Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chilly Chili Sunday

Saturday Sandwich Dinner
We started off with White Cheeseless Queso for a snack. We just sat at the table, listened to music, and talked. Dinner ended up being much later than normal. We bantered back and forth over what to make. Jason kept throwing out complicated, time-consuming ideas. Great ideas mind you, just not things to start at 8 pm. We settled on Italian "Beef" Sandwiches that I let him make. We served them open-faced on sandwich thins with sweet potato "fries". I apolgoize for not taking pictures. It was late, and I was starving.

Step on Sunday
This morning I woke up to gray skies and much cooler temps. I think we topped out at 65, if that. I was really slow going. In all honesty, I almost took the day as a rest day. Typically, Sundays are a run day, but the weather was dreary, and Jason's knee was bothering him a bit. He went upstairs to do yoga to try to stretch, and I ended up doing part of Cathe's Step Blast plus abs. Once I got going, I felt so much better and had more energy.

Date Day
We had to make a trip to Whole Foods, otherwise I think I would have just thrown on pjs after cleaning up. Since we were going to be out and about, Jason really wanted to go see a movie. I really am not a big movie watcher to be honest. We go to the movies very rarely. I have issues with the seats and thoughts of germs. I know, silly. Anyway, I decided to just suck it up and enjoy sort of a date afternoon.

Going with the date theme, we opted to watch Date Night. It was really a pretty good, funny movie. I indulged in popcorn, peanut M&M's and diet soda. The soda may as well have been straight vodka upon first sip. WOW. The last time I had a soda was the last time we were at the movies to see Alice in Wonderland months ago. I'll admit, I was feeling a little icky after the fact. I never eat stuff like that so I think my body was in total shock. Oh, and my sinuses are a mess so that certainly didn't help the ick factor.

Chili in May
Jason and I both love chili. But typically we only have it in the fall and winter. Southern summers are just not conducive to chili. Since we had such a cool day today, however, we decided to take advantage of it and make chili for dinner. We made a Chipotle Chili.

Chipotle Chili
1 tsp (or less) canola oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced (or whole if small)
1/2 - whole green bell pepper, diced (depends on size)
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste (approximate)
1/2 cup TVP (I use a "beef" flavored brand I find at a local health store) 
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, de-veined, minced 
2 chipotles in adobe, minced
1 12 oz. beer (optional)
1 cup vegetable broth or water
Spices to taste: sea salt, black pepper, red pepper, chipotle flakes, cumin, chili powder

In large pot, heat oil and saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic until they begin to soften (approximately 5 minutes). Add in tomatoes, broth or water, beans, jalapeno, chipotles, and spices. Let simmer over low heat approximately 30 minutes. Stir in TVP and paste, let chili continue to simmer and thicken approximately 30 minutes. The longer it cooks, the more the flavors will meld.

I want to wish all of the moms a Happy Mother's Day. I hope it was special (even for moms of furbabies)!!