Friday, May 10, 2013

KISS Chili Recipe

Okay, it's high time you learn about the way I really cook. In hopes that you can learn to do the same.

When my friend Joanne Kraft began to prod, beg and coerce me to set up a blog so I could help people navigate the road to wellness plus provide delicious, healthy recipes, I protested loudly. I typically don't use recipes. I open my cabinets and refrigerator and make up meals. The simpler the better. You know... the KISS methodKeep It Simple Stupid/Silly (fill-in your own word that starts with an S).

I've told you in My Cancer Fighting Lifestyle that most meals consist of fish (wild-caught, of course) either grilled or baked and rubbed with spices served with some roasted or steamed veggies or salad. I love to throw together stir-fry veggie meals too. So easy. Stir up a batch of cut-up veggies in a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add some Bragg's Liquid Aminos, the best and healthiest soy sauce alternative. Liquid Aminos is full of essential amino acids, 310 mg of protein in 1/2 teaspoon.

This quick chili recipe is a great example of a typical meal I'd make up. I pulled it together one evening and found it delicious and satisfying. For the flavors to be right, its key to use spice amounts appropriate for your family's taste. I've mentioned before that the heat of chili powders will vary so I listed the chili powder amount as a dash. Of course you'll add more than a dash, but be aware of how hot it may make your chili.

For a topping, I used Daiya non-dairy grated cheese. You can use your favorite grated cheese, but remember you want to use organic to ensure no GMOs, antibiotics or hormones in your food.

KISS Chili

From Chris Pedersen
Time 20 minutes
Yield 2 servings

Category Main Course
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4-1/2 red pepper, chopped
dash of chili powder
dash of cumin
1 tsp oregano
dash celery salt
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
grated cheese or Daiya

1. Heat olive oil in sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and stir. Cook until onions are translucent.
2. Add garlic and stir. 
3. Add seasoning amounts to your liking and stir.
4. Add peppers. Cook until peppers have softened then add tomatoes.
5. Add beans and cook until hot. Serve with grated cheese or non-dairy cheese (e.g. Daiya).

For your KISS challenge, should you choose to accept it, survey your spices and open up the pantry and refrigerator. Now make up a meal and report back how it turned out.


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