Watching the movie Ratatouille with my family inspired my 13-year-old to want to do some cooking. I enjoy cooking for my family, even trying new recipes, but doing this task with my son was a true treat! AJ's first task was to choose a recipe. I was open to just about anything and he is willing to eat just about anything so the options were endless. He ventured into the notebook titled, "Traci's Favorites". This notebook was a craft created at a MOPs event at least five years ago. Please don't let the title fool you. Although this notebook does contain many of my favorite recipes it also contains many recipes that I have yet to attempt.
The recipe selection: Bob's Chili Recipe (from the notebook) and Cornbread (from the Original Betty Crocker Cookbook).
I'm not actually sure why I have never made Bob's Chili. Years ago (not sure how many) I was trained and then facilitated health and weight-loss classes through a program called Trinity Health. The founders of Trinity Health are Bob and Vicki and this recipe is Bob's. So, this is not only a good-tasting chili recipe, but it is also a good-for-you recipe! Win-win!
The recipe was simple to follow. Check.
The recipe did not involve any crazy or hard-to-find ingredients. Check.
There was plenty of chili for leftovers. Check.
Everyone in the family liked the chili. Priceless.
Bob's Chili Recipe
Ingredients (ingredients we used, if different, are placed in parenthesis)
2 lbs. lean ground beef or ground turkey (beef)
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 green pepper, chopped (red pepper)
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 cans (15-16 oz each) whole tomatoes, cut into pieces (petite diced tomatoes)
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp Splenda (Stevia)
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tsp red pepper sauce (Tapatio Salsa Picante)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 small can diced green chilis, or 3-4 whole roasted green chilis, peeled and diced (canned)
1 can black beans
1 can rd beans
Cook and stir meat, onion, and garlic until meat is light brown, then drain. Stir in remaining ingredients, except beans. Heat to boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans (don't drain) and simmer another 45 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. (30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes)
Honestly, I can't wait to make this recipe again. It was so delicious! Yet, even more than making the chili, I can't wait to cook with AJ (or one of my other children) again. It was awesome!
Even the simple, mundane, everyday tasks can Be Extraordinary!