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Chilly? Chili!


Hurricane Sandy and her shitty attitude inspired me to make my favorite vegetarian Crock Pot chili for dinner Tuesday night. It has more canned ingredients than it does fresh, but it’s simple and delicious, and as my mom would say, “it sticks to your ribs!”

Here’s what you’ll need if you’d like to make the recipe my mom created:

about 1 C Boca burger crumbles
1/3 C diced vidalia onion
8.5 oz. can of whole kernel yellow corn
8 oz. can of tomato soup
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream and “sprinkly cheese,” if desired

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

I’m a big fan of the designated Healthy Request soups and veggies because they have much lower sodium content.

Spray Crock Pot with non-stick cooking spray. I’m also a huge fan of my Crock Pot because it makes meals so easy!

Allow chili to cook on “warm” or “low” setting for 3 hours or so. Serves 2 people, or one heartily with leftovers. Enjoy! 🙂

P.S. Do you like to try out recipes from different types of diets (e.g. vegan, PALEO, gluten-free)?
P.P.S. Happy Halloween! 🙂


Love Thyself


Yesterday afternoon, I was a bit of a Debbie Downer, as I tweeted:

One of my sorority sisters, Colleen, reminded me to take a break, turn off the TV, and do something fun in the name of self-care. And ya know what?

She’s exactly right.

I had been glued to the boob tube all. day. long. Watching the flood warnings, highway closings, and waves lapping at homes and businesses was fascinating, of course, but I wasn’t doing myself any favors. Somehow, I slipped from watching for “updates” to watching for the sake of watching. I also slid from a carefree state about the impending storm to a state of filling every large container I could find with water, and rushing around in pursuit of D batteries.

That’s when I knew it was time to get up and get moving. I dragged my butt from the couch to the gym and hit the elliptical. Not only did I feel great physically afterward, I cleared my head of stress and anxiety.

Later, because, you know, I wanted to revisit that stressful state, I ventured out in the rain and frenzied traffic because I “needed” wine. Karma is legit, my blends; I stood clutching my wine as the panicked woman in line in front of me narrated her life story — in storm survival tales — as she unloaded an unnecessary number of loaves of garlic bread from her cart. I suppose Kroger wasn’t enough of a challenge for me, because I drove out to one of the city’s busiest roads for Chick-Fil-A.

The take-home lesson from yesterday’s adventures: it is apparent that Hurricane Sandy could not have been weathered without a Chick’n Strips Salad, Barefoot, or the company of a great friend 🙂

The second take-home lesson: Colleen was exactly right. Self-care cannot be neglected. Do something for you today. Read a chapter of a book. Light a fire in the fireplace and enjoy a quiet cup of cocoa. Complete a workout circuit you enjoy. Fill the tub up with scenty bubbles and relax.  Work on a craft or project you haven’t had time for. Whatever you do today, make sure you include self-care!

P.S. I hope y’all stayed safe and dry during Sandy’s wrath!