Crock-Pot Chili

I love my crock pot. To be honest,  I love all THREE of my crock pots. I used to think that was too many, but there have been multiple occasions that I have used all three at once. I have a mini, medium, and large.  My large one is the one I use most often due to the size of many of my recipes. One of my favorite recipes is chili; especially this time of year.

IngredientRecipeHealthyChiliMost of the ingredients I used are in the picture above, but some I do interchange out. Below is the general recipe I follow, which frequently results in requests for seconds.

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West African Stew

I love Sunday afternoon/evenings in the fall when I get to do two things. Cook and watch football. I prep for the week by both relaxing and watching one of my favorite sports and prepping for the week by cooking. Today I decided to make one of my favorites and modify it a bit. It is called West African Stew. I’m not entirely sure where I got the recipe from, but since I first made it I continue to modify it. And it is super easy to make! You pretty much just throw it all in a pot and let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

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Today thought I added the apple chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s which was definitely delicious! If you choose not to use it the dish will be vegetarian, but definitely still filling. If you do choose to add meat make sure you cook it first and dice it up before you put everything else in the pot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carton of chicken broth (the box kind)
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 small zucchinis diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1 can of tomatoes drained
  • 1 can of chickpeas drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 of a red pepper diced
  • 1/2 of a green pepper diced (or yellow)
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 4 small sweet potatoes peeled and diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1-2 teaspoons of red cayenne pepper (depending on level of spicyness)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour (add this at the end for thickening and add slowly so that you don’t overdue it)
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Chicken Apple Sausage (optional)

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a large pot except meat and rice flour and boil for 10 minutes then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes put the meat in and simmer for 10 more minutes. As long as your potatoes are soft at this point then add the brown rice flour for thickening and simmer for 5-10 more minutes.

Serving: If you so choose you can add rice, couscous, or quinoa for it to be served over but it can also be eaten plain. Serve it up and enjoy!!

Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies

I love zucchini brownies… love them.  So I decided to make them last weekend, but since my roomie is gluten free I was a little adventurous.  I started with this recipe is a base and modified it from there. They were delicious and I will definitely be making these brownies again!frameShareFile (1)

Of course, I’m terrible and measuring and writing down my changes, but below is an approximation of what I think will work. When in doubt, add more chocolate chips, right? And serve with a cold scoop of your favorite ice cream.

Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil ( I use Smart Balance)
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract (I use the kind from the Dominican Republic so it is extra strong)
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed really well to remove moisture
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and spray an 8" by 8" glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, brown rice flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat together oil, sugar and vanilla. Stir in zucchini, water and applesauce.
  4. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined (a few lumps are ok).
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and tap the dish on the counter a few times (not too hard!) and sprinkle the top with chocolate chips.
  6. Place in the oven and bake 45-55 minutes, or until middle is cooked thoroughly. Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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