It is still snowing here in Chicagoland. I heard on the radio this morning that a group of people are looking to do a polar plunge into their lake, but it’s still frozen over…Brrr! (Check out these fun pictures from a recent Lake Michigan Plunge! No, I wasn’t there!) As we prepare for the weekend and the chill it brings, I would like to offer up a few tasty new recipes to keep you warm, cozy, and healthy!;)
Lean Green Chili
Ingredients| Serves 8
30 ounces canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground jalapeño
1 jalapeño, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces canned green chiles, drained
28 ounces canned tomatillos, drained
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon celery flakes
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
Place all of the ingredients except the chicken in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Stir in the chicken, put the lid back on, and cook for an additional hour on low. Stir before serving.
Per Serving Calories: 190 | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 320mg | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fiber: 7g | Protein: 17g |
Cube leftover cooked chicken or turkey breast and freeze in clearly marked 1- or 2-cup packages. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before using. Cooked poultry should be added to a recipe during the last hour of cooking.
A tasty treat for the breakfast lovers. Here is my own concoction of a healthy pancake loaf!
2 cups baking mix. (In this house we are using a gluten-free baking mix. You could substitute baking mix of your choosing!)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon Flaxseed
1 cup milk of your choosing (cow’s, almond, coconut, and rice milk all work great!)
1 cup water
2 eggs (flaxseed can also work great as an egg substitute if you have any allergies or are Vegan.)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoon Agave nectar or honey
Mix all of the dry ingredients first. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry. Place batter into a loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 35-45 minutes. Feel free to have creative freedom with your pancake loaf topping it with nuts, chocolate chips, or berries!
Here is a playlist that will help you relax into the last of our winter nights as you are hanging out at home, whipping up these and other favorite recipes, or lounging in front of the fire!
Lastly, don’t get too comfortable! I encourage you to continue your fitness routine despite my post regarding toasty fires and comfort food! Check out the benefits of working out in cooler weather temperatures.
Have a great weekend!