This week, cats and kittens, I’m gonna do you a solid. You get two for one. That’s right…one post, two recipes, and two chances to cook something amazing!
First…the background. It’s football season, folks, and you know what that means?? That means football parties, fantasy football, and best of all…FOOD! This past weekend, we held a Fantasy Football draft party at ours for one of J’s leagues…and of course I used that as a prime opportunity to make enough food to feed the continent of Africa. All of them. And what better for a football party than chili? Who cares that it’s freaking 90+ degrees F. out there…it’s football, baby! And in my house, football = chili.
The first recipe comes from Two Peas in their Pod. Their Vegetarian Chili adds a little something extra, in the way of my favorite vegetarian staple in life: QUINOA! I love me some quinoa…talk about a complete source of awesomeness (and by “awesomeness,” I mean protein). The recipe is chock full of delicious vegetables, and if you have farm fresh veg, it’s even better!
The recipe is simple. Go to fridge and grab EVERYTHING! Seriously…if you have it, you can probably use it. Boil some quinoa and set it aside. Saute some onions in some olive oil for a few minutes. After that…chop up every single thing of veg you can find. Throw it in a pot with the onion. Saute it for a few minutes. Throw in the diced tomatoes and the beans, and some garlic. Some people put in chocolate and beer. The recipe doesn’t call for it…but hey! It’s football, and in my house football = chili = beer. Don’t be afraid, embrace the brew.
At this point, shove a lit on that pot and spend the next 30 minutes making yourself a mojito, because you’re done kids. Simmer away and serve that stuff hot. You and your family/guests/trickster dog who your food will thank me.
Recipe Two is another crowd pleaser, this time from Skinny Taste! I adore Gina’s recipes…I haven’t found a bad one yet…she really is a lifesaver if you’re trying to be healthy, lose some weight, maintain your weight, or doing weight watchers (all her recipes have points calculated for you). Gina takes the traditional stuffed mushroom and makes it delicious, but still (mostly) nutritious! Her original recipe includes bacon as an ingredient, but she makes a suggestion to substitute Feta cheese if you want it veggie. And let me tell you, feta is awesome.
And, to make it even better, the recipe is super easy and takes hardly any time. Take a skillet, saute some garlic, and add some fresh spinach to wilt. Meanwhile, take the stems out of some mushrooms, chop the stems, and saute those too. Mix the spinach, garlic, sauted mushroom stems, breadcrumbs, and feta (awesome!) in a bowl, and stuff the crap out of those mushrooms! Stuff ’til you can’t stuff no more! And after you’re done with that…bake them for a bit. While they’re baking…grab your mojito you already made while waiting on the chili, and proceed to eat the leftover “stuffing” because those recipes always make too much stuffing for the number of mushrooms to fill. It’s inevitable, and you shouldn’t let it go to waste. Plus, it’s skinny. So eat it. EAT IT!
Now…at this point, you have chili, mojitos (if you’re me), and stuffed mushrooms. There is clearly only one option left at this point. Sit on the couch, put your feet up, and tuck in!
Hope you enjoy!