I don’t like pork. Especially bacon. ((I know it’s so uncool to not like bacon, but alas, I was never cool.)) I’ll eat the occasional bratwurst with a beer, meat on a pizza, or add Italian sausage in my family recipe pasta sauce, but I don’t do pork loin, pork chops, breakfast sausage, etc. So when I found a great Chile Verde recipe, I subbed the pork with beef stew meat, and this delicious meal was created. It is one of my favorites to freeze and have as ‘frozen meal’ lunch with out all the preservatives and crap found in commercially made frozen meals. I also don’t like cooked carrots is why I only chop them into thirds, so I can pull them out and throw away (in the compost bin) when stew is done. Just use for the sweet flavor they add.
As a meat eater, I am becoming more and more enamored by vegetarian dishes. To the point where I think I might actually make the conscious decision to stop making meat and/or dairy a priority. Mostly because it can be expensive! Secondly because it can be unhealthy. I am not making any promises, I have enough goals I am focusing on for this year. But I will admit there is a level of curiosity.
In my weekly quest to try a new recipe a lot of them have been vegetarian, by accident really. Here is my delicious find of a vegetarian chili. Easy to throw together before heading to work during the week!
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp steak sauce
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 mini chipotle cube bullion
2 15oz cans no salt added black beans
1 15oz can no salt added kidney beans
1 15oz can no salt added pinto beans
2 14.5oz cans diced tomatoes
Naturally Yours sour cream
Crushed Tortilla Chips
Rinse and drain all beans. Combine with all other ingredients except toppings. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Enjoy with toppings of your choice!
I had my first casualty of 2013. I had to throw out half of a loaf of bread.
Now in actuality, my goal for the year was to limit the amount of fruits and veggies I had to throw out because they had gone bad. Which 18 days in, I have still been successful! And no, you nay-sayers, it’s not because I haven’t bought any! I know you were thinking it… But at some point I decided I was going to make an extra effort to not waste ANY food this year. Hell, I don’t even like to waste Post-it notes, and I use a tea bag twice to eek out as much tea as possible, so I’ve just been trying to find other ways I can reduce waste in my life.
The thing that is so frustrating is that I usually buy sourdough bread. And because I mainly just use it for toast, it lasts quite a while! But I had to buy boring white bread to make my experimental turkey meatloaf last week. Apparently it doesn’t have the shelf life I had expected. Le Sigh.
But all things considered, I have been otherwise on track with my goals. I haven’t had the time to post my new recipes, but I will given some spare time, and I’ll link them here.
In addition to my trying a new recipe a week, not wasting food, and getting 1000 miles logged to DailyMile this year, I decided to add trying a new fruit or veggie each month. This can be raw or cooked. But something I’ve never made/eaten before. And so you shall hear it here first. I have never eaten (to my knowledge) butternut squash before. It was a PAIN to prep, but super easy to toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper to roast! And sooooooo tasty!
If you have any suggestions of recipes or a fruit or veggie to try, please post them! I’m always looking for inspiration!