It's been a week of packing and moving and saying goodbye and hello. You know how it is. Life changes, man. But even in the chaos of all the check lists and full boxes, there's always an opportunity to take a breath, make some food, and eat with the people who make life big and colorful and specific to you. Even if it is just a little breath (about the length of a stupid movie on Netflix and two bowls of chili).
Goal for the week: even if (ESPECIALLY IF) your week is stressful and heavy with tasks and jobs and duties, slow down for a moment to make a good meal (like this chili, for instance!) and connect with someone in your life you haven't had time to spend time with in a while. Trust me, the stress will somehow seem less so...stressful. And, if anything, you get to eat! And who doesn't like to eat?!
- 1 pound of ground beef (93% lean)
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes (or make it yourself! Chop tomatoes with juice, green chilis, and mix with about 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of salt)
- 1 tbsp chili powder (make it yourself! Combine paprika, cumin, salt, garlic powder, onion powder)
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
- Put ground beef in a large frying pan and cook on medium heat until browned. It's okay if some pieces are still a darker red since the beef will cook down for a longer period of time.
- If there is excess grease, drain meat. I don't mind a little liquid, especially if the beef is not very fatty.
- Mix the chili powder with the meat to thoroughly coat it.
- Pour kidney beans in strainer and wash with water (to remove the excess oil it sits in). Add to the meat in the pan. Turn heat down to low (about 2-3 on the burner).
- Pour Rotel can (or your own tomato mixture) on top of kidney beans and meat. Mix thoroughly.
- Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Serve over a bed of broccoli florets (or noodles if you're feeling it!) and top with avocado and hot sauce.
- Eat and enjoy!
This dish is a family favorite. It was specifically requested for our "Roommate Family Dinner" last meal. I left the little apartment I spent three years inhabiting with some of the best people I've ever known to start the next life chapter. And yes, change can be difficult, of course. But we'll always have this recipe to keep us connected. Isn't that the best thing about food?
4g fat/10g carbs/19g protein/156 calories (per 1 serving of about 6)
Note: I am not a nutritionist, and the above f/c/p breakdown is an estimate. Please consult a physician or dietician before embarking on a regimented diet.