Fire Roasted Chili

This Fire-Roasted Chili has a kick, but don't worry kids love it. In fact, a 10 year old boy in our neighborhood who usually turns up his nose at all traditional chili recipes gobbled this Fire-Roasted Chili down Friday night. He even requested the recipe so his mom could make it for him.  

1 Tbls. olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 (15 oz.) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
fresh kernels from one ear of corn or 2/3 cup frozen
1 medium fresh garden tomato, chopped
1 (7 oz.) can Mexican style tomato sauce (find near other canned tomato sauce)
1 Tbls. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 bunch green onions, chopped for garnish
sour cream for garnish

1. In large stock pot, heat olive oil.
2. Add onion and garlic and saute on medium until tender, about 3 minutes
3. Add beef and brown over medium heat.
4. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Simmer on medium low heat for 15 minutes.
5. Serve with green onions and sour cream.

Serves 8

Note: This recipe would be a regular stand by chili if you forgo the Fire-roasted and Mexican style tomatoes. So I urge you to include. This can be made in under 30 minutes.


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Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta

This is a fresh and simple pasta dish that is perfectly delicious when using out of garden tomatoes. 

8 oz. spaghetti, cooked tender
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
2 Tbls. fresh, shredded Parmesan

1. Place spaghetti in large bowl and set aside.
2. I a small sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
3. Add garlic and saute for 1 minutes.
4. Add garlic-oil, basil, and cherry tomatoes to spaghetti and toss.
5. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Serves 6


Watermelon and Feta Bites

This is one refreshing and simple snack that combines the complementary flavors of sweet watermelon and sour lemon. The cheese add a bit of protein and fat to bring down the glycemic load of the snack.

Calories per serving: 150

16 (1 1/2 inch) cubes of watermelon
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1. Divide watermelon among four salad plates.
2. Divide and top watermelon with lemon juice, zest, feta cheese.

Serves 4