Curried Salmon Rice Bowl

I have been experimenting with a lot of Indian style food recently . You’ve all seen some of my favorites so far. This one was so delicious and I just love the curry flavor. Obviously not everyone is into the curry flavor but if you are and are looking for something new and fairly easy to make — this one’s for you.

I did it over rice and you can use any type of rice you like or any grain would also be pretty delicious. I also use Spicy Curry which isn’t so spicy but I like it a lot. You can use any curry powder you’d like. The chick peas added a delicious layer of flavor and we love cilantro but feel free to omit if you don’t like.

This would be most perfect served with some warm Naan Bread as well but we didn’t have any in the house so we passed on that. This recipe is for 4 people and honestly the prep was quick and cooking time was about 1/2 hour all in. I cut whole recipe in 1/2 for the two of us and had a little salmon left over which I ate cold for lunch the next day and it was outstanding.

Enjoy! and please let me know how this comes out if you try it and like it. By the way Joel ate his whole bowl and didn’t even pick out the chickpeas which sort of amazed me.

Ingredients:

Salmon Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. Salmon — I had a little leftover and ate it for lunch the next day so add a little extra salmon

2 Tbsp. Curry Powder — I used Spicy Curry Powder but any Curry Powder will do

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Sauce and Rice Bowls:

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 yellow onion thinly sliced

1 bell pepper ( I used red but any color will do)

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons freshly chopped ginger

Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons Curry Powder

1 14oz. can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 14 oz. can full fat coconut milk

1 lime, juiced

1 handful chopped fresh cilantro if you like

Steamed White Rice or Brown Rice or Jasmine or any grain you’d prefer

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil or just spray with cooking spray.

Place one of the oven racks as close to the top as possible – about 6 ” from the heat source

Place the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Combine the curry powder and olive oil to make a paste. Rub the paste liberally over the top part of the salmon. Bake for about 10 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon ( maybe a little more or less). When cooked remove from the oven and set aside. ( salmon will continue to cook a bit so don’t over cook)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it’s hot add in the sliced onions and chopped bell pepper and cook until softened — about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and ginger and season with some kosher salt and coarse black pepper. Add in the Curry Powder as well ( 2 Tablespoons) Cook for a few minutes. Stir in the drained , rinsed chickpeas and the coconut milk and lime juice. Stir and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh cilantro if you’re using.

I flaked pieces of the salmon and put over the rice and spooned the curry sauce over it — so delicious.

Turkey Meatloaf

 

We haven’t had turkey meat loaf in a very long time and it is a perfect crowd pleaser for the family table. Perfect for a large family gathering or just the two of you with great left-overs. I love the down home flavor of meatloaf and this one is just delicious. 

I cut the recipe in 1/2 for the 2 of us using 2 lbs. of Ground Turkey and 2 eggs and cut everything else in 1/2. I still have enough leftovers the next day and it’s just enough. If you’re making for 4 or more go with the full recipe. I served with roasted (burnt brussels sprouts and roasted red potatoes) and if you do make the whole recipe you can easily freeze the leftover for another night.

Enjoy!

*you will need a meat thermometer to check for doneness

Ingredients:

5 lbs ground turkey— I prefer chopped dark meat as it has a little fat and a lot less dry than white meat turkey. You can find 85% lean which is fine . It’s sometimes hard to find dark meat ground turkey so when I find it I buy it. It just makes for a tastier meat loaf. You can mix dark meat and white meat.

3 cups chopped yellow onions ( app. 2 large onions)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce

3/4 cup chicken stock

1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste

1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs

3 extra-large eggs, beaten

3/4 cup ketchup/1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a medium saute pan (frying pan) , over a medium low heat, cook the onions in the olive oil, add salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent app. 10 minutes or so. Don’t brown them. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow this mixture to cool in frying pan off the heat to room temperature.

In the meantime, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, and eggs in a large bowl and mix well. Then add in the onion mixture when it’s cooled down and incorporate well. Shape into a rectangular loaf on a lightly sprayed sheet pan. When you shape as a loaf , try to make the ends even with the middle or they will dry out. ( I kind of like the ends like that but just saying…) Spread the ketchup/brown sugar evenly on top. Bake for app. 1 1/2 hours  until the internal temperature of meatloaf is 160 degrees and the meatloaf is cooked through. Once meatloaf comes out of the oven let it sit for about 5 minutes. 

Serve hot, at room temperature and delicious cold the next day.

