My Favorite Chili Recipe

My Favorite Chili recipe

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.

Healthy Tortilla Soup

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My sister, Julie, makes the best tortilla soup I have ever tried. I finally asked her for the recipe which actually came from The Food Network Kitchens. I adapted their recipe to create this Healthy Tortilla Soup. This recipe is so easy and only takes 10 minutes of preparation time. I used a rotisserie chicken for the chicken in this recipe which made this soup even simpler. Feel free to use fresh tomatoes and fresh corn if you’re making this in the summertime, but canned tomatoes and frozen corn are won’t compromise the flavor. My 3 kids loved this recipe, and it’s going on our Super Bowl recipe menu for sure! Enjoy this 30 minute recipe all winter and year round.

 

Coconut Eggnog

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I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I have been contemplating making homemade eggnog this year, so I thought of a new twist to the typical eggnog and made this Coconut Eggnog. It is a huge hit! I used Coconut Water from Coco Joy which is made with real coconuts with no added sugar or preservatives. This coconut water is full of minerals and nutrients such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and more. This Coconut Eggnog recipe is great with and without the rum, and my kids loved it without the rum! Happy Holidays!!

Tortilla Soup with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

If you have any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I have a great recipe idea. This Tortilla Soup recipe is my newest favorite, and it’s a perfect way to use up your turkey leftovers. I served it tonight, and I couldn’t stop eating it. If you don’t have any turkey leftovers, feel free to use cooked chicken (or a rotisserie chicken is perfect if you’re in a hurry). You can also make this a vegetarian recipe by substituting vegetable broth for chicken broth, omitting the turkey and using an entire can of black beans. My 3 kids loved this soup, and they told me it is the best tortilla soup they have ever tried. I took this as a sincere compliment and good endorsement! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! It was so nice to be with my family and catch up on some rest. I ran a 10K “Turkey Run” on Thursday, and I placed 5th in my age division. I’ll take it! Here is to a great week ahead!

Beetroot, Goat Cheese Hazelnut Tart

Beets are so incredibly healthy, and one of my favorite root vegetables. Just 3 baby beets equals one serving of your 5 vegetables and fruits you should have a day. They are also so versatile in cooking, and I love them in this Beetroot Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Tart. This recipe is very simple to prepare, and it makes a show-stopping appetizer or side dish. It’s perfect for holiday season entertaining. Check out LoveBeets which are ready-to-eat, cooked beets. You can find them in your local grocery such as Whole Foods Market. They make life so much easier, and they taste so fresh.

Here are just a few of their powerful health benefits.

1. Beets are one of the richest sources of folic acid essential for normal tissue growth.

2. Research has showed that beets can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar.

3. Beets have been said to lessen chances of skin and lung cancer.

4. The high iron content in beets helps fight fatigue and anemia.

5. Beets contain high amounts of Boron which is related to production of human sex hormones, thus increasing sex drive. 

Simple Southwestern Tortilla Soup


It has been so cold in Alabama the past 2 months, so my family has been living on soup galore. It has finally warmed up thank goodness, but this Southwestern Soup is one of my kid’s favorites. My friend, Nancy, worked hard helping me to perfect the recipe. Many thanks to a wonderful friend. I used rotisserie chicken which saves a lot of time and effort. I love the touch of the homemade tortilla strips. I make this soup even in the summertime, but it’s always fabulous to serve this time of year.

Simple and Warm Comfort Food: Easy Pot Roast

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Some of my friends were telling me that they were scared to make pot roast. I told them it’s really one of the easiest things to make and is such a crowd pleaser (not to mention the kitchen will smell divine). I love to make this recipe because it feeds a crowd if we have company, and if not, we have leftovers. There’s nothing greater and comforting when the weather is so cold.

Heartwarming Comfort Food: Matzoh Ball Soup

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I have been sick for the past few days which is rare for me. My sweet friend, Heidi, offered to make me some Matzoh Ball Soup. Of course, I turned her down, but made every effort to make it on my own (with tons of help from my daughter, thank you Leigh). It’s three days later, and it still tastes great. It’s perfect for the cold weather we’re having and warms the soul. If you’re short on time, use the Manischewitz Matzo Ball and Soup Mix and add the vegetables above. It’s really great too.

Family Favorite: Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I made Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs last night, and my kids went nuts over it. For some reason, they acted like I had slaved in the kitchen all day. They were so impressed! This recipe is a breeze. It’s true comfort food for the first week of school. Feel free to substitute ground turkey if you prefer.