Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sneaky cooking.... yes I do that!! :)

I admit it. I sneak things into our food all the time. Healthy things make it into my kids and husband all the time and they are unaware!! I LOVE it, and their bodies love it, too. My kids really enjoy my chili.... all because it doesn't seem like it has any beans. Anyone else want to sneak some beans into their kids?? :) (I will admit that now that the kids are older they realize that there are beans in my chili, but they don't mind at all.)

Here is my recipe. It is in the Money Wise Simple Family Supper menu plan kit. Enjoy!

Kids will love it CHILI

**Efficient Cooking: Brown up extra meat and Freeze

Crock Pot or Stove Top


1 pound browned ground meat

2 cans chili beans (use re-fried beans if you don’t have a blender)

1 can water

1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice or V-8 (here is another way to sneak in veggies)

1-2 tsp onion powder

½-1 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta of your choice (optional)

Crock Pot Directions:

1) Brown meat

2) Blend beans and 1 can of water in blender till smooth. Kids will love this chili because they won’t know that it has fiber and protein rich beans in it. The blending also reduces “bean affect”!!! If you don’t have a blender you can use refried beans instead.

3) Place all ingredients (except pasta) in crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 3-5 hours.

4) During last 45 minutes add pasta and cover and cook till pasta is tender.

Stove Top Directions:

1) Same as above

2) Place all ingredients (except pasta) in soup kettle. Cover and bring to boil on medium/low heat.

3) Once the chili has come to a boil add optional pasta. Simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Side Suggestions: Salad and cornbread. (cornbread mix is EASY, just follow directions on side of box)

What is for supper?? Eliminate this daily stress from your life!


tammi said...

I totally do "sneaky cooking" too ~ especially when using ground beef/venison and a tomato base!! Those flavours hide a MULTITUDE of healthiness!! ;) When I make chili, I substitute half the meat with chopped zucchini!

(I need to periodically go through my freezers and chop up all the freezer-burnt veggies to use in a similar manner!!)

Dawn said...

LOVE this recipe! I love chili but no one else in the family will eat it because of the beans. I am going to try this for sure!