cooking

Vegetarian Chili

You guys! I love meat. But I decided to save a few dollars and try out a vegetarian chili. It was super easy and aside from having to open a lot of cans, really quick to toss in the pot.

You need :

  • 1 16oz can each of black beans, Pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and corn
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 packets chili seasoning if your choice or make your own blend
  • 2 generous teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 2 heaping teaspoons minced garlic (or more – is there such a thing as too much garlic?)
  1. Dice or run the peppers and onion through your foods processor.
  2. Dump everything into a large pot and stir to combine.
  3. Let simmer until heated thru and flavors have begun to combine.
  4. Spoon into bowls or over Fritos and top with cheddar cheese if desired.

And holy crap! This chili is good and so filling!

Still Cleaning

I’m still finding tons of stuff to clean up around the house. I’m finally almost done throwing away my old dresser that fell apart once piece at a time each week into the trash barrel – there’s just one side and the paperboard back left – and then I can start breaking down the tons of cardboard boxes I keep unearthing and throwing them away. I wish I could just throw them all out at once, but we only get one trash barrel so it’s not possible.

I keep finding technology-related stuff too. External DVD drives, multiple hard drives too small to be of much use in the current world (I’ve found like 6 of them), a hard drive enclosure that needs a power cord… And there’s a printer new in box that I think mom bought when she had Windows 8 that was incompatible with the computer then. I need to find cables for the hard drive enclosure and see if it and the drive currently inside it works, and if not, drop it off at the elections recycling place. The same goes for the external DVD drives – I will likely test those on my mom’s computer tonight.

Today my mom brought up if I wanted half ownership of the house and property when she dies. I said yes. I don’t want to stay here unless I built a place in the back, and honestly I would still rather sell my half and find a spot of land somewhere a bit closer to town… But either way, hopefully that’s not for a long time. A really, really long time.

For Thanksgiving, I did the shopping today, and picked up a 14-pound turkey for $9. I also bought stuff to make a blackberry cheesecake Wednesday night, and I’ll make the rolls from scratch the day of. Mom still wants to get a ham, but its just going to be me and her, and we don’t need all the food… Lol. Or maybe we do. I dunno.

Beer Bread

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour -or-
    1 ¼th teaspoons baking power & 1/8th teaspoon salt to each cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4th cup sugar
  • 12 oz. beer

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Pour into greased pan.
  2. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 8 servings of 1 slice each. Each slice has 200 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 40 grams of carbs.

Goulash

From Mom’s kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes Kraft mac n cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • Milk (as needed)

Directions

  1. Boil pasta and cook according to directions. Brown ground beef in skillet, breaking it up into small pieces. Drain fat, and set aside.
  2. Stir together pasta, ground beef, frozen corn, cheese mix packets, and a small amount of milk over low heat until everything is warmed through.