Wednesday, May 4, 2011

3 New Dinners

Since arriving home from New York late Friday evening, I have made 3 new dinner recipes.

I came up with Chipotle Chicken Chili on Saturday evening because I needed to throw something together with the minimal ingredients we had on hand: sour cream, frozen chicken and pantry staples.

Chipotle Chicken Chili 
(Serves 2-3)

1 tsp coconut oil (or other)
Diced chicken (1 lg breast or 3 thighs) 
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
19 oz can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chipotle powder
1 cup sour cream

Heat oil on medium. Add chicken and cook until browned.  Throw in onion and garlic and cook until onion is starting to become translucent.  Add broth, beans and spices and simmer until desired thickness.  Stir in sour cream before serving.  Dollop with more sour cream if desired, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Hippie Bowl
(serves 2-3) 

Hippie Sauce

1/4 cup almond butter
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup chickpeas (drained/rinsed)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 t curry powder
small handful fresh cilantro leaves

Other Ingredients

1/2 block extra firm tofu

cooked brown rice
2 cups raw chopped veggies (I used tomato, red pepper and cucumbers)


Mix all ingredients for the hippie sauce into a blender and blend until very smooth.  Chop the tofu into cubes and let sit in sauce for a couple minutes.  Layer in bowls, first warm brown rice, then the tofu with sauce, then the raw veggies on top.

I also made a giant pot of black beans, which was very time consuming, but well worth it. I served them over rice and topped them with a handful or two of cilantro.

I haven't only been cooking.  I have also been juicing lovely colour combinations. 

In other news, blogger is acting up again, and my reader is not working for blogs.  I have tried to find all of your blogs to catch up on the last couple of posts, and I think I have found them all.  I hope blogger is fixed very soon.  Also, tonight was my first day of class for the spring semester - looks like it will be a good one!

How is your week going so far?  
Have you made any new recipes this week?  
Do you have any plans for Cinco De Mayo?
Are you taking any classes this spring?


Anonymous said...

I love finding fellow Canadians in the blog world. That smoothie looks like a lot of fun. Good luck in your spring semester...Im sooo glad to be done with that

Averie said...

hippie bowl, love it!

plans for cinco de mayo = working. boo!

Simply Life said...

looks like some great new meals to come home to!

winkingannie said...

Black beans and rice is my total comfort food! It always reminds me of big family get togethers. :)

Kacy said...

The hippie bowl looks so good!
I think I'm going to go have a beer with a friend, but not doing much.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans said...

We discussed different Mexican food options to make for tonight and somehow ended up on empanadas... which aren't Mexican. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

Did you cook the beans themselves or did you use a recipe? I'm clueless because I've only ever bought them canned!

Anonymous said...

Love the chili recipe. I forgot it was cinco de mayo until this morning. I don't have any plans but I'm in the mood for something Mexican!

:Deliciously Healthy said...

that chili looks amazing!

Lauri ( said...

Mmmmm... Beans + cilantro! I could totoally live off of those 2!

No plans for cinco de mayo... Just something 'mexican inspired' for dinner! Beans & Rice anyone?!

sophia said...

Today is Cinco de MAyo and I FINALLY think I found an apt! Time to celebrate!

And I am SO making that chipotle chili...I actually have all the ingredients! Woo hoo!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

Hippie bowl sounds sooooo good. I just like the idea of it! haa

Alanna said...

Mmm, all of those meals look great! The hippy bowl looks so fresh :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Mmmm, those recipes look delish! Esp the first one! Mmm..

My week was good - it was pretty busy, but good!!

I am done with formal school so have no classes, but I am studying for this big test which is actually a bigger time commitment than my grad school program was, which has been surprising!

Anonymous said...

i hate blogger...have you ever thought about turning off your password verification? WTF is nutritional it GOOD?