4.18.2012

WIAW (4) & White Bean Chicken Chili

What I noticed when I looked back on my last month of posts, is that April must be bean month over here. First, there was Stone Soup, then Hummus and now, White Bean Chicken Chili. I guess it goes without saying that I eat a lot of beans? (so much so that Lisa sent me this recipe, which I will be trying soon!) I do eat a lot of beans, because they are cheap and easy, last a while, you can make a big pot of them, they are good and they are an excellent source of protein. Since I eat little meat, I use beans as my main protein source.

I have made chili before and subbed chicken instead of beef, but this time I wanted to also ditch the tomatoes and see how it went. The results are in; it was fabulous. So here is the recipe. Note, I often toss in a "little of this, little of that" so try this, and if it needs something, feel free to throw a little of your spice to the mix!

White Bean Chicken Chili 

Ingredients:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp flour
- 4 cups chicken/veggie stock
- 12-16 oz chicken breast, cubed
- 2 cups dry beans -- I used Navy (1 1/2 cups) & Black Eyed Peas (1/2 cup) (Soak these for a couple of hours or overnight)
- 1/2 cup lentils  -- I used red ones (just for fun!)
- 1 Serrano pepper (the green one about the size of your index finger), minced
- 1 can or frozen bag of corn

A pinch or two each:
- cumin
- oregano
- fennel
- red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper

Put olive oil in pan. Sweat onions, celery and carrots for about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and chicken. Cook until chicken is done, about 10 minutes. Add flour, stir until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Add chicken stock.

Add remaining ingredients. Cook for about 2 hours, until beans are soft. Mixture should be slightly thick. Mine turned out Pretty. Darn. Spicy. I used the packets of red pepper flakes you get from a pizza place. 4 of them. But I like spice so it's all good. You may want to skip that part (and the Serrano) if you don't like things spicy! (idea for this recipe taken from here) **Makes approximately ten 3/4 cup servings. Each serving = 220 calories.

And now, What I ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. 

 Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ pumpkin & sesame seeds & strawberries / coffee x 3 / gummy vitamins

 Lunch: Quinoa pasta with broccoli, mushrooms and green beans
Snack: coconut water / brownie bite / orange / chocolate treat / celery w/ hummus / apple (not pictured)

 Dinner: White Bean Chicken Chili / beets / cottage cheese (straight from the tub; yes, that's how I roll) 

As you can see, I eat a lot of snacks! I guess I like single servings of...a little bit of everything! I don't normally eat that much chocolate, but since I made those brownie bites, I have to keep making sure they still taste good, right? I am totally giving them away tomorrow. For real. I have no self control!

Also, I added a RECIPE page so that everything will be in one place. It's just a baby right now, but given time, it will grow. Check it out if you feel like beans. Or baking.

What did you have for breakfast today? Do you eat a lot of snacks? What is your favorite bean?

10 comments:

  1. I'm a huge snacker. I don't like big meals but lots of little portions throughout the day. The white bean chili looks very good, saving the recipe!

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  2. Yum. I am totally making this recipe - I love all the ingredients and I love spicy foods so I will not be altering it! We've actually had chili weather here lately! I have been trying to come up with a recipe to try this Sunday - now I've got one! :)

    For breakfast, I had toast w/ peanut butter + banana. And coffee. I eat that or eggs (over easy) with toast pretty much every day.

    And yes, I do like to eat snacks. I eat alot of fruit, popcorn, and hummus + veggies for snacks! And pickles of course!!

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  3. This sounds amazing--I will definitely be making it! I love beans and especially bean soup!

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  4. A friend of mine suggested a kick-ass major protein breakfast. Add two raw eggs to instant oatmeal and add a little water. Put in microwave for a minute, take out to stir contents and put it back in for another 30 seconds. Then, add a scoop of peanut butter and a little syrup with nuts or fruit. Dude, she's not messing around! I tried the oatmeal and peanut butter portion of this recipe and it was actually really good. Mmmmmmm....

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  5. Your chili looks awesome! I love that you added lentils as well. Beans are definitely my main protein source, too. Or nuts. It's a toss up. :) Yay for adding a recipe page! Oh, and yes- I snack like crazy. I do a little better on wiaw days because I'm much more aware of what/when I eat, but not always.

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  6. I eat a lot of snacks. When I'm tracking my food, I find that my snack calories add up to about a whole meal worth of food spread out over the day.

    I had oatmeal for breakfast as I do 95% of the days.

    Love the chili. I'm low on my soup freezer stash, I'm going to put this one on my to-cook list.

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  7. That sounds delicious. I need to try this!

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  8. Love oatmeal. Favourite bean is red bean as in red beans and rice creole style. Your recipes look awful good.

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  9. Green monster smoothie for breakfast as usual. The chili sounds so yummy. I wonder how I could tweak it to vegetarian? I love pretty much any bean. My favorite it probably black beans.

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  10. The chili sounds great! I know my entire family would enjoy the recipe...thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it at home!

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