Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meatless Chili Break

I realize that we left off last time regarding how to build a business and we
were going to use reader's ideas- The Pollinatrix (Polly) being next.

But Entrepreneur Chick would be amiss if she did not tell you about how yummy,
healthy, and easy this chili is
and how delightful on a cold, rainy, winter night!

Let me be honest first, about one drawback.
Did you think anything to do with a dead cow escaped EC's husband for one minute when the shopping list was placed in his meatloving hands?

Oh no.
He asks, "Hey. Where's the meat for this?"
"There's no meat."
"It's meatless."
"No meat. Meatless. You use beans."
"Well, what's the point of that?"

I compromised and let him put his meat on the side, only it wasn't so much "on the side" as I noticed he filled up half of his whole bowl and then
added the chili.

I give up.

Nonetheless, you guys enjoy this, especially tomorrow as
January 25th is supposedly "the most depressing day" on the calendar.

Three Bean Chili

• 1 can dark red kidney beans

• 1 can black beans

• 1 can Great Northern or cannelini beans

• 1 can diced tomatoes

• ½ cup frozen corn (optional) I didn't use this.

• 1 Tblsp. chili powder

• 1 tsp. onion powder (I used a half of a real onion.)

• 1 tsp. garlic powder (I used a clove of real garlic, minced.)

• ¾ tsp. cinnamon* (Oops. Forgot.)

• ½ tsp. black pepper

• salt to taste

• Hot sauce to taste (I like Louisiana Hot Sauce)


Add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring up to a simmer, and cook covered for about 20 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.

We garnished with shredded cheese and rats! I had sour cream just sitting there
in the fridge but forgot that too.
Next time!

(Also, I doubled the recipe as we have two family members staying with us and it served four with one serving left over.)

What's your favorite cold, rainy, (snowy) winter's night meal?

P.S. If the chili wasn't enough to cheer you up, Postman has some wonderful cocktail recipes.


  1. My favorite winter meal is the chili that I make. But it does have meat in it. I've tried the vegetarian thing and just can't do it.

    Your chili looks lovely! And I'm so glad to see you used real onion and garlic instead of powder (ugh!)

    Who says Jan. 25th is the most depressing day? I've never heard that before, but if it was anything like today, I believe it.

  2. Dang, this sounds good! We've been on a vegetarian chili kick lately 'cause Dad's gotta watch his cholesterol now. Oh, and I like Louisiana Hot Sauce, too. I eat it on tortilla chips, slices of cheese...lots of stuff.

    Hmmm...I think my favorite winter meal is probably Dad's beef stew. Dynamite, especially if you add in a little country gravy mix...

    You getting some of my storms, Polly?

  3. I'm here gettng caught up on my blog reading!!! And I'm glad I did, this looks yummy!

  4. My favorite in winter is veggie soup. I don't use tap water but a tasty kind of local mineral water. Whether it's a clear soup or a veggie soup I add to it several spoons of soya crunch. Hot, delicious, and healthy.

    Thanks for sharing your chili recipe.

  5. My favorite winter meal is Baked Tater soup! You would not have to double the recipe to feed your makes a ton!! :)

  6. Postie - We had the storms last Thursday and Friday. They closed the schools at noon on Thursday, which meant I didn't go teach my first class of the semester. It snowed all day Friday. I'm glad it's over. Snow Days bog everything down. I usually have the house to myself on Fridays to work and play in solitude; now I'm off-balance for not having had that.

  7. My wife was vegetarian for the first 10 years or so we were together (and several years before that). And she's heading that way again.

    Consequently, vegtarian food has always been a large part of our diet. Even when she was eating meat, it wasn't something we ate a great deal of.

    But Maggie is a superb cook, and with all the incredible variety of tastes, colours and textures that vegetables come in, most of the time meat is completely unnecessary - it really doesn't add anything to the dish.

  8. Polly,

    I'm sure anything you'd make would be wonderful.

    Was the weather bad or did you have a bad day? I hope it was just the weather.

  9. Postie,

    M'bad. I called you "Postman". I wanted to tell both you and Polly that that same storm system that Postie's had and Polly either has gotten or will get, (how's that for sentence structure, you writer guys?) is headed down to Texas.

    We should have very cold temps, by Thursday and perhaps a "wintry mix" but really, a wintry mix is just a way for the local stations to acquire more freaked out viewers.

  10. Julie,

    Always great to see you.

    Please let me know how you like it. :)

  11. DUTA,

    Your soup sounds delicious! I could certainly use a bowl right now.

  12. "A",

    I do want to make that!

    I hate to say it, but aren't you kind of glad the Cowboys lost? I'm so sick of 'em.

    Did you go around saying, "Tony ... the-thing-U-say?"

  13. Kim,

    Would it be possible for me to ship you guys one husband over for about three weeks?

    I think you and Maggie could set him straight.

    I am not a wonderful cook but I am truly trying. I can't even believe it.

    I made peanut butter cookies on Sunday.

    Good. LORD. Do you know how much butter is in peanut butter cookies?

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  15. Typically Men! ;)
    But the Recipes sounds very good!

    I like to eat turkish Sarma & turkish Mantı, both in a vegeterian variant though!