inches), seeded and minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (19-ounces) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups water (I used half water/half chicken broth)
1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf

Directions:

Heat oil in a 4-to 5-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Saute onion and jalapeno for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add black beans, water and bay leaf and simmer, covered. Stir occasionally until soup has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups of soup to a blender or food processor (I recommend a food processor – use caution when blending hot liquids!) and purée . Return to pot and heat, stirring frequently. Discard bay leaf. Season with salt and serve.

Yield: 6 servings

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68 Days of Gourmet: Day 7

turkeychili

I mentioned a couple posts back that Brandon grilled a turkey breast on the Egg a couple weeks ago. I decided to make turkey chili with the leftovers since I knew a lot of people would be looking for ideas on what to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

I found this recipe from Gourmet. It was extremely easy to put together and was ready in less than 30 minutes. I will say the chili was better the second day after the flavors had more of a chance to blend. This recipe is a good starting place and you can really adapt it to whatever you have on hand. I think it would be good with different types of beans and also with corn added in.

Turkey Chili
(Recipe adapted from Gourmet, November 2008)

Ingredients:

1 large white onion, diced
1 bell pepper (any color), diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice or diced tomatoes
1 (19-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked turkey, shredded or chopped
Topping ideas: sour cream, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, hot sauce, crackers

Directions:

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add onions and peppers and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until golden. Add spices and brown sugar and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. If you are using whole tomatoes, cut with kitchen shears in can before adding to pot. Add tomatoes, beans, water and salt and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

Stir in turkey and cook for about an additional 5 minutes, until heated through.

Yield: 6 servings

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One of our favorite vegetarian meals is red coconut curry with tofu. When I saw this recipe on A Year in the Kitchen I thought it would be a fun version to try.

This recipe was originally titled “Spicy Thai Coconut Tofu Soup” but ours ended up being more noodle bowl than soup. It wasn’t very brothy (which was tasty anyway).

I made a few modifications to the original recipe so I’m going to post my version of the recipe. This definitely fits the quick and easy category and it’s very filling and tasty.

Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl with Tofu
(Recipe adapted from A Year in the Kitchen)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely diced (about 1/2 a cup)
3-4 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2-1 tsp crushed red pepper
4 cups chicken stock (can use vegetable stock to make this meal vegetarian)
1 15 oz can light coconut milk
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup sliced white or baby bello mushrooms
1 cup sliced snap peas
1/2 package thin rice noodles
1 tbsp hot red curry paste
1-2 tbsp fish sauce (optional, can sub soy sauce)
2 tsp honey
1 block extra firm tofu, diced
Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper and saute for about 1 minute until fragrant. Stir frequently and watch it closely. Don’t let your garlic and red pepper burn.
Add chicken broth, coconut milk and carrots and mushrooms and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for about 10 minutes or until carrots are tender.
Add all the remaining ingredients and cook for another 10 minutes.
I served this in bowls with soy sauce and red chili sauce (like Sriracha) on the table so we could season to taste.

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chickenchili

My mother in law shared this recipe with me a few years ago and I always make it several times during the winter. It’s delicious, healthy and hearty. This recipe makes a generous amount – the leftovers reheat well and the chili freezes well.

White Chicken Chili
(Recipe source my mother in law)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 (4 oz) cans diced green chilies
2 lbs diced chicken breasts (about 4)
2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans, divided
2 (15 oz) cans white shoepeg corn
2 (14 oz) cans chicken broth
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp jalapeno, diced
1 bay leaf

Directions:

Saute onion, bell pepper and chilies in olive oil over medium to medium-high heat in a large stock pot for about 5 minutes. Add in diced chicken and garlic and saute about 5 more minutes, until chicken is no longer pink.

Drain corn and beans. Puree one can of beans in a food processor or blender. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bot and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Discard bay leaf before serving. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and hot sauce (if desired). I usually make cornbread too.

Yield: 3 quarts, plus 1 1/2 cups

* Note, you can use already cooked chicken (rotisserie, leftover roasted, etc) and skip the chicken cooking stage – just let the onions cook a little longer before adding rest of ingredients.

* Another note, I think this could be done in the crockpot (I’ve never tried it though) by placing chicken breasts in crockpot whole and covering it with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Shred chicken with two forks before serving.

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Chili

What better way to get started than with a tried and true recipe of my Dad’s? Chili! Brandon usually starts asking for chili as soon as football season starts but I’m one of those people who just can’t do chili until it gets cold out – and in the South, who knows when that will be? Lucky for Brandon, it got chilly pretty early this year so I made a big pot of chili while he enjoyed Sunday NFL football.

And check out the special ingredient you add in the last 10 minutes of cooking…who’d of thought?

Chili
(Source: My Dad)

Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic
1 large onion
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can, 3/4 full of water
3-4 tbsp chili powder (to taste)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
16 oz kidney beans (I like dark red)
1-2 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:
In a dutch oven or heavy pan, brown meat and onions. Drain well and wipe out pan. Add all ingredients except for cocoa powder and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Uncover and simmer for another 15-30 minutes. Add cocoa powder 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with your choice of chili condiments – we like hot sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese and crushed saltine crackers.

Cornbread is great on the side – either plain or mix in some chopped jalapenos and cheddar cheese.

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