Bowtie Pasta with Sausage, Peas, and Mushrooms

This is one of my “oldies but goodies” if you’ve been following my blog you most likely have seen this recipe or made this recipe. It is a sauce-less pasta and a perfect week-night staple. One of our very favorite go to dinners.  Very light, very tasty, and very easy to make. There aren’t a lot of ingredients, and it doesn’t take a long time to make. My husband, Joel, hates green things and loves this dish. And he even eats all the peas on his plate, which makes me very happy. A shout out to Giada de Laurentis for the inspiration here.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup olive oil

1 lb turkey sausages, casings removed (just squeeze all the meat out; I like Italian-style turkey sausage) or chicken sausage works perfectly.

1 box of cremini mushrooms (Baby Bella), approx. 10 oz. (roughly chopped) I actually used 2 small  8 oz. boxes because I had them ( not an exact science)

About 3/4 bag frozen peas (take them out of freezer about an hour before, just slightly thawed is perfect)

1 box Farfalle pasta (bow ties) or any pasta you like , bowties are perfect  (1 lb.)

Salt and pepper, to taste — adjust to your own taste , you can do at the very end but I usually add with mushrooms and then check at end

Freshly grated parmesan, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

In a large, sauté pan, heat up two tablespoons olive oil (medium to high flame). Add the broken up turkey sausage and make sure to break up the large clumps. Cook for about 10 minutes (I like the sausage browned). When finished cooking, remove sausage from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Heat a little more olive oil (approx. 2 TBSP). Add the chopped up cremini mushrooms and kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (approx. a little less than a teaspoon of each, depending on your taste. Keep in mind that sausage is naturally salty.) Sauté until all the liquid is gone—about another 10 minutes. Add the frozen peas and cook for a few minutes. Return the sausage to the pan and cook for another few minutes (I turn off the heat at this point and just let the flavors blend.)

In the meantime, cook pasta (according to package) al dente. Drain the pasta, reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking water from pasta (this is the trick with “sauceless pasta”) and add pasta to the pan with all other ingredients. Combine well, adding some of that pasta water at a time; as needed. Drizzle in the 1/2 cup of olive oil, mixing as you go. Taste for salt and pepper. I also add red pepper flakes, but I love spicy.

Serve with freshly grated parm cheese and you’re good to go.

*Serves 4 as a main dish and 8 as a side.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Mustard and Balsamic

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Chicken in Marinade for 1/2 hour

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Chicken finished cooking

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plated chicken

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Lemon and chopped Rosemary

IMG_7545 I made this for dinner the other night and I have to say it was very delicious. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, of course you can use any cut of chicken you’d like.  All I needed was the chicken and the fresh rosemary.  I had all the other ingredients on hand. You will need to marinate for about 1/2 hour and cooking time is about an hour, no need to marinate over night which is part of what I loved about this recipe.  Balsamic Vinegar and Dijon Mustard and a few other easily obtainable ingredients make this a no fuss recipe.  This recipe is for 8 boneless skinless thighs but feel free to double it up, I used about 10 thighs . It would be perfect on the grill as well. I used my oven and I have to say we both loved this recipe.

The chicken would also be wonderful on day 2 as a leftover in a salad!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

8 boneless chicken thighs or 1 package of thighs about 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. you can double recipe but you probably don’t need to double olive oil — maybe 3/4 cup for double but double down on everything else if you’re doubling

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard ( make it heaping)

1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar

1/4  cup of Olive Oil 

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice ( I average lemon)

2 Tbsp. Fresh Rosemary chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

app.  1/4 tsp. of kosher salt, I just sprinkled lightly over the chicken and about 6 grinds on the pepper mill. If you’re doubling recipe you will obviously need more salt and pepper

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the mustard, vinegar, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. Slowly add in the olive oil with the mixture while you whisk–to emulsify.

Place the chicken in a container or Pyrex  (don’t use metal). I sprinkled about 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt over the chicken tops.  Pour the marinade over the chicken and mix around so chicken gets a good covering on all sides.  I left it out for 1/2 hour and let it marinate, you can refrigerate it.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Transfer the chicken to a sprayed ( cooking spray ) baking dish and empty any remaining sauce on top of it.

Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes  or until the chicken is cooked through. It got a nice crust without drying out the chicken after one hour. If you’d like for maybe 2 minutes you can put under the broiler but watch it carefully so it doesn’t char too much, I do this sometimes if it doesn’t have a nice crust from baking it.  Depending on your oven and the size of your chicken 1 hour should do it. If you’re working with breasts you’ll have to cut into chicken after 50 minutes to check for doneness depending on the size of your breasts. Haven’t tried it on the grill yet but I can’t imagine this would be anything but delicious, just don’t burn it up!!!!!

