Clean Out the Fridge Chili

We needed to clean out our fridge so I decided to make chili.  Some of these measurements are approximate. I didn’t have any yellow onions, but you could add 1 onion, chopped and brown it with the pepper, celery and mushrooms.

1/2 yellow pepper, chopped

3 celery stalks, finely chopped

approximately 6 – 7 mushrooms, sliced

1 c. grape tomatoes, halved

1 cooked spicy chicken sausage, chopped

1/2 lb. cooked ground beef

1 19 oz. can tomatoes

1 19 oz. can lentils, rinsed and drained

1 – 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

1/2 c. each salsa and ketchup

a lot of chili powder went in by accident – I’m guessing about 3 T.

1 tsp. each (approximately) cumin, garlic powder, dried onion bits, italian seasoning blend and ground pepper

shake of cinnamon

1 tsp. cocoa powder

Brown the pepper, celery and mushrooms. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Serves 4 – 6.

Pimp My Oatmeal!

I love oatmeal and have it almost every day for breakfast. By itself, it’s pretty bland. Here’s a recipe to take it up a notch.
Basic Oatmeal:
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. large flake oats
dash salt
Combine in large bowl and microwave on high 2 minutes. Let stand a couple minutes to set. Stir in some, any or all of the following:
1 T. coconut
1/4 c. raisins or other dried fruit
1 T. peanut butter or other nut butter or a small handful of nuts
1 T. brown sugar

1 T. each wheat germ and ground flaxseed

(Serve with milk)

Serves one.

*It’s pretty flexible.