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Sweet Potato Chili – A Winnipeger getting soft skin

by Destini on April 11, 2012

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, hopefully not too full of sugar. Didn’t have much over here. We went to my my sister-in-laws for Easter lunch. Kept it pretty easy. It has been slightly colder as of late…I know its only April and I live in Winnipeg. We just have been very spoiled and I think I let it get to me.

I have seen many versions of this type of recipe. This is a mixture of all the things I loved from them. It’s wonderful and the perfect thing to warm me up on these slightly colder days.

Ingredients: Yields: 6 Servings

  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 13 oz can of pinto beans
  • 13 oz can of black beans
  • 20oz peeled, sweet potatoes and cut into 1inch cubed
  • 2 cans of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies or use 28oz can of diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup diced green chilies
  • 1lg onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 cup green pepper
  • 1.5T chili powder
  • 1t cumin
  • 1t orange zest

Directions: Put all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 4hours. Or cook in one large pot till sweet potatoes are soft.

I know this is very fall feeling, but I will eat this all year round till my stomach can’t handle anymore.

YUMMMMMM, the spice from the green chili’s is just so inviting.

Now onto some new to me and new new to me items. I have been trying to focus a lot on the photos I share with you on the blog. One of the many tricks I learned for dressing up the food is shopping  at thrift stores and getting some lovely old but pretty pieces. I got all this for under $5!! I feel like I won at my first thrift store shopping.

A little dirty, but nothing the dishwasher can’t fix.

Now onto my new new to me items. I had a gift card from my bridal shower(yeah that was almost a year ago) that I had not used for the most amazing little kitchen store called The Happy Cooker.  I originally was going to use it towards a le creuset dutch oven….and I am still going to get one. Just not at this very second. So instead I picked up some items that I just fell in love with and actually needed.

Aren’t those colours just amazing? LOOOVE them.

Not much happening here tonight, husband works late so I think I will relax, watch some of my horrible reality tv and maybe enjoy a glass of vino. Just one of those days.

Question: Do you shop in thrift stores? If so, what do you like purchasing in them?

P.S If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to enter in my Eat Awesome ebook giveaway! I am giving away TWO copies of this beautiful ebook by Paul Jarvis. I love it.

PP.SS I am a red head again, I will post a picture when my hair isn’t dirty and been up in a ponytail all day.

Happy Wednesday


Left over chili? Let’s make breakfast!

by Destini on February 5, 2012

Hey Everyone!!

How was everyone’s weekend? Our local movie theater is playing classic movies that we vote on via Facebook every month! How awesome is that? Best part? They are only $6 each. I honestly don’t remember the last time I spent $6 on a movie at the theater that wasn’t the cheap theater. My husband is obsessed with The Big Lebowski. He only just recently saw it and always quotes it. So when he heard that the theater was showing it….we had to go! I hadn’t seen this for years so it was fun to see it again. Funny note- as I write this, I hear him saying quotes from the movie to a buddy of his, Yep I am doomed to live with quotes from the dude forever.

Tonight was Super Bowl, as any of you know….I am a Packers fan. So this was hard to watch. All I could think about was that “this should be the Packers”. I am a disgruntled fan. But I will live. However, one of my favorite part’s of Super Bowl is the food. I made chili(this year turkey), sweet potato wedges and dip. Plus a bag of Popchips. But as always…..I have leftovers. I probably have enough chili for a small army! Sure my husband can take it to work for lunch for the next week or lifetime…….but why not make this fun?

My husband told me this morning as he awake to the smell of chili slowly cooking in the crockpot that he would like to eat chili eggs for breakfast. So what did he get? Exactly that.

Mexican Chili Eggs Casserole

preheat oven to 350c

This is super easy, take the left over chili you have and spoon a couple ladle’s worth of chili on the bottom of a oven safe casserole dish. Make small indents in the chili and crack eggs on-top of each. Bake covered in oven for 8-10minutes or till egg yolk is slightly white(or more depending on how you like you eggs). Serve with avocado and fresh cilantro.

My husband had his on-top of toast with shredded soy cheese on top. I was informed that we should have “Super Bowl’s” every month so he can have this for breakfast. I suppose we will be having chili much more.

Question: Did you make chili for Super Bowl? Do you send it to work with you or do you eat it all?

Oh and if you haven’t don’t forget to enter into my favorite thing’s giveaway! Winner will be announced February 11th!!


Super Bowl Insanity

February 8, 2011

This past Sunday was of course the Super Bowl. Now in my house this is HUGE! Even more so since my fiancés favorite team is the Green Bay Packers! As tradition would dictate I would be making Chili and other snack foods for a bunch of football fans. Normally I would be making a very healthy dish of chili if this was a normal day. But I spoiled my fiancé and made some that wasn’t so much. However healthy substitutes can be easily made! 1lb Extra Lean Ground Beef 1lb Hot Italian Sausage 4 (15oz) cans chili beans, drained 2 (28oz) cans diced tomatoes with juice 1 (6oz) can of […]

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