Once cooked I spooned a little cooked marinade over the chicken and rice! and served with burnt brussels this time out or any vegetable will do.

Yummy!

Tik Tok Pasta

This recipe has hit the internet and gone viral to the point that you can’t find a block of feta in the market. The reaction has been crazy. There are many versions of this recipe and I chose to go with Melissa Clark’s version because I think she’s just one of the best chefs out there and hers was the one pot version which is always a win win in my book. It couldn’t possibly be easier to make and ingredients are usually readily available, I had to hit 3 stores to find the feta ! Assuming you can get the feta this is a wonderful recipe and Joel gave it a 10. Perfectly vegetarian and perfectly yummy.

It is probably one of the richest pastas ever but the flavors were amazing. You will be using the pasta dry so no need to cook that separately .

Enjoy and Thanks to Melissa Clark @nytimescooking

Ingredients:

1 8 oz. block of feta cheese

2 pints cherry tomatoes (leave whole)

5 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole — use 5 nice size cloves or a few more if small

Fresh Rosemary and Thyme– I used a few sprigs of thyme and a few sprigs of Rosemary — the Rosemary I removed from the stem the thyme I used sprigs. These are pretty strong herbs so you don’t want to use too much. Just enough to give it that wonderful flavor ( see photos) 12 ounces dried pasta–I used Orecchiette but any type of pasta will do — Farfalle pasta would also be perfect

Olive Oil– see Directions

3 cups boiling water

Kosher Salt — app. 1 teaspoon

*Crushed Red Pepper

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees

I sprayed a large baking dish with cooking spray first, then place feta, tomatoes, garlic and herbs in baking dish and I drizzled olive oil over cheese and tomatoes — just enough to lightly glaze the tomatoes and a little on the feta itself ( see photo)

Bake for 40 minutes till tomatoes and feta break down.

After 40 minutes, I removed from the oven and very carefully added the box of pasta , boiling water, teaspoon salt, and a few pinches of crushed red pepper* which of course is optional. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and return to oven for 18 minutes.

Remove from oven after 18 minutes, stir, then cover again and let sit for at least 10 minutes. I probably let it sit for 20 minutes because some of my pasta was still very hard. By the end of the 20 minutes it was perfect al dente and I mean perfect. It could be that I am at altitude so after 10 minutes check for the doneness of the pasta it should be al dente ( have some bite ) Also be careful of eating the whole garlic cloves unless you want to .

Served with a green salad and it got a 10 from Joel.

Stuffed Peppers– Italian Style

For something a little different I put together this recipe. It wasn’t difficult at all and looked rather lovely on the plate when finished. You really don’t need much accompaniment to these lovely peppers as there is rice in them and the pepper is your veggie. We had a green salad on the side which rounded out this meal perfectly.

I just love this recipe which was so delicious and nutritious loaded with seasoned ground beef, rice and tomatoes. I finished them off with mozzarella cheese and baked until perfectly tender.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup white rice — yes you can use brown I just used white

Kosher Salt and Coarse Ground Black Pepper

6 Bell Peppers , use any color you like –use medium to large sized and check that they will be able to sit up straight in pan

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 lb. ground beef — use lean or 80/20 and an option here is to used ground turkey ( 85-90% lean) ground chicken will probably be too dry. I myself like the ground beef flavor but that being said I am sure turkey would be just fine , just don’t use the lean kind and if you can get ground dark meat that is most preferable

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped app. 1 cup

3 garlic cloves minced, app. 1 Tbsp.

1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

2 tsp. Italian Seasoning

app. 1 cup shredded Mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook rice according to package directions

Trim about 1/4 inch from tops of bell peppers and then remove stems, ribs and seeds. Fill a baking dish large enought to fit peppers with about 1/2 ” of water

Place Peppers upside down in water, cover with foil and bake for about 20 mins.

In a large skillet ( if not non-stick spray with cooking spray) over medium high heat. Add onion and saute till translucent and very soft app 4-5 minutes. Move onions to one side of the skillet and add beef season with some Salt and Pepper and let it sear until browned and then start to move it around so it cooks on both sides — app. 4-5 mins. Breaking up the beef and stir the onions in and continue to cook for a few mins. ,add the garlic and continue to cook until beef is cooked through , about another few minutes. Remove from heat and if there is any fat you can drain at this point.

