A chilly fall Saturday typically brings thoughts of lounging around in our pj's until way later than planned. Late breakfasts followed by snack lunches with the oven constantly warm. Football on in the background. Craft projects covering the family table. Slippers scattered all about the house. Giggling girls and one big happy family!
UH- nope- not now!! This may be what we dream of or set our minds on at the beginning of the week but very rarely happens. With two busy chickadees and parents involved in different activities and interests, we tend to be on the go. So with being on the go also throws out the window any plans of slow cooking weekends. Instead, I tend to plan out a meal that I know I can get together in the late afternoon and have ready to eat soon after.
Chili is one of my comfort favorites to include as a meal on such weekends. Of course, it's wonderful thrown in the slow-cooker but sometimes it's just easier to heat and eat. What are some of your favorite slow-cooker comfort foods that you turn into speedy meals?
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1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced sweet onion
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (I love these from Muir Glen!)
1 can no salt added tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can water
1/2 cup brewed coffee (It's just fine to use leftover coffee from that morning!)
1 tbsp molasses (honey works well too- lends a milder flavor)
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp red chili flakes
2 tsp coarse sea salt
In large stockpot heat oil to medium high and saute onions and garlic until tender. Add green peppers and let cook for 5 minutes. Stir in carrots, beans and tomatoes and bring to simmer. Toss in remainder ingredients and blend together. Bring back to medium heat and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite toppings!
What toppings do you add? Crackers, cheese, sour cream, spaghetti or a hearty chunk of bread?