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“WENDY’S” CHILI

Hon loves Wendy’s chili – he would buy and eat it every single day…and does!

My friend sent me an e-cookbook of copycat recipes and this was one of them.  I changed it up a little bit, and made the first batch.  I held my breath as SuperMan ate one…and then two bowls of it and pronounced it “Very Good – almost exactly like the original.”  Whew…

It really does look and smell pretty darn close – and is easy and economical.   Treat your family to fast-food…but you’ll know exactly what’s in it!

I read about the original-original and someone said that to make it the closest to, use frozen diced onions and green peppers.  Ever wanting to make things super easy, I do.  They also said it was imperative to boil the meat after browning.  So I do that, too.

Does it make a big difference?  Who knows.  Hon likes it…I’m going with that.  You do what you want…!

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1 pound 97% lean ground beef or turkey (Vege Version: 1 pkg Morningstar Crumbles)

Salt and black pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup frozen diced green peppers

1/2 cup frozen or fresh diced red peppers  (I’ve not found frozen in my neck of the woods)

1 cup frozen diced onions

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

One 15-ounce can petite-diced tomatoes

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups water

One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

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In a stockpot, over medium heat, brown the meat with a little salt and pepper.  (Do NOT do next step if using Meat Substitute.) Add water, just to cover by 1/2 an inch, and bring to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Drain and rinse.

Return meat to pot – medium heat – and add the olive oil, celery, green peppers, red peppers, onions, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  Cook for one minute.

Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and beans.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.  Makes approx ten 1-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 164; Protein 13 g; Fat 3 g; NET Carbs 13 g; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 512 mg  (The carbs are complex and from the beans and veggies – super for us!)

 

 

 

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KIDNEY BEAN BURGERS

Okay…some of us may toot…but they’re still super healthy!

I like to use them in lots of ways – although simply in a bowl with a little butter and spices is fantastic – and these burgers were really good.

With added ground nuts to up the protein, the carbs are complex and fiber-filled.   On a toasted whole grain bun or plain with all the fixings, these make a very filling meal.  (They are even better as leftovers.)

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One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained, rinsed and mashed  (my fave brand is S&W)

1/4 cup pecans, coarsely ground

1/4 cup onion, finely diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 egg white

2 tablespoons flour (can use chickpea or oat flour)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon ketchup

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon sweet yellow curry powder (I love Penzey’s curry)

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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In a large bowl combine the mashed beans, pecans, onion, garlic, egg white, flour, parsley, ketchup, chili powder, curry powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Mix well and chill for 15 minutes.

Form into burgers and fry in a small amount of oil, or in a nonstick pan sprayed with vegetable cooking spray, over medium heat.  Makes 5 burgers.

Per burger: 126 Calories; 6 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 17 g Carb (13 NET); 4 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 289 mg Sodium

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FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

When I saw this recipe I was very skeptical…usually these kind leave a LOT to be desired.

But this is one moist and delicious dessert!  And unless you told someone they would never, in a million years, guess what the secret ingredient was.

It’s very flavorful and rises well…not eggy or too dense…just right.  It has a very nice texture and a tender, moist crumb.  (I thought it got better the next day – the flavors more intense and when stored in the fridge it’s nice and fudgey, almost.)

It’s beans and eggs with a little cocoa powder thrown in – it’s very good for you.  (The carbs are complex one and come from the beans.)  Seriously!  Do try this, you won’t be disappointed.

I have to give credit to Lauren from Healthy Indulgences for the inspiration.

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One 15-ounce can unseasoned black or kidney beans – drained and rinsed (I prefer S&W kidney beans for this)

1 tablespoon water or coffee (the coffee will bring out more intense chocolate flavor)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup Whey Low granular or maltitol

5 eggs

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(I recently made the WHOLE thing in the blender.  Gets pretty thick, so you need a fairly powerful machine, but it works great. I pureed the beans first with the water/coffee and an egg…then added the rest of the eggs…then the remaining ingredients.  Processed till smooth.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Coat a 9 or 10 inch cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a blender, food processor or with a hand held blender wand, puree the beans, water/coffee, and vanilla until smooth.  Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl beat the butter and the Whey Low for one minute with an electric mixer.  Beat in the eggs for two minutes, or until very light and fluffy.  Beat in the bean mixture, just until combined.  Beat in the cocoa mixture for one minute, until very smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or frost and cover.  Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 171; Protein 6 g; Fat 11 g; NET Carbs 10 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 155 mg

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THREE BEAN CHILI

Hon loves anything and everything “Chili”.  And I really think you can’t have too many variations on that theme!

I’ve done a vegetarian version here, but certainly adding in some chunks of beef or sausage would be super and still have a different feel than regular chili.

Don’t let the 12 cloves of garlic or the cocoa powder, or cinnamon sway you…this is one tasty bowl o’ red and it gets better as leftovers!

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3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
12 cloves garlic, minced
1 red sweet pepper, diced
1 orange or yellow sweet pepper, diced
1 canned chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (just 1 pepper, not the whole can unless you are feeling especially asbestos-y!)
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 teaspoon Splenda/sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
One 14-ounce can diced tomatos, undrained
One 14-ounce can tomato sauce
One 14-ounce can chicken or vegetable broth
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained, rinsed
One 15-ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed
One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed

In a large stock pot, over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 10 minutes, or until the onion in very soft and translucent. Stir in sweet peppers, chipotle pepper, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cilantro, Splenda/sugar, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add drained and rinsed beans. Cover and simmer for another 20 minutes. Serve with sour cream. Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 188; Protein 8 g; Fat 5 g; Carbs 19 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 649 mg

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