Rainy Day Chili

Yes. It’s raining. The daylight sky is pretty dark and the school luch menu actually says “chili” today. Woohoo! Planning, it’s all in the planning. Fall weather always seems to need “soup” or chili of some kind.

Here’s what we came up with for lunch today.

First I cooked the lentils.

1 1/2 c  dry lentils, cooked in 4 cups of water until soft.

Then I cooked 1 lb. of ground meat (turkey, pork, whatever)

and added in:

  • one large white onion, diced
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper

Then I added about 1/2 of the cooked lentils and pureed the rest with 2 small jars of butternut squash baby food  with 1 can of garbanzo beans, and a small amount of water, probably a half of a cup. 

The puree went in the pot with the rest of the tomatoes and beans. I did add some additional water of an unknown amount to make it the right consistancy. YMMV.

Let that simmer for 30 minutes. Yum.

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