Crockpot Chicken and White Bean Chili

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This is a nice change from a heavier, spicier beef chili. I like this dish a little more on the soupy side. If you like a thicker chili, add less chicken broth and definitely add the masa harina to help thicken. Serve the Crockpot Chicken and White Bean Chili with cornbread or fresh tortillas.

I think this could easily be made into a crockpot freezer meal. Add all of the ingredients except for the canned beans and masa harina to a gallon-sized freezer bag. Freeze flat. You could make several at one time and have them on hand for easy crockpot meals. The day before cooking, place the frozen bag in the refrigerator to defrost. Place the defrosted contents of the bag in the crockpot with the drained canned white beans and cook 6 – 8 hours on low or 3 – 4 hours on high. Stir in the masa harina/water slurry 30 minutes before serving.

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Crockpot Chicken and White Bean Chili

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 large breasts)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne (or to taste)
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, stems and seeds removed and finely chopped
1 4 ounce can roasted chopped green chiles, drained (or the equivalent of chiles you roasted yourself)
2 15.5 ounce cans white beans (Great Northern, Cannellini, Navy), drained
1 cup frozen corn
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons Masa Harina mixed with enough water to make a slurry

Possible toppings:
fresh cilantro, chopped
cheese, shredded (Monterrey jack, pepper jack are great options)
avocado, sliced
lime wedges
serranos, sliced

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot. Sprinkle the cumin, coriander, paprika, Mexican oregano, cayenne, and salt over the chicken. Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, jalapenos, roasted chiles, white beans, corn, and chicken broth. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or on high 3 -4 hours.

30 minutes before serving, remove the chicken breasts and shred with a fork. Return the shredded chicken to the crockpot. Stir in the masa harina/water slurry and continue to cook 30 minutes until the chili is thickened.

Serve and let each person customize their toppings.


Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

I haven’t had much luck with black bean dips until now. This one is excellent. I served it at a small get-together recently and it disappeared quickly. I think the recipe can be easily doubled, if need be. I adapted this recipe from one for Black Bean Hummus with Queso Fresco found in the April 2015 issue of Cooking Light.

Black Bean Dip

For the dip:
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained (set aside about a tablespoon of the black beans for topping)
3 tablespoons water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings:
goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 tablespoon)
red onion, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1/2 tablespoon)

Serve with:
tortilla chips  (or pita chips)
fresh crudités (carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc…)

Process all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Transfer the dip to a serving dish and top with the reserved whole black beans, crumbled goat cheese, chopped red onion, and fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips and/or fresh crudités.

 


Crockpot Black Bean and Barley Chili with Mushrooms and Kale

Crockpot Black Bean and Barley Chili with Mushrooms and Kale

I’m catching up on some blogging.  I have dozens of half-written blog posts that are just waiting to be finished and published. In addition, I have several recipes written on scraps of paper that need to be typed up and hundreds of food picture that need to be sorted and edited. I’m not short on content, just time.  I love blogging about what I am cooking, though. I love that I have created my own digital cookbook and I am happy I can share it.

This is a little something I cooked up this past winter. With this chili, I set out to make one thing and ended up with something totally different. That is not necessarily a bad thing. I ended up with a nutritious and hearty vegan chili that tasted great. I was happy with the results.

Crockpot Black Bean and Barley Chili with Mushrooms and Kale

1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained
1/2 cup barley
4 cups vegetable broth (I used 4 cups water and 2 Knorr Vegetable Bouillon cubes)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper, to taste (I used 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
4 cups kale, chopped

Add all the ingredients to the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.


Collards and Chickpeas Soup with Sausage

Collards and Chickpeas Soup with Sausage

We are three weeks into the new CSA season and I’m so happy to be getting the box of fresh produce each week again. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to blog about what I’ve been cooking with the wonderful vegetables (and strawberries) from Pinckney’s Produce.

For lunch today, I made this easy Portuguese-inspired soup using collards from my CSA box. The simple combination of ingredients made for a very flavorful soup.

Collards and Chickpeas Soup with Sausage

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 large potatoes (Russet are good), peeled and diced
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained
8 cups chicken broth
1 bunch collards, center stem removed and then thinly sliced
8 ounces fully cooked sausage link, sliced (I used Eckrich Smoked Sausage)
1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
salt and black pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until tender. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more. Add the remaining ingredients, increase the heat, and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.


