The weather has been awesome in Birmingham, and we had a cold snap this weekend, so we made My Favorite Chili Recipe. A lot of friends always ask me for my favorite chili recipe so I thought I would share–it’s my husband’s recipe creation. He has a few tricks up his sleeve. He uses ground beef and beef stew meat in the chili to create a meatier, thicker consistency. He also uses light beer instead of water and cacao powder. Cacao powder is similar to cocoa powder, but healthier and loaded with antioxidants. Use your favorite chili seasoning mix, green pepper, garlic and onion along with a touch of light brown sugar and canned tomatoes. I also like white kidney beans in my chili, but use your favorite beans. If you’re chili looks thinner than you like, add 1 tablespoon mesa flour and water to thicken it. Ours turned out perfect. Served with a salad and your favorite crackers, and dinner is done.
Take a break from the store bought sweets this Halloween and create your own festive dessert. Treat guests to Halloween Cake Pops, which are made using a homemade Pumpkin Spiced Bread recipe that is made with tofu. Simply combine pumpkin spice, flour and vanilla with House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu to create a lighter, healthier Halloween dessert. Next, melt the candy coating to create the icing for the cake pops. Then decorate with friendly jack-o-lanterns, scary ghosts, mummies and tombstones. Try something healthier this Halloween!