Stir in the tomatoes ( drained), half of the can of tomato sauce ( 1/2 cup) app. cooked rice, Italian Seasoning, and season to taste with Salt and Pepper

Remove peppers from the oven and turn oven down to 350 degrees. Turn peppers upright, sprinkle inside lightly with some salt and fill with beef filling. Pour a little tomato sauce over the top of peppers. Cover with foil and continue to bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven after 20 minutes, sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella, return to oven and bake uncovered until cheese is melted and peppers will have reached the desired tenderness, about 10 – 20 more minutes. Serve warm

Sexy and Sassy Shrimp for Valentines Day – Fra Diavolo

photo (3) photo (5)photo (2)OK it’s Valentines Day and that’s the reason for the sexy, and the reason it’s sassy is because this shrimp packs some heat known as Fra Diavolo sauce. What a perfect meal for Valentines Day and it’s red!!! this was so delicious and light. I highly recommend it and it really was an easy dish to make. I would say it’s downright easy to make.  I made it with Bucatini pasta, which is a thick ropey spaghetti, you can use whatever type of spaghetti you prefer or none at all. I would say that this whole dish start to finish took 1/2 hour. That’s so perfect. Buy your shrimp peeled and deveined which will save you time. Happy Valentines Day!

*don’t leave out the fresh herbs, they kick it up a notch

Ingredients:

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon of kosher salt , plus more as needed

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 (14 oz. can) diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

1 cup dry white wine

3 garlic cloves , chopped

1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, I didn’t think this was too spicy ,  you’ll have to adjust to your own taste buds. I actually thought 1 teaspoon was pretty mild, next time I will add more, but we like it spicy.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley leaves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

In a medium bowl toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for a few minutes, toss around a bit and continue cooking until shrimp is just cooked through. ( you’ll want it pink and slightly curled up)

Remove shrimp to a bowl, set aside.

In the same skillet add 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add onions and saute until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the can of tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano.  Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken up, about 15 minutes. If sauce sits for a while it may loose some of its liquid , you can just add a little bit of water at a time to get sauce where you’d like it, but just a little at a time.  When you’re ready to serve, add the shrimp back into simmering sauce with any juices that they may have accumulated, toss to coat the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes . You can cut into a shrimp to make sure it’s cooked , it should be opaque not translucent. Stir in the parsley and basil. Taste for salt, and serve.

*prepare pasta according to directions and serve shrimp and sauce right on top.

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

In a long line of dinners it’s tough to come up with new and different ideas for dinner but this was what I made last night and it’s a big thumbs up for a little Un-orthodox chicken parmesan but really delicious! I would describe it as a de-constructed version of Chicken Parmesan with no frying ( which is the part I hate the most ) . Yesterday I took out a package of thin sliced chicken breasts from the freezer and at around 5 p.m. started to think about what I would do with them. At 6 I started my prep and we sat down to this delicious dinner at 6:45 ! Quick and easy one pan recipe that went from stove-top to oven to table in app. 1/2 hour. You can’t beat that.

I usually have home-made tomato sauce in the freezer but since there was no planning on my part I used Raos Arrabiata Sauce which I love and always have on hand. ( their Marinara is also a house staple) I used regular Panko Bread Crumbs because I didn’t have the Italian flavored ones in the house ( and it was perfect) For Pasta I used whatever I had in the house and felt like having , spaghetti would be perfect or any macaroni type. I used Penne this time but any pasta will do or no pasta if you prefer. A vegetable would be fine here as well. We had a green salad and the chicken and we were both pretty happy with the results.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

I used about 1/2 a box of pasta for the 2 of us — for more use the whole box –any type pasta you prefer will work

1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning — always have this on hand for my sauce– available in almost all spice aisles in the supermarket

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon coarse black pepper or freshly ground

1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs — I used regular Panko and it was just fine . Italian style would work here as well

1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

You’ll need 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil to cook chicken and 1 Tablespoon for bread crumbs

1 package of thin-sliced boneless , skinless chicken breasts

12 ounce jar of Marinara or Arrabiata Sauce — I prefer Raos — any one you like or use your own

App. 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella — that’s what I had in the house of course you can use fresh or sliced Mozzarella as well

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees

Prepare Pasta according to directions while you’re prepping the chicken

In a very small bowl combine the salt, pepper and Italian Seasonings and set aside

In a small bowl, combine the Panko, Parmesan Cheese and 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil and mix well and set aside

Coat the bottom of a large deep oven-proof skillet with about 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil ( if you need more add a little more) Heat oil over medium high heat . I placed chicken in pan and sprinkled with some of the spice mixture cooked for 3 mins. on 1 side and then flipped and sprinkled more spice mixture to the other side. You can also do this first — sprinkle one side place that side down and then sprinkle the other raw side . Up to you whatever works.

After another 3 minutes — you want chicken browned but not over cooked — these are thin breasts. Turn off heat and then pour the sauce in the pan around the chicken and a little on the top of each piece. Top each piece with mozzarella and sprinkle the panko mixture over the top.

Transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven and bake un-covered for about 10 minutes but all ovens are different so keep an eye out. You’ll want cheese melted and Panko topping is browned. Serve over cooked pasta and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Being I am so much more of a morning person than a night person I love to cook in the morning, not elaborate breakfasts mind you but Dinner. I prep , chop and set up my slow cooker and it’s all in by 8 a.m. I cooked this on low for 8 hours and then on high for 2. You can do it on high for 6-8 as well. Almost fool-proof and you’ll love the benefits. When you enter your home at the end of the day your house will smell amazing, your dinner will be almost ready and you’ll have one pot to clean after dinner! Wow! Now of course you’ll have a bit of a mess in the morning but that’s OK because you’ll have more energy in the morning . Shop ahead and have all your ingredients ready and you’re set . I love slow cooker meals. Perfect week-night meal and you can freeze left over just add a little beef broth when you heat it up. ( as needed)

This is what I did:

Ingredients:

2 lbs. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 inch cubes — the butcher usually has this meat already cut up. You can add an extra lb. of meat if you have more people.

5 medium size carrots, sliced into chunks

1 lb. baby potatoes — they come in a bag and are perfect just the way they are. Of course you can cut up larger potatoes if you wish.

1 small white onion–diced

3 cloves garlic–minced

3 cups Beef Broth

2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp. Italian Seasonings–dry and available in most spice sections

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/4 cup Flour

2 cups Frozen Peas– I used frozen peas you can also add frozen corn if you like or use both.

Directions:

Take out the meat and dry it off with a paper towel. Sprinkle liberally with Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper on all sides. Heat a skillet with a little olive oil and sear on each side for a few minutes just to get a crust on the meat. You will not be cooking the meat just searing.

I spray my slow-cooker with cooking spray (Pam) and then add the meat, the carrots, potatoes, onion and garlic.

Add the beef broth , tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and I added about a 1/2 tsp. of Kosher Salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill (6) . You can taste at some point and always add more.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours or High for 6-8 hours. An hour before serving, I take out about a cup of gravy from the beef stew and whisk with 1/4 cup flour. Then stir into the stew along with the frozen peas. Stir and taste for S and P at this point.

I let it cook on high for 2 more hours. You should let it cook for at least 1 more hour after the addition of the flour. The flour will thicken the gravy, so you’ll want to cook for at least 1 more hour on high setting.

Enjoy! a loaf of crusty bread would be in order on the side.

If you don’t want potatoes you can cook up some broad egg noodles which would also be delicious or just omit the carbs all together . Do whatever you like with this recipe it’s very adaptable.

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White Bean Chicken Chili

Delicious chili recipe made with rotisserie chicken . It’s hearty and healthy and yummy. And did I mention fast? Yes comes together from start to finish in about an hour with a store bought chicken and a few delicious ingredients. Perfect for superbowl.

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Ingredients:

2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained

4 cups Chicken Broth, you’ll be using 1 cup with beans and the other 3 cups in the broth

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1 jalapeno pepper. seeded and diced

2 poblano peppers, seeded and diced — if you like it spicy keep some of the seeds

4 minced garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon chili powder

Kosher Salt — app. 1 teaspoon and then more to taste

1 Rotisserie Chicken, skin removed and shredded

1 cup frozen corn

juice of 1 lime plus more to taste

*1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro if you like it

For Serving:

sour cream — crushed tortilla chips–Shredded Cheddar or Pepper Jack or Mexican Blend Cheese

Directions:

In a food processor, blend 1 can of the white beans with 1 cup of the chicken broth. Set aside both the beans and the remaining drained whole beans.

Add the oil to a large pot or Dutch Oven ( Le Creuset) and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion, jalapeno pepper and poblano peppers and cook, stirring frequently until softened.

Add the garlic and cook down for another minute or so.

Add the cumin, coriander and chili powder and continue to cook stirring frequently .

Add the chicken broth, pureed beans and start with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low, and simmer uncovered for about 1/2 hour.

Then stir in the shredded chicken, other can of whole beans ( drained and rinsed) corn and lime juice.

Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Add in the cilantro if you’re using it.

Broth should be a little soupy. It will thicken as it sits. The longer it sits the thicker it will get.

Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with sour cream , cheese, crushed chips and if you like lime wedges.

*the chili will thicken as it sits or if you freeze or refrigerate. You can thin it out with a little water or broth.

This is also perfect to freeze for 3 months. Re-heat on the stove top until hot and it would also be most perfect with some cornbread or cornbread muffins.