Carrot Hummus

Carrot Hummus

I let my 5 year old pull the remainder of the carrots in the garden to make room for something else. I decided to use them to make carrot hummus. My carrots were lighter orange than the ones you typically find in a grocery store. My hummus is not as vibrant of an orange color as I assume using more deeply colored carrots would produce.  No matter, the overall result is a tasty variation of hummus and would be a colorful addition to any table of food.

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I adapted this recipe from one found in the April 2015 issue of Cooking Light. This issue has 7 variations of hummus and they all look interesting.

Carrot Hummus

1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
shredded carrots
sliced almonds (optional)
paprika

Place the chopped carrots in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until the carrots are very tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Save the water to add to the hummus.

In a food processor, add the chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, cumin, and cooked carrots. Add about 3 tablespoons of the water the carrots cooked in and process, stopping to scrape down the sides from time to time, until smooth. This may take up to 5 minutes. Spread carrot hummus in the serving dish and top with shredded carrots and sliced almonds (if using). Sprinkle with paprika.


Crockpot Vegetarian Bean Chili with Peppers and Corn

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It has been so hot and humid in South Carolina lately. Who wants to cook on days like this? Crockpot cooking is perfect for hot days. It doesn’t heat up the house and leaves you plenty of time for summer fun.

We have been eating more vegetarian meals lately. Grocery prices have gone up so much that there’s not much room for meat in the budget. Grocery prices are ridiculous! The price of cheese alone has gone up 20% in just the past two weeks. What is going on? Everything is going up but the paycheck, so budget meals are a necessity. This meal is budget-friendly. Beans are cheap. I am able to get cans of beans at Aldi for 59 cents each. Dried beans are cheaper, but canned beans are so convenient. Paired with chiles from the farmers’ market and my garden, this chili is relatively inexpensive as well as nutritious.

This chili is even better the next day. Do you know what I did with the leftover chili? I made Frito pie (Fritos topped with chili and cheese) with it. So good.

Crockpot Vegetarian Bean Chili with Peppers and Corn

1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cubanelle pepper, seeded and chopped
1 – 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 15.5 ounce can cannellini  beans, drained
1/2 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
1/2 – 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine all the ingredients except the cilantro in the crockpot and cook on low 6 to 8 hours (or on high for 3 to 4 hours). Right before serving, stir in the cilantro.


Mixed Greens Enchiladas

Mixed Greens Enchiladas

I’ve been trying to think of interesting ways to use the variety of greens I’ve been getting in my CSA boxes lately. I woke up this morning with the idea to make enchiladas. Originally, I was just going to use collards, but I had a little bit of rutabaga greens left from last week and decided to use those in the enchilada filling as well. The enchiladas turned out better than expected. So good. I’m thinking any type of greens (collards, turnip, mustard, Swiss chard, rutabaga, spinach, etc…) could work in these. I can’t wait to make them again.

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Mixed Greens Enchiladas

6 cups fresh greens, washed well, stems and ribs removed, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 zucchini, diced small
1 cup frozen corn
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
corn tortillas
shredded cheese (Monterey jack, cheddar, or mozzarella)

3 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 cups water
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the thinly sliced greens and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the greens well in a colander and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until tender. Add the minced garlic and jalapeno and sauté another minute. Add the zucchini and cook until crisp tender, about 5 minutes. Add the corn and black bean and cook until heated through. Add the reserved drained greens and stir to combine. If there is liquid in the pan, continue to cook until the liquid is gone, otherwise, reduce heat to low and keep filling warm until ready to use.

To make the enchilada sauce, heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and chili powder and whisk to form a paste. Mix in the cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Gradually whisk in the 2 cups of water. Let the mixture come to a boil, whisking often. It will thicken slightly. Add the can of tomato sauce and check for seasonings. Reduce the heat to low and keep the enchilada sauce warm until ready for use.

To assemble enchiladas, start by putting a little of the sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish (I  use two smaller casserole dishes, but you can use a large Pyrex baking dish). Working with 3 or 4 corn tortillas at a time, wrap them in damp paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Place a little of the filling (about 3 tablespoons) on the tortilla and top with cheese (about 1 tablespoon). Roll the tortilla around the filling and place in the prepared casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat process until all the filling is used. I got a total of 16 enchiladas, but the amount may vary depending on how much filling there is and how much is used in each enchilada. Once all the enchiladas are filled and placed in their baking dish, pour the warm enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese and bake, uncovered for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

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