Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

This past weekend was the MOST relaxing weekend I've had in a long time :) it was awesome.

Friday night = Happy Hour(s) with coworkers - it was nice to hang out with everyone outside of work! I work with some awesome people! After that, just relaxed at home and went to bed early :)

Saturday night = Out to dinner at Mike's All American Grill (A Great American Restaurant, such creative dishes, such great service) with Luke's mom! SO YUMMY!

Sunday was a beautiful day here in DC !! 75 degrees!

Sunday night I made my mom's chili! well my version of her chili...basically the most simple recipe in the world:

1 yellow onion, chopped.
1 green bell pepper, chopped.
1(ish) lbs of ground turkey, beef, or chicken (i used turkey this time)
1 can black beans
2 can light red kidney beans
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can pintos
(in all reality, pick the beans you like and add them. it doesn't matter unless you are going for color variety)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 little can tomato paste
1 HUGE can crushed tomatoes with roasted garlic
1 small can green chiles
1 small can fire roasted tomatoes
2 packets of chili seasoning (so easyyy..i did one with lower sodium, and one HOT!)
salt and pepper to taste.
tbsp olive oil

add onions and peppers, s&p, and olive oil to a hot pan. cook til onions are clearish. Add turkey (which i forget to do this time. oops. had to cook it in a separate pan, still tasted amazing.) and cook almost all the way through. onions should be clear, green peppers soft and meat cooked. start adding beans. I usually leave two or three cans un-drained and drain two or three. depends how much your making, but i typically do half drained and half un-drained. add tomatoes, chilis, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste. stir.
add chili seasoning. stir.
let it sit for about 20 minutes and its done.

we served ours with a bit of sour cream :)

i love simple things that turn out so tasty! the good thing about chili is that its so flexible - beans, chili seasoning, meat, tomatoes - in whatever amounts/varieties/versions you like.

I would have taken a picture, but we all know what chili looks like....and we ate it too quickly!

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