Making Chili — At 9PM on a Monday Night? You Betcha!

Chili in CrockPot

A Weekly Food Plan is a smart way to reduce the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma.

I promised my wife that the boys and I would take of the weekly food plan this week.

To make good on that, I made chili tonight.  I multi-tasked.  I prepped the chili while watching the Notre Dame vs. UConn women’s basketball game.  And WOW!  What a game.

We’re in triple overtime as I’m typing this.  It’s exciting  And it’s tough to make chili with all the nail-biting going on.  Geez!

Here’s the recipe for my wife’s CrockPot Chili.  It went in the slow-cooker at 9:15PM and (on low) will stay there until the alarm clock goes off at 4:30AM.  Yes, you read that right — 4:30AM is when the iPhone starts playing that cool marimba tune.  To get everybody up and ready for school (which includes showers, ironing clothes, breakfast for everyone) we have to be ready to start the day early.  Really early.

In a large slow-cooker add:

  • 1 lb of browned, lean ground beef
  • 1 46oz can of tomato juice
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 3 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (including liquid)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of kidney beans (no need to rinse, just add them to the pot)
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/4 t. coarse, black pepper

Cook on low for about eight hours.

What did we make over the weekend?

Chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and sweet corn.  We have leftovers.

Hamburger + Potato casserole.  We ate that tonight and still have leftovers.

Chicken salad (we added Paprika this time — EXCELLENT addition).  Nate took some in his lunch and made a sandwich at school. We still have some for lunches tomorrow.

I had some chicken salad tonight — atop a salad of lettuce, red peppers, Roma tomato and chopped onions.  Finished off with oil + vinegar salad dressing.

Devil’s Food cake.  It’s going fast.

Go Irish!

Time for bed.  Notre Dame beat UConn.  Woo Hoo!  It’s always good to end the day on a positive note.

Hope your Monday was a good one.





Crafty Dad Cooking :: Pork Roast

Center Cut Boneless Pork Roast in the CrockPot Slow Cooker

Trying to stay on my high-protein, low-carb diet, pork roast is one of my very favorite foods.

I have it for breakfast (mixed salad greens + pork roast + 1/2 a tomato + a hard-boiled egg) in a salad.  Add some Italian dressing and I’m good to go.  (As long as I have a cup of coffee to go along with it!)

I take it to work and either re-heat it in the microwave or eat it cold.  Matters not to me.  It’s easy to pack in my lunch bag and makes for a tasty lunch-time treat.

The rest of my family likes it too.  They may have a slice or chunk of it along with a baked potato or some cheesy potatoes.  I might have it along with some steamed green beans or California-blend veggies.

Here’s the super-simple recipe:

Add a center-cut, boneless pork roast to your slow cooker.  Chunk up two onions.  Add to cooker.  Sprinkle all with 4-5 shakes of Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute.  Add a big pinch of freshly-ground pepper.  Add one cup of water to the cooker.  Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or until meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit (as recommended by the USDA).

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